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Can Someone Develop An Allergy To Latex Later In Life
Yes: It's hard to get latex allergy. Nurses develop eczema or contact dermatitis after using latex gloves for years. Later anaphylaxis, severe life-endangering form of allergy, occurs if latex contacts a mucosal surface - like a balloon in your mouth - or during surgery when the surgeon's gloves touches the inside of the body. Kids get it if they require multiple catheterizations for neurogenic bladder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Children which wear or require frequent elastic bandages, require latex catheters, use latex bottle nipples can frequently develop latex allergy. Also if they are handled by care takers who frequently use latex gloves, they are at greater risk of developing latex allergy. You should not use powdered gloves with corn starch. Inhaling the latex which has adsorbed to the powder also contributes. ...Read more
Symptoms & Testing: Immediate itching or hives when wearing them a short while suggests contact urticaria. Intense itching and/or blisters the next day or hours after wearing gloves suggests contact dermatitis. You would have noticed if you had urticaria/hives/wheezing/ total body itching/ dizziness and and even drop in blood pressure can occur when being around powdered latex gloves when in use. See an allergist. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Yes: Latex allergy tends to progress with time. Most hospitals have gone to latex-free gloves made of nitrile, but you can still get sensitized. Without being too graphic, to be truly sure if you are allergic to latex is simply if you have ever had intercourse using a latex condom. Please do not be insulted by this question, but it is a very valid way to find out. ...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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