Latex allergy can cause anaphylaxis
Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex. This natural latex is a milky fluid found in rubber trees. When our immune system recognizes natural latex as a harmful substance then it causes an allergic reaction.
Common Latex containing products
Common product include but not limited to
- Dishwashing gloves
- Rubber toys
- Bottle nipples and pacifiers
- Rubber household gloves
- Intravenous tubing
- Surgical gloves & masks
- Blood pressure cuffs
- Swim goggles
Symptoms of Latex allergy
Latex can cause mild to moderate symptoms as well as anaphylaxis. Latex paints do not contain any natural rubber latex protein.
- Swollen lips
- Sneezing or Runny nose
- Skin rash
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Respiratory difficulty
- Wheezing and chest tightness
Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Hives or swelling
- Nausea and vomiting
- Drop in blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Rapid or weak pulse
Latex allergy can occur in these ways:
- Direct contact.The most common cause.
- Here the latex particle when airborne, come in contact with the human body.
Prevention of Latex allergy
- Avoid latex products.
- Wear non latex gloves and mask
- When you use a product check the labels to know whether it is latex free.
- Consult with an allergist and make your action plan ready.
There is no cure for latex allergy.
People with severe reactions must avoid latex.
For mild to moderate allergic reaction – over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines.
For anaphylaxis- Injector adrenaline/ epinephrine. If you already had anaphylaxis, you have to carry adrenaline autoinjector all the time.
Latex-Food Syndrome or Latex-Fruit Allergy.
Latex-Food Syndrome or Latex-Fruit Allergy is an allergic reaction where certain nuts and fruits cause an allergic reaction in a patient of latex allergy. This occurs due to the similarity in the protein found in this fruits and natural rubber latex. Nuts and fruits that can cause this reaction include: