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Please explain what are some symptoms of allergy reaction to latex bands used in orthodontic treatment?

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Latex Allergy: Latex sensitivity can cause redness and swelling inside the cheeks. Usually this is not painful but may have a tingling or itchy feeling. It is always important to notify your doctor of any type of reaction like this so that non latex bands can be used. Also, no latex gloves should be used at each visit. If you do have a reaction, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) should help.

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Latex allergy: Any type of allergy should always be reported to your dentist immediately. There are many materials used in dentistry that contain latex. Many times you don't know if you are allergic to something if you have never had it before, but if you do know you must tell your dr before undertaking any treatment.

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Latex allergy: Relatively rare. May have itching, swelling of lips/cheeks/tongue, redness of inside of cheeks opposite location of the elastics, hives, difficulty swallowing or breathing. If you think you are having a problem, stop wearing elastics and call your Orthodontic Specialist immediately. Referral to an Allergist may be in order.

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