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can someone develop an allergy to latex?

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Dr. Douglas Lotz
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Yes: Latex allergy does occur and can range in severity from a contact dermatitis/rash to anaphylaxis. If you think you may have a latex allergy, you should discuss this with your pmd or a board certified allergist.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can someone develop an allergy to latex later in life?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Generally you have to become sensitized to latex before you can become allergic to it. This means you need to be exposed to it at least once for your immune system to "learn" or recognize latex, and then again another time, for it to respond/react to the latex. It is this response that leads to the rash, itching, etc.
A 31-year-old member asked:

If you have an allergy to latex and use a latex paint in your house, are you allergic to the walls?

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Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
NO!!!: Latex paint does not have any rubber latex. It is called latex paint only because it looks like latex when it dries. Fumes from any paints are irritating when painting and soon after paint has dried. Especially to those with other respiratory problems like asthma.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you develop allergy to latex?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Yes: It is possible to develop allergy to latex, even in adulthood. Unfortunately, the testing for establishing a diagnosis is not as accurate as other allergy tests.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Will an allergy to latex rubber or any rubber products ever go away?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Probably not: Latex allergy can be very tenacious, but the severity of allergic symptoms typically decreases as the allergen is strictly avoided for months or years. However, even if your allergic symptoms don't come back with occasional, mild exposures to latex proteins, it is likely that if you re-expose yourself to latex proteins repeatedly in large amounts, all of your latex allergy symptoms may return.

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