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Latex Allergy

Common names: latex allergy, latex rash, immunoglobulin (Ig), latex allergy breakout, latex glove allergic reaction

 
 
What is Latex Allergy?
  • 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).

 

Current Statistics:

  • 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%).

 

Common Symtoms:

  • 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
  • Condoms
  • Rubber bands
  • Electrode pads
  • Blood drawing rubber tourniquets
  • Blood pressure cuffs, tubing and infation bladders

 

 

Treatments options: 



 

 

 

 

Sources:

webmd.com

wikipedia.org

 

 

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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