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william trench
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Walnut Reaction
Aug 21st, 2016 at 5:44pm
 
I have a friend with a tree service here in lower NY and they took down some big branches off a very mature Walnut on Thursday. It was covered with  immature nuts. They chipped all the branches.
Two on the crew have been ill since that night. Nauseous and weak. The climber developed swelling on both forearms.
Seems too much for all three to suddenly develop allergies. It's been three days.
Any ideas ?
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Re: Walnut Reaction
Reply #1 - Aug 21st, 2016 at 6:00pm
 
Google " Walnut Allergy". Not uncommon.
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Re: Walnut Reaction
Reply #2 - Aug 21st, 2016 at 7:36pm
 
Dwight Rutherford wrote on Aug 21st, 2016 at 6:00pm:
Google " Walnut Allergy". Not uncommon.


Also the tree could have absorbed something that was released when cut.
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Reply #3 - Aug 21st, 2016 at 7:54pm
 
Hopefully if they develop similar symtoms in the future from walnut or any other wood to beat feet for a doctor in case it becomes a full blown allergic reaction.  There may not be time to seek medical care if they wait to see what happens.
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Reply #4 - Aug 22nd, 2016 at 5:05am
 
I did google the symptoms and they are spot on. I think it has to do with this particular tree and maybe the stage it was in and also maybe the brutal heat of the day. Maybe even something in the nut husks. They have all work walnut trees in the past. I am especially concerned as the woman who owns the service and who was doing the groundwork/chipping is the new love of my life. In fact , she and her guy was were doing the chipping are the ones who are ill.
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Reply #5 - Aug 22nd, 2016 at 10:28am
 
I cut up a green stump burl once, black walnut on the bottom, English grafted onto the top. The sap raised blisters on my hand since I wasn't wearing gloves. Just about every thing on walnut trees is toxic to some extent which is why you generally don't put walnut shavings in the garden other than for weed control. I don't turn it any more because I have started to feel itchy and sneezy after a turning session. The green wood seems to be worse than the dry.

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