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How can I heal a latex allergy reaction?

How can I heal a 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

Latex (Definition)

1. The colorless or milky sap of certain plants, such as the poinsettia or milkweed, that coagulates on exposure to air. 2. An emulsion of rubber or plastic globules in water, used in paints, adhesives, and various synthetic rubber products. 3. Latex ...Read more


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I had a reaction to rubber gloves with no known latex allergy. What could be wrong?

I had a reaction to rubber gloves with no known latex allergy. What could be wrong?

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

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Please tell me, could I have an allergic reaction days after I came in contact with latex if I have latex allergy?

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

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What are the symptoms of a latex condom allergic reaction/allergy and how should it be treated?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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What causes a latex allergy?

Proteins in latex: We don't know why certain proteins contained in latex trigger allergic reactions. We do know that this is a classic allergic reaction and so latex should be avoided to prevent this from recurring and worst yet from worsening. ...Read more

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How is latex allergy treated?

Latex: Go to the internet and get a list of latex containing products. The treatment is respect for the condition and avoidance. There is no specific treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly is a latex allergy?

What exactly is a latex allergy?

Allergy to Latex: Latex allergies are becoming more common. Usually found in healthcare workers who are around latex gloves/materials. Latex is a natural rubber and has excellent properties but unfortunately as a natural product it can produce antigens that we develop allergies to. ...Read more

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Can a latex allergy be hereditary?

Can a latex allergy be hereditary?

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

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How to know if I have a latex allergy?

See an allergist: The symptoms of latex allergy can vary considerably from localized rashes to generalized hives and breathing problems. Testing involves blood tests and sometimes patch testing. See an allergist for evaluation and proper management. ...Read more

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Do people ever outgrow a latex allergy?

Do people ever outgrow a latex allergy?

Latex allergy: Latex allergy tends to be chronic. Over time some people may become less sensitive to latex. In addition the manufacturing processes ffor some latex products has made them less allergenic. ...Read more

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What are typical latex allergy symptoms?

What are typical latex allergy symptoms?

Latex allergy: Can vary from life threatening respiratory and throat swelling if the latex is aerosolized to simply having redness, irritation and a rash in the areas where the latex actually touches. ...Read more

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Which are some typical latex allergy symptoms?

Which are some typical latex allergy symptoms?

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

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What are the symptoms of having latex allergy?

What are the symptoms of having latex allergy?

Several: Natural rubber latex protein allergy can present as anaphylaxis, hives, wheezing, swelling, and rhinitis. Chemicals used in the processing of latex can lead to contact dermatitis rash. ...Read more

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What is latex allergy, and are there different types?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Latex allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Latex allergy?

Latex allergy: An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. An allergy to
natural rubber latex can sometimes be fatal. ...Read more

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It possible that a latex allergy developing after years of wearing gloves?

It possible that a latex allergy developing after years of wearing gloves?

Yes: Certainly so. An allergic reaction basically requires some variable period of sensitization before an obvious reaction. And that time period can vary widely. ...Read more

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Can you develop a latex allergy by being in contact with it in the or on a regular basis?

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

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How can I prevent a latex allergy?

How can I prevent a latex allergy?

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

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Is a euphorbia allergy a latex allergy?

Is a euphorbia allergy a latex allergy?

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

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What are signs and symptoms of latex allergy?

Latex: They vary depending upon how allergic you are. Serious reactions such as anaphylactix or severe asthma can occur though commonly one sees rashes, hives or swelling. Also headaches, rhinitis and sinusitis could occur from dust.. ...Read more

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How do you know when a latex allergy needs an epi pen?

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

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Could anybody have an infant if they have a latex allergy?

Yes: Hospitals and physicians are both aware and ready for this possibility. As long as the personnel you encounter are made aware of your specialized needs, latex free products are available to replace the products that would come in contact with your skills. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between latex allergy and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between latex allergy and herpes?

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Dr. Stevan Cordas
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Latex Allergy (Definition)

An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. An allergy to natural rubber latex ...Read more