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- What is latex and where is it found?
- What caused the rise in latex allergies?
- Who is at risk for developing a latex allergy?
- What are the symptoms and signs of the two forms of latex allergy?
- How do health-care professionals assess and diagnose a latex allergy?
- What is the treatment for a latex allergy?
- Latex-containing products (partial list)
What is the treatment for a latex allergy?
Strict avoidance of latex is the treatment for latex allergy. Latex-free synthetic rubber, such as neoprene, nitrile, SBR, Butyl, and Vitron are polymers available as alternatives to natural rubber. Certain individuals at risk for anaphylaxis may benefit from having an epinephrine autoinjector on hand at all times.
No current treatment is available to desensitize a person who is allergic to latex. For a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to latex, topical or oral steroids may be used to treat the rash. An anaphylactic reaction to latex should be treated promptly with injectable epinephrine, and mild reactions confined to the skin may be treated with oral antihistamines.
Latex-containing products (partial list)
- Rubber bands
- Some shoes and articles of clothing
- Surgical gloves
- Some items of sporting equipment
- Blood pressure cuffs
- Some watch bands
- Toothbrush massagers
- Bowling balls
- Ventilator tubing.
"Latex allergy: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis"