Latex Allergy Symptoms

In many cases, latex allergy symptoms begin within minutes of exposure, but can occur hours later and can vary. Mild symptoms include rash, hives, and itching. More severe symptoms can involve respiratory problems. If you develop signs and symptoms of a latex allergy, avoid direct contact with latex gloves and other latex-containing products until you can see a healthcare provider who is experienced in treating this allergy.

An Overview of Latex Allergy Symptoms and Signs

In sensitized persons, symptoms of latex allergy usually begin within minutes of exposure; however, they can occur hours later and can be quite varied.
 

Mild Symptoms of a Latex Allergy

Mild latex allergy symptoms may include:
 

Severe Latex Allergy Symptoms

More severe symptoms may involve respiratory problems, such as:
 
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Asthma (difficulty breathing, coughing spells, and wheezing).
     
In rare cases, shock may occur; however, a life-threatening reaction is seldom the first symptom of a latex allergy.
 

What to Do If You Develop Symptoms of Latex Allergy

If you develop latex allergy symptoms, avoid direct contact with latex gloves and other latex-containing products until you can see a healthcare provider experienced in treating such allergies.
 
If you have symptoms of latex allergy, consult your healthcare provider regarding the following precautions:
 
  • Avoiding contact with latex gloves and other latex products
  • Avoiding areas where you might inhale the powder from latex gloves worn by other workers
  • Telling your employer and healthcare providers that you have a latex allergy
  • Wearing a medical alert bracelet.
     
A Dose of Reassurance for Parents of Picky Eaters
Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.