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Latex Allergy

 

Latex allergy is a condition where the body is unable to tolerate natural rubber latex.

Causes

  • Exposure to latex containing products

Symptoms

  • Redness in the eye
  • Itchiness in the eye
  • Tearing
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Breathlessness or wheezing
  • Rash or cracks on the skin
  • Anaphylactic shock in case of severe allergy

Treatment

  • Avoidance of latex in all its forms
  • Avoiding inhaling latex particles through powder coating in latex gloves and other products

Incase of anaphylactic reaction:

  • Oxygen
  • Epinephrine
  • Steroids

Prevention

  • Avoid using latex products
  • Avoid inhaling latex particles from powder coating in latex products
  • Replace latex rubber products with latex free rubber products