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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

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How can I prevent a latex allergy?

How can I prevent a latex allergy?

Avoid it: Once you are sensitized to latex, it is unlikely you can get rid of your allergy. You need to avoid exposure to it. Most exposure is in medical facilities but some common day items also have latex such as underwear and shoes. Always wear cotton underwear and avoid direct contact with latex, such as condoms, balloons, etc. ...Read more

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I've been on 20mg/day of prednisone for the past 12 years for a severe latex allergy. Can I ever discontinue the use of this drug?

I've been on 20mg/day of prednisone for the past 12 years for a severe latex allergy. Can I ever discontinue the use of this drug?

Probably not..: Since you have been on it at a significant dosage for so long, your adrenal glands are likely "suppressed", probably permanently by this time. So, my gues is that your chance of going off this medicine totally is rather low. Maybe you can lower the dose, but you should consult your doc. Good luck. ...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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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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Can a latex allergy be hereditary?

Can a latex allergy be hereditary?

Not really: Having a high likelyhood of being allergic to different things is hereditary, but the specific thing (allergen) you are allergic to (cats, dogs, latex, penicillin...) is not transmitted. So, if a family member has latex allergy, you have a higher chance of being allergic in general, but not specifically to latex. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a latex allergy?

How to know if I have a latex allergy?

See an allergist: The symptoms of latex allergy can vary considerably from localized rashes to generalized hives and breathing problems. Testing involves blood tests and sometimes patch testing. See an allergist for evaluation and proper management. ...Read more

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Do people ever outgrow a latex allergy?

Do people ever outgrow a latex allergy?

Latex allergy: Latex allergy tends to be chronic. Over time some people may become less sensitive to latex. In addition the manufacturing processes ffor some latex products has made them less allergenic. ...Read more

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What are typical latex allergy symptoms?

What are typical latex allergy symptoms?

Latex allergy: Can vary from life threatening respiratory and throat swelling if the latex is aerosolized to simply having redness, irritation and a rash in the areas where the latex actually touches. ...Read more

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How can I heal a latex allergy reaction?

How can I heal a latex allergy reaction?

Various Options: An immediate reaction to latex should be treated with antihistamines like Zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and epinephrine injection if more severe symptoms develop. If you have a localized rash to an adhesive then this is likely an irritant reaction and will go away soon after removing the product. Topical steroid creams can help resolve rash sooner. ...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


Dr. John Chiu
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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