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

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

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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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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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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It possible that a latex allergy developing after years of wearing gloves?

It possible that a latex allergy developing after years of wearing gloves?

Yes: Certainly so. An allergic reaction basically requires some variable period of sensitization before an obvious reaction. And that time period can vary widely. ...Read more

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I had a reaction to rubber gloves with no known latex allergy. What could be wrong?

I had a reaction to rubber gloves with no known latex allergy. What could be wrong?

Chemicals: When a person reacts to latex gloves, if it is not the natural rubber latex then it can be the chemicals (vulcanizers) used during the manufacturing process. There are many chemicals used and these can be tested for in a patch test commonly done by dermatologist and/or allergists. The reaction to these chemicals typically manifests as allergic contact dermatitis rather than hives or anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Are polyisoprene surgical gloves safe for me to use if I have a severe latex allergy?

Are polyisoprene surgical gloves safe for me to use if I have a severe latex allergy?

Entirely safe: Plastics like polyisoprene and others are unrelated to latex and entirely safe in latex allergy. It's exactly the kind of glove you should be using. ...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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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