Overview Of Latex Allergy
Latex is a milky fluid that comes from the tropical rubber tree. Hundreds of everyday products contain latex. Repeated exposure to a protein in natural latex can make you more likely to develop a latex allergy. If your immune system detects the protein, a reaction can start in minutes. You could get a rash or asthma. In rare cases, you could have a severe reaction called anaphylaxis.
Exams & Tests
Your doctor may use a physical exam and skin and blood tests to diagnose your reaction to latex.
Treatment Of Latex Allergy
There are medicines to treat a reaction, but it is best to try to avoid latex.
Common latex products include:
- Rubber bands
- Shoe soles
You can find latex-free versions of these products to avoid triggering a latex reaction.