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Dr. Stevan Cordas
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Latex Allergy (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Stevan Cordas
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Latex Allergy (Overview)

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.


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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 signs and symptoms of latex allergy?

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 does patch test distinguish between a latex allergy and other possible allergies?

How does patch test distinguish between a latex allergy and other possible allergies?

Patch Test: Basically it places the skin in contact with multiple different substances each separated in a grid pattern. When one causes a reaction we can differentiate it from the others that did not cause one. ...Read more

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

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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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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Painful pee, vulva burning sensation for 10 days caused by latex allergy from rubber glove after pap smear. What's the cure? How long will it last?

Painful pee, vulva burning sensation for 10 days caused by latex allergy from rubber glove after pap smear. What's the cure? How long will it last?

Latex & itchy bottom: If your symptoms are related to latex exposure you probably have a contact dermatitis rather than ige mediated latex allergy. Generally these reactions last 10-14 days. Topical steroids can be of some help, but need to be used with caution in the vulvar ares. Oral steroids are helpful early on to shorten course, but do have systemic risks. Antihistamines minimally help the itch. See allergist. ...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. ...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