Asia Pac Allergy.  2016 Jul;6(3):192-194. 10.5415/apallergy.2016.6.3.192.

Marking nut anaphylaxis

  • 1Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia.
  • 2Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia.
  • 3Allergy SA, Adelaide, South Australia 5067, Australia.


Marking nut Semecarpus anacardium, so-called because it contains a pigment that has been used in the past to mark fabrics, is a known cause of contact hypersensitivity. It may be ingested as an ingredient of some traditional Hindi foods. We describe the first reported case of anaphylaxis to marking nut.


Marking nut; Anaphylaxis; Hypersensitivity

MeSH Terms

Dermatitis, Contact


  • Fig. 1 (A) Marking nut. (B) Protein electrophoresis comparing marking nut extract and cashew nut extract. Lane 1, BenchMark unstained protein ladder (Life Technologies, a subsidiary of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA); lane 2, cashew nut extract; lane 3, marking nut extract.

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