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Latex Allergy
Created by udent on 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

As more people encounter latex for a longer period of time, reported incidence rate of latex allergy has raised sharply. This has led to an ongoing research, new regulations, new products, and more awareness.


As more people encounter latex for a longer period of time, reported incidence rate of latex allergy has raised sharply. This has led to an ongoing research, new regulations, new products, and more awareness.

What causes latex allergy?

Natural rubber is a milky fluid found in rubber trees. Among other substances, fresh latex contains many proteins that might cause a reaction. Although many medical and consumer products made from natural rubber latex is safely used by millions of people; some people may react to these products.

What reaction does latex cause?

There are three reactions that exposure to latex cause:

  • Irritant dermatitis: A non-allergic response, caused by the residual chemicals that are found in the latex gloves or any other latex containing products.
  • Type IV delayed hypersensitivity: An allergic response, caused by the residual chemicals in the latex as well as some synthetic rubber products. Type IV reaction is a contact dermatitis with symptoms of itching, redness, sores and thickened skin.
  • Type I immediate hypersensitivity: A reaction to the proteins in the latex, symptoms include itching, urticaria, angioedema, asthma and anaphylaxis, which is a life threatening situation.

What if you suspect latex allergy?

If you think that you experiencing a latex allergy, the first step is to see a qualified professional to identify the cause of the reaction and to have a management strategy formulated. Try to avoid contact with all latex products, and notify your health professionals that you may have an allergy to latex so they can take the appropriate precaution.

What products may contain latex?

  • Bandages and tape
  • Tires
  • Balloons and balls
  • Baby bottle nipples and pacifiers
  • Hoses and shower caps
  • Condoms and diaphragms
  • Electric and telephone cords
  • Binoculars, cameras, and straps
  • Latex paint
  • Rubber bands
  • Makeup
  • Dentures
  • Toys
  • Cushions and padding
  • Shoes, swim suits and rain coats
  • Any rubber products
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22yr old need a shower cap so i dont break out with rash when i take a shower
allergy to elastic and latex
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