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Can someone develop an allergy to latex later in life?

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 more

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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. ...Read more


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Can someone develop an allergy to latex?

Can someone develop an allergy to latex?

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. ...Read more

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Can someone develop an allergy to latex condoms?

Can someone develop an allergy to latex condoms?

Yes: There are some that will have an allergic response to any latex product that comes in contact with the skin. Physicians and hospitals routinely stock non-latex equipment to avoid this reaction in their sensitive patients. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could someone develop an allergy to latex condoms?

Yes: You can develop an allergy to latex, regardless of the item it is made into. Doctors and hospitals routinely keep non-latex gloves and other equipment available so they can treat patients with this problem. ...Read more

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Can a child develop an allergy to latex very early on?

Can a child develop an allergy to latex very early on?

Yes: Latex allergy can develop anytime provide the right clinical exposures and symptoms develop. ...Read more

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Can a child develop an allergy to latex if never wore latex gloves?

Can a child develop an allergy to latex if never wore latex gloves?

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

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Can you develop allergy to latex?

Can you develop allergy to latex?

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. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have an allergy to latex gloves?

How can you tell if you have an allergy to latex gloves?

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

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

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

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

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Could I have developed an allergy to latex from nursing school rotation?

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

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Allergies (Definition)

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