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Latex Allergy

Latex allergies occur when your immune system mistakes latex for a harmful substance. The symptoms caused by this range from sneezing to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition.

What Is Latex?

Latex is a natural product which comes from the light milky fluid that is extracted from the rubber tree. This milky fluid is often modified during the manufacturing process to form a latex mixture. A person can be allergic to the latex or the mixture or both.

What Is A Latex Allergy?

If you have a latex allergy, your immune system identifies latex as a harmful substance and launches antibodies to fight against the latex. This produces the symptoms of the allergy.

Latex Allergy Symptoms

If you are allergic to latex, you can react after being in contact with latex fin any form, such as rubber gloves, or inhaling airborne latex particles, such as those that are released when latex gloves are removed or from baloons made of latex. 

Symptoms of latex allergy can be mild, like itching, skin redness, or hives and skin rash. More sever symptoms would include scratchy throat, wheezing, and cough.

Signs of Anaphylactic shock, a possibly deadly reaction to latex, are:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Blood pressure drop
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Blueness of the skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting

Diagnose Latex Allergy

Diagnosing a latex allergy involves learning your medical history of latex allergy experiences and other allergy symptoms, as well as a physical exam to identify or exclude any other medical issues that may be effecting the allergy.

There are two tests used to determine the latex allergy. The skin test and Blood test. 

The skin test involves a prick of the skin, and exposure to latex. With observation to the skin's reaction. 

The blood test measures your blood's response to latex by seeing if there is an antibody response in the blood after exposure to latex. 

Treating Latex Allergy

Once you've properly been diagnosed with the latex allergy, treatment is based on prevention. Avoiding latex products is the number one treatment against the allergy as there is no cure. 

There are medications that can reduce the symptoms of latex allergy.

We know that the right care can make the difference between suffering with an allergic skin reaction and feeling better. We work closely with you to develop a strategy that works for you in treating and maintaining optimal personal health so you can feel better and therefore live better. 

Some Latex-Containing Products

Baby bottle nipples
Balloons
Band-aids
Carpeting
Condoms
Catheters
Diaphragms
Dishwashing gloves
Disposable diapers
Erasers
Hot water bottles
Motorcycle and bicycle handgrips

Racket handles
Rubber bands
Sanitary pads
Surgical gloves
Swim goggles
Waistbands on clothing

Who We Are At Advancements in Allergy

At Advancements in Allergy, we know that the right care can make the difference between suffering with an allergic reaction and feeling better. We place great importance on having a complete & thorough knowledge of our patients, working closely with you to develop a strategy that works for you in treating and maintaining optimal personal health so you can feel better and therefore live better.

Our clinic emphasizes preventive care. We believe a personal, happy approach produces the best results. We combine the most modern medical knowledge with the warmest of care. We never forget to look at the patient as a "whole person" and consider each individual's preference and concerns in the development of a care plan.

At Advancements in Allergy & Asthma, we work hand in hand with your primary health care provider. This gives you access to the best of our vast Asthma expertise, while ensuring that your primary doctor is up to date on everything he/she needs to know about your specific needs. It's because we are a small asthma clinic that we are able to provide such personalized care with excellence in customer service.

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