Rumex • Rumex acetosella
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma, allergic conjunctivitis.
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms.
Physical description: Male flowers are yellowish and female flowers are reddish; measures 4-16 inches in height; roots can reach depths of 5 feet; leaves have three lobes; stems are slender and reddish.
Environmental factors: Found in fields, pastures, meadows, lawns, waste places, and along roadsides; invasive plant species; seeds can remain viable in the soil for 10-20 years.
Cross-reactivity: Banana; cucumber; cantaloupe; chamomile tea; honeydew melon; ragweed; watermelon; zucchini.
Included species: Rumex acetosa, rumex albescens, rumex alpinus, and more
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Did You Know?
Rumex contains oxalic acid which can cause kidney or bladder stones if large quantities are consumed. Native Americans used it as an antidote for poison.