latex allergy


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latex allergy

anaphylactic hypersensitivity to soluble proteins in latex, seen most often in patients and health care workers sensitized by repeated exposure to latex.
Immunology An immune response to latex that affects ±7% of the US population, and over 15% of health care workers. It can be either type I reaction or a type IV reaction.
Type I reaction Immediate (anaphylactic) IgE-mediated response to latex proteins, which occurs after prior exposure to latex. While latex anaphylaxis can be life-threatening, deaths therefrom are 'case report rare'
Type IV reaction Allergic contact dermatitis An immune response that causes a delayed—poison ivy-like—skin rash with blistering and oozing

latex allergy

Allergy medicine An IgE-mediated sensitivity to latex proteins Clinical Anaphylaxis, angioedema, asthma, conjunctivitis, contact urticaria, rhinitis, following sensitization to latex allergens; LA is common, affects ±7% of US population, ≥ 15% of health care workers. See Latex.

la·tex al·ler·gy

(lā'teks al'ĕr-jē)
Cutaneous hypersensitivity to natural rubber which is used in the manufacture of rubber gloves, condoms, and other articles.

la·tex al·ler·gy

(lā'teks al'ĕr-jē)
Hypersensitivity to latex-based products, those derived from similar plants, and those containing such synthetic materials.

Patient discussion about latex allergy

Q. I went out the other day with an ex, and things got “interesting” and then he refused to wear a condom saying he is allergic to the latex now! I mean, we’ve been together a few years before and he didn’t have any problem then. So how can he be allergic to latex all of a sudden? (we didn’t have unprotected sex if any of you wondered)

A. I doubt an allergy to latex developes over the years out of the blue, but it is not impossible that someone suffers from somewhat an allergy at a lesser extent that does not bother him and then later developes a stronger reaction to the substance.

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Despite the availability of different types of assays, the shared view in the latex allergy research and testing field is that the existing assays are limited, costly and depend upon having a lab facility for their execution.
Deval R, Ramesh V, Prasad GB, Jain AK: Natural rubber latex allergy.
If you have a full-blown Type I latex allergy, you may not be able to even walk past a doctor's office.
10,14-21) The decrease in the prevalence among HCWs is attributable to alerts and recommendations by regulatory agencies such as FDA, NIOSH and CDC; manufacturing changes in rubber products; increased worker awareness; more familiarity of physicians with latex allergy and improved methods for diagnosing it.
The guidance, from the Royal College of Physicians and NHS Plus, a network of NHS occupational health departments, said switching to powder-free gloves "significantly reduces latex allergy and latexinduced asthma".
He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges except that of not routinely wearing gloves, claiming he had a latex allergy.
During November 2002, she was diagnosed as having a latex allergy condition.
Primary prevention of natural rubber latex allergy in the German health care system through education and intervention.
Latex allergy affects about 1% of the general population," explains Aleks Kinay, chairman of the Latex Allergy Support Group, (LASG), a national voluntary-run organisation which offers support to affected individuals, employers and healthcare agencies.