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Latex Allergy Reaction
Various Options: An immediate reaction to latex should be treated with antihistamines like Zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and epinephrine injection if more severe symptoms develop. If you have a localized rash to an adhesive then this is likely an irritant reaction and will go away soon after removing the product. Topical steroid creams can help resolve rash sooner. ...Read more
Chemicals: When a person reacts to latex gloves, if it is not the natural rubber latex then it can be the chemicals (vulcanizers) used during the manufacturing process. There are many chemicals used and these can be tested for in a patch test commonly done by dermatologist and/or allergists. The reaction to these chemicals typically manifests as allergic contact dermatitis rather than hives or anaphylaxis. ...Read more
Please tell me, could I have an allergic reaction days after I came in contact with latex if I have latex allergy?
Unlikely: Latex allergy is referred to as a type I IgE-mediated allergic reaction, meaning that upon exposure to this product your symptoms should manifest fairly quickly (minutes-2 hours). Reactions that occur days after contact with a latex products are not likely IgE-mediated. Could be manifestation of a delayed type reaction or contact dermatitis. See Allergist for more details. ...Read more
Localized: Most commonly, latex allergies are localized to where the latex touches your skin, so in the case of a condom, your penis would become inflamed, possible swelling, red, possibly itchy, and may get bumps from the local reaction. In sever cases, your whole body could have a reaction and you could get short of breath, etc. Local tx for first, emergent for the serious reaction. Best wishes. ...Read more
Do you have advice for someone w/ skin reaction/rash to medical tapes? Even hypoallergenic tape! Latex allergy too. What should I be aware of?
Tape allergy: Wound dressings can typically be held in place with materials such a coban (similar to an ace wrap). Make sure you have tried several brands of (non-latex) paper tapes before you give up. ...Read more
I have a latex allergy when I have a reaction, should use epipen if I have a rash and hives and itchiness on my face? Or try Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? No SOB
NO and NO: Since you do not get anaphylaxis, you should not use epi. Why do you have it? Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sleeping pill and not a good antihistamine. Cetirizine [Zyrtec] is superior and not likely to make you sleepy. Sometimes people take 2 or 3 but usually 1 pill lasts all day. ...Read more
Painful pee, vaginal itch after pap smear. Persist for 10 days. Pap result - no infection. Doc said latex allergy. How can allergy cause painful pee?
Not really: Having a high likelyhood of being allergic to different things is hereditary, but the specific thing (allergen) you are allergic to (cats, dogs, latex, penicillin...) is not transmitted. So, if a family member has latex allergy, you have a higher chance of being allergic in general, but not specifically to latex. ...Read more
Different types: True allergy to the rubber tree sap protein can lead to anaphylaxis, wheezing, hives, throat swelling, fainting, and in extreme cases, even death. The chemicals added during the process making rubber tree sack into latex product (called vulcanizing agents) most commonly cause contact allergy, which is usually a rash that can be itchy, burning, or blistering. ...Read more
2 types: There are immediate/allergic antibody mediated, within 30 min. Reactions and delayed/cell mediated, within 48 hr., reactions. The immediate type results in anaphylactic symptoms (hives, low bp, wheezing, etc.). The delayed type causes a poison ivy type reaction (itch, red, rough skin, possibly blisters). See an allergist; history, blood tests and patch testing can help to diagnose the condition. ...Read more
No: Unfortunately not, once you have it, you have to avoid it. ...Read more
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ABSOLUTELY: Repeated exposure is definitely a risk factor for developing allergy to latex. Healthcare workers and patients that have had multiple surgeries are at increased risk to develop allergy to latex. Decreased use of latex and improved manufacture of latex has reduced the risk somewhat. ...Read more
Avoid it: Once you are sensitized to latex, it is unlikely you can get rid of your allergy. You need to avoid exposure to it. Most exposure is in medical facilities but some common day items also have latex such as underwear and shoes. Always wear cotton underwear and avoid direct contact with latex, such as condoms, balloons, etc. ...Read more
Question of the week: Delores ibanez et al reported in allergy 59; 1127:2004 an association between latex from the poinsettia (euphorbia pulcherrima) & asthma. In at least 1 patient skin testing was positive to latex from the poinsettia & natural rubber latex. Inhalation challenges with poinettia extract but not latex rubber triggered asthma. Poinettias & not xmas trees may be the cause of xmas time asthma attacks! ...Read more
Anaphylaxis: An epi pen is meant to be used for emergency, potentially life threatening, allergic reactions. If you have trouble breathing, swelling in the throat mouth, lips, gums, a tightness in the chest or cough these are signs that an epi pen may be needed. You should discuss this in detail with a doctor and get training in how and when to use an epi pen before use ...Read more
By proper testing: The lesions caused by either are usually different. Under any circumstances, the lesions need to be seen by a competent physician. Because the treatment and long term implications are so different, you should get checked for herpes first. If negative, latex allergy can be diagnosed with proper testing. For this testing, see an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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