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Altered mental status and delayed serious allergic reaction after drinking the boiled water of nettle (Urtica dioica)

Author(s): Ahmet Tuğrul ZEYTİN | Nurdan ERGÜN | Arif Alper ÇEVİK | Hamit ÖZÇELİK

Journal: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN 1304-7361

Volume: 8;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 136;
Date: 2008;

Keywords: Allergy | altered mental status | Urtica dioica.

Members of nettle family plants (Urticaceae) are frequently found in Anatolia. In Turkey, the most seen kind is Urtica dioica. The people believe that the nettle is useful in cancer therapy, diseases of pancreas, high blood sugar and common cold. Although local allergic reactions of nettle is well known, altered mental status and delayed serious allergic reactions has not been reported yet. In the case report, we report a case of altered mental status and a delayed serious allergic reaction due to the ingestion of boiled nettle water.
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