The only way for people with latex allergy to prevent symptoms is strict avoidance of latex. Learn more during Latex Allergy Awareness Week.
Latex Allergy News & Updates
Learn how you can minimize risk and maximize safety at Halloween when you have a child with a food allergy, asthma or latex allergy.
Learn more about a new study that shows exposure to heat in a car on a sunny day can decrease the concentration of epinephrine in auto-injectors.
Information and tips for avoiding exposure to latex if you have a latex allergy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a tip sheet you can download.
Learn how a pharmacist can be an important part of your healthcare team, from improving access to drugs and finding ways to lower costs.
Learn about the symptoms and treatment for reactions to poinsettia and how to avoid an allergic reaction to poinsettia during the holiday season.
Learn how major airlines are accommodating travelers with asthma and allergies. Also, find strategies you can use to minimize risk and maximize safety while traveling.
New FDA guidelines for healthcare professionals during COVID-19 loosen latex allergy standards, especially for glove use.
Dr. Sandra Gawchuk answers the Ask the Allergist question: What do patients with latex allergy need to know about cross-reactivity with fruits & vegetables?
Dr. Kevin Kelly presented an overview of natural rubber latex, components, and manufacture; the clinical presentation of latex allergy and related topics.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen reviewed the main source of natural rubber latex (NRL), seven products made with NRL and latex-fruit syndrome.
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Latex allergy is a reaction to proteins from the Havea brasiliensis rubber tree sap, the milky fluid used to manufacture more than 40,000 products including household and medical devices.
People with latex allergy often develop symptoms due to repeated use of latex gloves, helium balloons, condoms, or medical devices like catheters, wound drains or rubber tubing. People with latex allergies may also experience a reaction to certain foods, such as avocados, bananas, chestnuts and kiwi fruit, because these foods have similar protein structure to the rubber tree.
Latex allergy can cause hives, cramps, intense itching, sneezing and watery eyes. In rare cases, it causes chest pain, rapid heartbeat, trouble breathing, lowered blood pressure, or anaphylaxis. In these cases, emergency medical attention with an epinephrine auto-injector may be necessary.
There is no cure for latex allergies. The only way for people with latex allergy to prevent symptoms is to avoid latex. Limit exposure to latex products. Check labels or contact the manufacturer of a product to ensure it’s latex-safe. Wear a medical ID bracelet in case an accidental exposure results in emergency care.
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