Glendale Woodturners Guild - Est. 1993
Glendale Woodturners Guild - Est. 1993

Wood Alergies and Toxicity

Source:  The wood Database


Wood Species


Area(s) Affected


Abura irritant, nausea, giddiness, and vomiting
African Blackwood irritant, sensitizer
African Boxwood irritant, headache, asthma
Afrormosia irritant, nervous system effects, asthma, splinters go septic
Afzelia irritant, sneezing
Agba irritant
Ailanthus irritant
Albizia irritant, nausea, pink eye, giddiness, nose bleeds
Alder (Alnus genus) irritant
Alligator Juniper irritant

Alpine Ash irritant
Amboyna irritant, asthma

Andiroba irritant, sneezing
Araracanga irritant, asthma
Ash (Fraxinus genus) irritant
Ash, Mountain irritant
Australian Blackwood irritant, sensitizer, asthma
Australian Cashew Nut irritant, skin lesions, nosebleeds
Avodire irritant, nose bleeds, internal bleeding, asthma
Balsa irritant
Bamboo irritant
Batai irritant, sneezing
Birch (Betula genus) irritant, sensitizer, nausea
Black Cherry wheezing, giddiness
Black Locust irritant, nausea
Blackbean irritant
Bloodwood irritant, excessive thirst, salivation, nausea
Bloodwood, Red (Australian) irritant
Blue Gum irritant
Blue Mahoe sneezing
Bocote cross reactions possible once sensitivity  to other woods have developed
Bosse irritant, sensitizer, asthma, nausea, headache
Box, White irritant, rash
Boxwood irritant, sensitizer
Brazilwood irritant, headache, nausea, swelling skin, blisters
Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) irritant
Brownheart irritant
Bubinga irritant, lesions
Buckthorn irritant, sap can cause dermatitis
Bulletwood irritant
Camphor irritant, asthma, headaches, giddiness
Cashew irritant, sensitizer
Catalpa irritant
Cedar, Alaskan Yellow irritant
Cedar, Aromatic Red irritant

Cedar, Atlantic White irritant
Cedar, Australian Red irritant, asthma, migraine, giddiness, bronchitis, stomach cramps, NPC (rare)
Cedar, Incense irritant, rashes
Cedar of Lebanon irritant, asthma, runny nose, respiratory disorders
Cedar, Northern White irritant, asthma
Cedar, Port Orford irritant, runny nose, asthma, kidney problems (diuresis)
Cedar, Spanish irritant
Cedar, Southern Red irritant
Cedar, Western Red irritant, sensitizer, runny nose, asthma, nervous system effects, NPC (rare)
Chechen irritant, sensitizer
Chestnut, Chinese (Castanea mollissima) irritant
Chestnut, Sweet irritant, sensitizer
Chico Zapote irritant (nasal)
Chinaberry irritant, headaches
Cocobolo irritant, sensitizer, nausea, asthma, pink eye
Cocuswood irritant
Coolibah irritant
Copaia irritant
Crow’s Ash irritant
Cuban Mahogany irritant

Cypress sensitizer
Cypress, Australian irritant, asthma, swelling of eyelids, boils, NPC (rare)
Cypress, Gowen irritant
Cypress, Leyland irritant
Cypress, Mediterranean irritant, rashes, headaches
Cypress, Mexican irritant
Cypress, Monterey irritant
Dahoma irritant, sensitizer
Dead Finish (Acacia tetragonophylla) irritant, splinters go septic
Douglas-fir irritant, giddiness, runny nose, splinters go septic, nausea
Ebony (Diospyros genus) irritant, sensitizer, pink eye
Ebony, Brown irritant
Ebony, Macassar irritant, sensitizer
Ekki irritant
Elm (Ulmus genus) irritant, sensitizer, NPC (rare)
European Beech irritant, sensitizer, NPC (rare)
Eyoum irritant
Fir (Abies genus) irritant
Fir, Balsam irritant
Freijo irritant, sensitizer, dryness/thirst
Garapa irritant
Gedu Nohor irritant
Goncalo Alves sensitizer
Grasstree irritant
Greenheart sensitizer, wheezing, severe throat irritation, splinters go septic, cardiac and intestinal disorders
Guanacaste irritant
Gum, Lemon-Scented irritant
Gum, Spotted irritant, rashes
Gum, Yellow irritant
Hackberry irritant
Hemlock, Eastern irritant
Hemlock, Mountain irritant
Hemlock, Western irritant, runny nose, NPC (rare)
Hophornbeam irritant
Hornbeam (Carpinus genus) irritant
Idigbo irritant
Imbuia irritant
Indian Beech (Pongamia pinnata) irritant
Indian Laurel irritant
Ipe irritant, headache, asthma, vision effects
Iroko irritant, sensitizer, asthma, boils, giddiness, HP
Ironwood, Desert irritant, sneezing, coughing
Jacareuba irritant, fainting, insomnia, kidney damage
Jarrah irritant
Jatoba irritant

Jelutong irritant
Juniper, Phoenician (Juniperus phoenicea) irritant, headache, nausea
Karri irritant
Katalox irritant
Keruing irritant
Kingwood irritant, sensitizer, pink eye
Koto irritant
Laburnum constitutional effects (nausea, vomiting, headaches); direct toxin N/A
Lacewood irritant
Larch (Larix genus) irritant, hives, lesions
Leadwood (Combretum genus) irritant
Lebbeck irritant
Lignum Vitae irritant
Limba irritant, hives, splinters go septic, asthma, bleeding of the nose and gums
Machiche irritant
Magnolia (Magnolia genus) asthma, runny nose
Mahogany, African irritant, sensitizer, NPC (rare)
Mahogany, Honduran irritant, sensitizer, boils, nausea, giddiness, asthma, HP
Mahogany, Santos irritant
Makore irritant, nausea, headache, giddiness, nervous system and blood effects
Mango irritant
Mansonia irritant, sensitizer, nausea, sneezing, headaches, nosebleeds, splinters go septic, asthma, giddiness, cardiac disorders
Maple (Acer genus) irritant, sensitizer, asthma; HP in spalted maple
Maple, Queensland irritant
Marupa irritant
Meranti (Shorea genus) irritant
Merbau irritant
Mesquite (Prosopis genus) irritant
Messmate irritant, asthma
Milky Mangrove (Excoecaria agallocha) sap is poisonous, causes irritation to eyes and/or temporary blindness, headache, burning of throat, blistering of skin
Mimosa irritant
Missanda irritant, headache, giddiness, nausea, disorders of bowels and stomach
Moabi irritant (mucous membranes)
Molopangady (Breonia madagascariensis) irritant, sores
Monkeypod irritant
Mora irritant
Movingui irritant
Muhuhu irritant


(Acacia aneura)

irritant, headache, nausea, wood contains a virulent poisonous principle used for spear heads by aboriginals
Muninga irritant, asthma, bronchitis
Myrtle irritant, sensitizer
Myrtle, Tasmanian irritant
Narra irritant, asthma
New Zealand White Pine irritant
Norway Spruce irritant, asthma
Nyatoh irritant
Oak (Quercus genus) irritant, sensitizer, asthma, NPC (rare)
Obeche irritant, sensitizer, runny nose, sneezing, hives, asthma
Okoume irritant, cough, asthma, pink eye
Oleander (Nerium oleander) irritant, nearly every part of the plant is toxic, cardiac effects
Olive irritant, sensitizer
Opepe irritant, sensitizer, nervous system effects
Osage Orange irritant, sap can cause dermatitis
Osage Orange, Argentine irritant, sap can cause dermatitis
Padauk (Pterocarpus genus) irritant, sensitizer, nausea, asthma
Palm (Arecaceae family) irritant, constitutional effects
Parinari (Parinari genus) irritant
Partridgewood irritant, hives, coughing
Pau Ferro irritant, sensitizer
Pau Marfim irritant
Pau Rosa irritant
Pau Santo irritant
Peroba Rosa irritant, sensitizer, nausea, asthma
Persimmon irritant
Pheasantwood cavities in the wood can contain powder that is an irritant, skin discoloration
Pine (Pinus genus) irritant, runny nose, asthma
Pine, Huon irritant
Pistachio irritant
Poison Walnut (Cryptocarya pleurosperma) bark irritating to skin, dust may cause asthma, nausea, giddiness, sap is toxic and corrosive
Poplar irritant, blisters, asthma, bronchitis
Primavera irritant, sensitizer
Purpleheart irritant, sensitizer, nausea
Quebracho irritant, nausea, NPC (rare)
Quina irritant
Ramin irritant, splinters go septic, asthma
Redwood irritant, sensitizer, asthma, HP, NPC (rare)
Rengas sap is strongly irritating, blisters, ulcers, fever, constitutional effects
Rhodesian Teak irritant
Rose Butternut irritant, pink eye
Rosewood (Dalbergia genus) irritant, sensitizer, asthma
Rosewood, Brazilian irritant, sensitizer
Rosewood, East Indian irritant, sensitizer
Rosewood, Siamese irritant, rash, hives, sensitizer
Rubberwood irritant, sensitizer (latex allergy)
Saffron-Heart (Halfordia scleroxyloa) irritant, splinters go septic, lung congestion
Sassafras sensitizer, nausea, respiratory, direct toxin, NPC (rare)
Sapele irritant, sneezing
Satinwood, East Indian irritant, headache, diarrhea, sensitizer
Satinwood, West Indian irritant, diarrhea, rash, blisters, sensitizer
Shittim (Acacia seyal) irritant, coughing
Silky Oak, Northern irritant
Silky Oak, Southern irritant, sap may cause blistering of skin, eyelid inflammation
Sissoo irritant
Slash Pine irritant, asthma
Snakewood irritant
Sneezewood irritant, oils within the wood cause violent sneezing
Spruce (Picea genus) irritant, sensitizer
Sucupira irritant
Sugi unspecified allergenicity  
Sumac (Rhus genus) irritant, bark may cause blisters
Sweetgum irritant
Tambootie irritant, diarrhea, blindness, direct toxin
Tatajuba irritant
Teak irritant, sensitizer, rash, nausea, asthma, vision effects, pink eye, HP
Thuya irritant

Turpentine irritant, swelling
Tzalam cold-like symptoms
Utile irritant
Verawood sneezing
Walnut, African irritant, systemic effects, NPC (rare)
Walnut, Black irritant, sensitizer, NPC (rare)
Walnut, English irritant, NPC (rare)
Wamara irritant
Wenge irritant, sensitizer, splinters go septic, nervous system effects, abdominal cramps
Western Hemlock irritant, NPC (rare)
Western Juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) irritant

White Peroba irritant, sensitizer, asthma
Willow (Salix genus) sensitizer, nausea, NPC (rare)
Yew (Taxus genus) irritant, nausea, headache, cardiac effects, direct toxin
Yellowheart irritant

Zebrawood sensitizer
Ziricote cross reactions possible once sensitivity  to other woods have developed
Zitan  irritant, vomiting  


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