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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. 3. Latex ...Read more


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It possible that it is a latex allergy if sports equipment gives you rashes?

It possible that it is a latex allergy if sports equipment gives you rashes?

Possible: It is possible that the rash is either an irritant (more common) or an allergic contact dermatitis from using the sports equipment. The most common allergens found in equipment include rubber, metals and adhesives. A good history and evaluation of the equipment along with possible patch testing can help identify the cause. See a dermatologist who specializes in contact dermatitis and patch testing. ...Read more

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Do I have a latex allergy or glue allergy if tape leaves a rash on me?

Do I have a latex allergy or glue allergy if tape leaves a rash on me?

Contact allergy: Most of the time it is latex allergy. There r non-latex medical tapes. U can find them in all pharmacies. Some has a paper backing. Try those. If u don't develop a rash, then u r allergic to latex. When in doubt, consult a dermatologist or allergist for patch testing. ...Read more

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Do you have advice for someone w/ skin reaction/rash to medical tapes? Even hypoallergenic tape! Latex allergy too. What should I be aware of?

Do you have advice for someone w/ skin reaction/rash to medical tapes? Even hypoallergenic tape! Latex allergy too. What should I be aware of?

Tape allergy: Wound dressings can typically be held in place with materials such a coban (similar to an ace wrap). Make sure you have tried several brands of (non-latex) paper tapes before you give up. ...Read more

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I have a latex allergy when I have a reaction, should use epipen if I have a rash and hives and itchiness on my face? Or try Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? No SOB

I have a latex allergy when I have a reaction, should use epipen if I have a rash and hives and itchiness on my face? Or try Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? No SOB

NO and NO: Since you do not get anaphylaxis, you should not use epi. Why do you have it? Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sleeping pill and not a good antihistamine. Cetirizine [Zyrtec] is superior and not likely to make you sleepy. Sometimes people take 2 or 3 but usually 1 pill lasts all day. ...Read more

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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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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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What are the symptoms of having latex allergy?

What are the symptoms of having latex allergy?

Several: Natural rubber latex protein allergy can present as anaphylaxis, hives, wheezing, swelling, and rhinitis. Chemicals used in the processing of latex can lead to contact dermatitis rash. ...Read more

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What is latex allergy, and are there different types?

2 types: There are immediate/allergic antibody mediated, within 30 min. Reactions and delayed/cell mediated, within 48 hr., reactions. The immediate type results in anaphylactic symptoms (hives, low bp, wheezing, etc.). The delayed type causes a poison ivy type reaction (itch, red, rough skin, possibly blisters). See an allergist; history, blood tests and patch testing can help to diagnose the condition. ...Read more

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What is the best condom if latex allergy?

What is the best condom if latex allergy?

Condom: Use non-latex condoms. These are available in either polyurethane or lambskin composition. ...Read more

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Can I have a latex allergy and not react to latex condom?

Yes: But if you know you are allergic to latex condoms, you should not use them. There are other types of condoms made out of non latex material. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to condoms but not due to a latex allergy?

Yes: Most codoms have a lubricant which you could be reacting to. Some condoms are latex free, try this type to see if they cause any problem. ...Read more

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Are there condoms that are latex free if I have a latex allergy?

Are there condoms that are latex free if I have a latex allergy?

Yes, 2 types: There are 2 kinds of condoms that are not made from latex: 1) "skins" or natural condoms that are actually made from lamb intestines and 2) synthetic condoms made from polyurethane or polyisoprene. Natural condoms protect against pregnancy but do not prevent the spread of stds. The synthetic condoms can help prevent pregnancy and STDs as well as latex condoms do. ...Read more

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Latex allergy symptoms. What all does that apply to? Condoms, gloves?

Latex: There are different degrees of latex allergies as well as different types of responses. If your response is severe or bothersome you must avoid these items. ...Read more

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Can I have a latex allergy and not react to condoms? But react to other latex?

Yes and No: There are condoms that are not made of latex, particuarly polyurethane and lambskin. If you have a latex allergy, you will react to all other latex. ...Read more

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Latex allergy and chance of condom issues? Should I buy a bunch of condoms and try them?

Yes: There are nonlatex synthetic condoms made of polyurethane and also lambskin. If you have a latex allergy, do not use latex condoms. ...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


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Latex Allergy (Definition)

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 ...Read more