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Latex Allergy

About Latex Allergy

Latex allergic reaction may be serious but a very rare fatal allergy. An allergen to latex should avoid or limit using latex products.

People who are at higher risk to latex allergy

  • Health care workers and others who wear latex gloves
  • Children with spina bifida
  • People exposed to rubber latex
  • People with other allergies such as hay fever

Triggers

  • Any medical procedure done wearing natural rubber latex gloves
  • Playing with rubber balloon

Symptoms

  • Runny nose
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Skin irritation
  • Anaphylaxis

Management

Latex allergy is diagnosed by an allergic blood test.

The possible treatments for latex allergy are

  • Avoid direct contact with latex products
  • Avoid food that contains latex
  • Prior information of your latex allergy before any medication or dental care
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