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Allergies > Latex Allergies

Latex allergy is an immunologic reaction to proteins present in natural rubber latex that come from the milky fluid of the Brazilian rubber tree. Many medical products or dental supplies and devices such as catheters, gloves, and syringes are made from latex and can trigger an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.
Groups at risk for latex allergy:
Health care workers who frequently wear gloves. Workers with occupational exposure to latex such as hairdressers, latex glove manufactures, or housekeeping workers. Patients with a history of asthma, dermatitis, or eczema. Patient exposed to repeated bladder catheterization such as those with spinal cord trauma and children with spina bifida. Patients with food allergy, especially kiwi, bananas, avocados, or chestnuts. Patients with history of anaphylaxis or unknown etiology especially with past procedures or dental visits. Patients with history of multiple surgeries or medical procedures during childhood. Female patients are at greater risk because of gynecologic exams, contact with contraceptives, and obstetric procedures.