Common names: latex allergy, latex rash, immunoglobulin (Ig), latex allergy breakout, latex glove allergic reaction
Immunoglobulin (Ig) (large droup of surface antibodies molecules) that e-mediated immediate (allergically react) to that product that contain natural rubber latex proteins.
This can range from local dermatitis inflammation of the skin to life-threatening anaphylaxis reaction outcomes (possible death).
- Latex allergies affect 1% to 5% of the population in the United States
- Latex is found in medical products such as Latex Gloves. 10% to 30% of healthcare workers have latex allergies.
- Most prevalent in people with spina bifida and urogenital abnormalities (20% to 68%).
- Skin rash (redness)
- Signs of anaphylaxis (difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain).
- Wheezing or coughing
- Swelling of the face, eyes, or tongue
Note: if you feel any of signs of anaphylaxis Call 911 immediately as this condition needs professional medical attention right away.
Products that commonly contain latex proteins:
- Elastic bandages
- Medical latex gloves
- Urological catheters
- Medical adhesive skin tapes
- Resuscitation bags
- Adhesive bandages
- I.V. Catheters
- Rubber bands
- Electrode pads
- Blood drawing rubber tourniquets
- Blood pressure cuffs, tubing and infation bladders
- Corticosteroids: steroid hormones naturally produced (Hydrocortisone creams, Cortisone)
- Antihistamines: Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Allegra (fexofenadine), Claritin (loratadine), Tavist (clemastine)
- Epinephrine injection (Epi-Pen Autoinjector)
- Respiratory therapy from oxygen tank or concentrator
Note: The information above is just is only for informational purposes only and is only a general reference guide. If you have an emergency call 911 directly or speak with your doctor immediately.
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