Echinacea Side Effects Information

Echinacea side effects, information and uses. Echinacea herbs allergic reaction. Echinacea for children.

Echinacea is probably the most important herbal immune stimulant in current use. Many people think that because echinacea is an herb that it can be safely taken without the risk of side effects. Unfortunately, this is not true.

Any substance that is powerful enough to alter the medical condition of the human body is strong enough to cause some adverse effect.

These are the side effects that a small percentage of people have reported after using echinacea herbs:

  • Changes in bowel habits, including constipation and diarrhea

  • Stomach pain

  • Nausea

  • Joint pain

  • Sore throat

  • Fever

  • Dizziness

  • Insomnia

  • Echinacea Allergic Reaction

    A small percentage of people will have an allergic reaction to any herb. Echinacea is no different. There is no way to predict this but you can be prepared.

    Watch for the following symptoms:

  • Itchy, watery eyes

  • Skin itch, especially after applying echinacea cream.

  • Runny nose
  • If you develop hives or experience difficulty breathing, or if your throat begins to swell, you may be having an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is serious and can become life threatening in just minutes. It is important that you receive treatment quickly.

    If you know that you have this reaction to any substance you can carry an Epi-Pen or Benadryl tablets. Antihistamines may stop anaphylaxis if they are administered quickly enough.

    Echinacea for Children

    The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine funded a study done by researchers at the University of Washington in which 524 children under the age of 12 were studied.

    Some of the children in the study received echinacea and some received a placebo beginning at the onset of cold symptoms. They were dosed twice a day for the duration of the cold.

    There was no difference in the duration or severity of symptoms between the two groups.

    Nothing on this site is meant as a substitute for a doctor's advice. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe echinacea side effects.

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