Allergy, Melaeuca-Cajeput Tree

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    Melaleuca-cajeput tree, also known as the tea tree, is native to eastern Australia. It grows tall, up to twenty to thirty-three metres in height. The tree is known to have several biological activities such as antifungal, antiviral, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, etc. Many people use the melaleuca-cajeput tree as a remedy for many skin diseases and infections:

    • According to research, tea tree oil in some treatment gels can help treat acne.
    • For people suffering from lice, a combination of lavender oil along with tea tree oil can be effective in treating lice eggs.
    • When tea tree oil is used in its natural form or together with several antifungal therapies, it can help treat fungus in toenails.
    • Some creams containing tea tree oil can help relieve symptoms of the athlete’s foot.
    • A tea tree oil shampoo can be effective in treating dandruff and cleaning the scalp.

    Since tea tree oil or melaleuca-cajeput tree generally has antibacterial properties, it can cause an allergic reaction in many people. Many people do not experience any allergic reaction or symptoms when they use melaleuca-cajeput tree oil. However, some people may experience the following symptoms in the skin:

    • Itching and irritation
    • Scaling
    • Stinging 
    • Allergic rash
    • Dryness
    • Redness
    • Burning 

    You should not use tea tree oil if you have eczema. If you do use it accidentally, you may experience serious side effects such as:

    • Lack of muscle control or ataxia, where you experience a lack of coordination of voluntary movements
    • Confusion
    • Reduced level of consciousness

    The pollen of the melaleuca-cajeput pollen tree can cause asthma, allergic conjunctivitis, and allergic rhinitis in many people. Pollen extracts of the melaleuca-cajeput tree are analysed for allergenic and antigenic cross-reactivity. 

    Your doctor may suggest a melaleuca-cajeput tree allergy test in case you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above. If you experience these symptoms often or severely, you must consult a doctor at the earliest to receive appropriate treatment for the melaleuca-cajeput allergy. 

    At Apollo 24|7, you can easily opt for a melaleuca-cajeput allergy test to ensure that your doctor finds a suitable treatment to relieve or reduce your symptoms. With the help of medicines and reduced exposure, you can experience relieved symptoms. 

    Medically reviewed by Dr Jatin Ahuja, Infectious Diseases, Apollo Hospitals Indraprastha, South Delhi.

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    Frequently asked questions

    Pollen counts are usually high in the mornings. They reach their peak by midday or early afternoon, making it the worst time of the day for allergies. There is a high concentration of pollen in the air around this time. So, if you are allergic to pollens, it is advisable to check the pollen count in your area and then move outdoor.
    Melaleuca-cajeput allergy, also known as tea tree oil, is reported to affect 5% of people who regularly use tea tree oil. You may experience an allergic reaction such as blistering or rashes, irritation, etc. Many people using products made of cajeput tree experience allergic contact dermatitis. It can also cause cross-reactivity in people with a history of benzoin allergy.
    Many people suffer from allergies to specific trees like the cajeput tree. These allergies occur due to the pollens produced by each tree. Allergies depend on your body type, which determines whether you are allergic to a particular or multiple kinds of trees. You may experience an allergic reaction to different types of trees.
    If you suffer from a specific tree allergy, you can use over-the-counter antihistamine medicines. You can also consult a doctor to use immunotherapy tablets or shots to make your body immune to pollens. Nasal sprays are also very effective in relieving congestion and itching in the nose.
    Cajeput tree oil has multiple uses and is also used in alternative medicine for problems such as colds, wounds, and inflammation. Since it is similar to other natural oils, it does not cause any harm when you use it for aromatherapy. However, it may be harmful when you use it for direct application by inhaling it or using it on your skin or scalp.
    Applying cajeput tree oil directly to your skin may result in skin irritation and swelling. People allergic to it can face adverse cross-reactions such as itching and burning skin.

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    The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results