Cross-reactivity between Ficus benjamina latex and fig fruit in patients with clinical fig allergy.

BACKGROUND Anaphylactic reactions to fig fruits (Ficus carica) have been reported from subjects sensitized to Ficus benjamina (FB) latex allergens. Figs may also be involved in the latex-fruit syndrome. OBJECTIVE To study the immunologic relationship between fig fruit, Ficus benjamina, natural rubber latex (Hevea brasiliensis), and other tropical fruits… (More)