A group of 103 patients suspected of contact allergy was tested with the European standard series, wood tars and spices; paprika, cinnamon, laurel, celery seed, nutmeg, curry, black pepper, cloves, while pepper, coriander, cacao and garlic. 32 patients (Group I) were selected on the basis of positive tests to one or more of possible indicators for allergy to spices: colophony, balsam of Peru, fragrance‐mix and/or wood tars. 71 patients (Group II) showed no response to these indicators. In Group I (n= 32) a statistically significantly higher % of patients (47%) showed positive reactions to 1 or more spices, compared with 15% in Group II (N= 71). Among the spices, the highest numbers of reactions were found to nutmeg (28%), paprika (19%) and cloves (12%) in the indicator‐positive Group I. Fragrance‐mix turned out to be a particularly important indicator allergen, especially for paprika, nutmeg and cloves. The contact allergy in 11 out of 32 (Group I) and 7 out of 25 patch‐tested patients (recruited from Group II) appeared to be‐directed mainly against the ether‐extractable volatile fractions of the spices. Copyright

Allergic contact dermatitis, Balsam of Peru, Cloves, Colophony, Ether extraction, Fragrance-mix, Nutmeg, Paprika, Spices, Wood tars
dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0536.1990.tb01594.x, hdl.handle.net/1765/65057
Contact Dermatitis
Department of Clinical Chemistry

Van den Akker Th., W, Roesyanto-Mahadi, I.D, van Toorenenbergen, A.W, & van Joost, Th. (1990). Contact allergy to spices. Contact Dermatitis, 22(5), 267–272. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0536.1990.tb01594.x