Latex Allergy

Latex Allergy
Latex Allergy

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:

  • Gloves
  • Condoms
  • Balloons
  • Rubber bands
  • Shoe soles
  • Pacifiers

You can find latex-free versions of these products to avoid triggering a latex reaction.