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Latex (Overview)

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 paint. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/latex.


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What reactions to latex exist?

What reactions to latex exist?

Sometimes severe: Some people may have a severe allergic reaction to latex and may go into anaphylactic shock which is a medical emergency. People with latex allergies may carry an epinephrine pen in case of such an emergency. ...Read more

Latex (Overview)

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 paint. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/latex.


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Is there latex in spandex?

Is there latex in spandex?

No: Spandex is a synthetic fiber which by itself does not contain latex. However, the finished products, garments do have latex added to them. If one has a latex allergy, spandex is not safe. ...Read more

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Why im i allergic to latex?

Not sure: Unfortunately no one can give an answer as to why one develops an allergy to any allergen. At the most basic level, for some reason, one now sees an innocuous substance as an allergen. ...Read more

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Why do medical staff use latex gloves?

Hygiene: Latex gloves are used to provide a barrier to keep the wearing from contaminating the patient and vice versa. It can also cut down the spread of infection. Most hospital staff such as food and cleaning also wear them to cut down risks. ...Read more

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I am allergic to latex, what should I do?

I am allergic to latex, what should I do?

Avoid and educate: The best treatment for natural rubber latex allergy is avoidance and obtaining information about finding acceptable substitutions for latex. It's important to be prepared, have self injectable Epinephrine and find an allergist with expertise in latex allergy. For excellent information go to: http://www.Latexallergyresources. Org/newsletters. ...Read more

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What can you use if you're allergic to latex?

What can you use if you're allergic to latex?

Latex-free products: I know that sounds simple, but if you're allergic to latex, you should avoid products that contain latex (gloves, condoms, balloons, etc.). You might also be careful with certain foods that cross-react (kiwi and banana for example). ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to be allergic to latex?

Very much possible: If you are a health care worker, or any other person, latex allergy can be troublesome, please get referred to an allergist to decide if you are allergic or not, through history, physical exam and skin / blood tests, good luck. ...Read more

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How to know if im allergic to latex, please help!?

How to know if im allergic to latex, please help!?

Testing / history: Blood testing for type I hypersensitivity, or patch testing for type IV hypersensitivity, history as well is suggestive, an allergist can help you sorting it out, good luck ...Read more

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How can you tell if somebody is allergic to latex?

Test or observation: Allergy to latex can lead to symptoms such as a rash, local swelling and itching to more diffuse and serious process such as difficulty breathing. You can have allergy testing to determine if you have any of these types of allergies. In addition, latex products such as gloves tend contain powder or lubricant etc that also cause irritation of the skin. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I am allergic to latex or not?

How can I find out if I am allergic to latex or not?

History and tests: Unfortuneatly the current available skin and blood tests can too frequently test negative when latex allergy is present. These tests are useful if positive in demonstrating allergy. A history of rashes where latex touches you, trouble beating, hives, anaphylaxis (trouble breathing, dizziness or passing out) with exposure suggests latex allergy. Patch testing can help with a rash with latex. ...Read more

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How do I know if my girlfriend is allergic to latex?

How do I know if my girlfriend is allergic to latex?

Symptoms and test: Latex allergy can manifest as rash, hives, asthma or even anaphylaxis after exposure to natural rubber latex. Exposures could be rubber gloves, condoms, catheters, balloons, etc. An allergist can help diagnose using a blood test (although it's not perfect) as commercial skin test extract is not available. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be only allergic to latex sometimes?

Is it possible to be only allergic to latex sometimes?

Not usually: If you have a latex allergy you have the allergy. There may however be a dose response-i.e. You need a certain level of exposure to manifest symptoms. ...Read more

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How to find out if I'm still allergic to latex safely?

Blood and patch test: If your allergy is limited to the skin, such as a rash, you can get patch tested for it. If your symptoms are more systemic and involve nasal congestion, runny nose, wheezing and cough, you should have a blood test for specific ige to latex. Consult an allergist about it. They will advise which test to have depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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Do I need to wear latex gloves when doing a prostate massage?

Do I need to wear latex gloves when doing a prostate massage?

Prostate massage: As a urologist, I can honestly say that I cannot recommend any form of self rectal exam or massage. If you are seeking relief from prostatitis symptoms, any form of ejaculation will give similar results. ...Read more

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If I don't work with latex, would it be unusual for me to be allergic to it?

Yes: A certain degreet of exposure to a protein has to occur before an allergy to it develops. This is the case with latex allergy; it is found most commonly in people that work with latex regularly such as rubber industry workers or health care professionals. Sometimes exposure is not obvious and may be hidden & an allergy ensues. If you suspect a latex allergy, an allergist may be able to help. ...Read more

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I am addicted to latex gloves, I love them so much, is this a medical condition?

Fetish: There is a community out there that makes a fetish of rubber and latex. Rubber gloves are a part of this. It is a personal and private matter and not a medical condition. Strictly speaking it is a 'fetish' and does not generally do harm as long as it is kept private. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to vinyl and latex gloves and I have to wear them at work. What is a good alternative?

Various: Vinyl allergy is rare. One cause for reactions may also be the heat and sweating under the glove, so you can try to wear thin pure cotton gloves on your skin and the vinyl gloves on top of them. Alternatively, there are other gloves such as neoprene. They are available from various sources, including Amazon.
See http://www.immune.com/rubber/nr3.html ...Read more