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.
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 latex allergy symptoms may include:
More severe symptoms may involve respiratory problems, such as:
- Runny nose
- 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.
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.