Latex is a milky fluid that comes from the tropical rubber tree. Hundreds of everyday products contain latex. Repeated exposure to a protein in natural latex can make you more likely to develop a latex allergy. If your immune system detects the protein, a reaction can start in minutes. You could get a rash or asthma. In rare cases you could have a severe reaction called anaphylaxis.

Your doctor may use a physical exam and skin and blood tests to diagnose it. There are medicines to treat a reaction, but it is best to try to avoid latex. Common latex products include

  • Gloves
  • Condoms
  • Balloons
  • Rubber bands
  • Shoe soles
  • Pacifiers

You can find latex-free versions of these products.

Symptoms of Latex Allergy

The following features are indicative of Latex Allergy:
  • itching
  • skin redness
  • hives or rash
  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • itchy or watery eyes
  • scratchy throat
  • difficulty breathing
  • wheezing
  • cough

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Common Causes of Latex Allergy

The following are the most common causes of Latex Allergy:
  • touching latex-containing products such as latex gloves, condoms and balloons
  • inhaling latex particles released by latex products especially gloves

Risk Factors for Latex Allergy

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Latex Allergy:
  • children with spina bifida
  • industrial rubber workers
  • health care providers
  • people with multiple surgical procedures

Prevention of Latex Allergy

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Latex Allergy. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid contact with latex products including gloves
  • avoid areas where the risk of inhalation is high
  • wear a medical alert bracelet

Occurrence of Latex Allergy

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Latex Allergy cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Latex Allergy can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Latex Allergy can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Latex Allergy

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Latex Allergy:
  • Physical examination: To check for sensitivity to latex
  • Skin test: To check allergic reactions by applying latex on the skin
  • Blood test: To test for sensitivity to latex

Doctor for Diagnosis of Latex Allergy

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Latex Allergy:
  • Allergist

Complications of Latex Allergy if untreated

Yes, Latex Allergy causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Latex Allergy is left untreated:
  • more serious systemic allergic reaction

Procedures for Treatment of Latex Allergy

The following procedures are used to treat Latex Allergy:
  • no known procedures

Self-care for Latex Allergy

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Latex Allergy:
  • Use non-latex gloves for activities
  • Practice good housekeeping: Clean areas contaminated with latex-containing dust

Patient Support for Treatment of Latex Allergy

The following actions may help Latex Allergy patients:
  • Education: Learn how to recognize and maintain the symptoms of latex allergy

Time for Treatment of Latex Allergy

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Latex Allergy to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Disease cannot be treated but only maintained or effects reduced

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Latex Allergy.

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