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What is latex allergy, and are there different types?

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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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