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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
Testing: Both contact patvh testing and type 1 immediate testing need to be done. Any allergist cqn do these. ...Read more
I have an allergy to latex. Is there a sublingual option for antihistamines or maybe an injection available? Please let me know.
No: There are no sublingual antihistamine or injected emergency forms. Recommend seeing an Allergist to better characterize the nature/severity of Allergy and to determine if you should be carrying an epipen for safety purposes. Know that if severe, you will do well to avoid live poinsettia plants during the holiday season. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is fastest acting, but sedating. Zyrtec provides longer lasting effec ...Read more
How do you know?: Is your "low allergy" diagnosed solely from you anecdotal history, or have you been tested by a qualified allergist? True latex allergy is not very common. You may have adverse reaction to powder in the gloves rather than the latex. Your orthodontic specialist can provide you with non-latex elastics. Would be best to have allergist evaluate you. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
When ever I use a condom it burns and is quite sore, I use the ordinary ones with latex. My mum has an allergy to latex, do you think I do too?
Condom allergy: Hiighly possible .Get a more detailed answer ›
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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