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Latex Allergies

Eric Kim

Latex allergy

Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex, a product manufactured from a milky fluid that comes from the rubber tree. If you have a latex allergy, your body mistakes latex for a harmful substance. Latex allergy may cause allergic reactions ranging from sneezing or a runny nose to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition. Your doctor may determine if you have a latex allergy or if you're at risk of developing a latex allergy. 

Latex allergy symptom

Allergy to latex proteins is a medical problem with symptoms similar to those seen in individuals who are allergic to bee venom or cat dander. Reactions on exposure to the allergen are generally acute and may mimic hay fever or asthma, with symptoms such as nasal congestion, hives or difficulty breathing. The most severe cases can result in anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal reaction that affects many parts of the body at once.The broad range of symptoms includes contact dermatitis, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, angioedema (welts), asthma and anaphylaxis. Some of these symptoms can be related to proteins being released in the air when donning powdered gloves.

 

What you can do to prevent latex allergies

Workers with a history of latex sensitivity must stop wearing latex gloves, and avoid exposure in the workplace environment where latex is used. Request that people you work with use gloves that aren't powdered with cornstarch. Choose a suitable alternative such as nitrile or vinyl. However caution should be taken since many synthetic or non-latex products are not equally impermeable to blood borne pathogens.

 

 



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