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Do I have latex allergy?

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Latex allergies are a reaction to the proteins founds in natural rubber latex, from rubber tree fluids. These allergies may be seen as rashes on the point of contact on the skin after someone comes into contact with latex gloves or condoms.

This may seem a bit straight forward, but unlike semen allergies, people with latex allergies are exposed to latex everywhere. The reactions could be on one’s lips after blowing a balloon, or a swollen mouth or tongue after a dentist’s oral examination at an appointment.

Some symptoms of latex allergies are:

  • Itching
  • Skin redness
  • Hives or rash
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Cough

Life threatening symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives or swelling
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Dizziness and, in certain cases, loss of consciousness


Even a regular physical exam at a hospital when a nurse touches your arm as she takes your blood pressure could set off your allergies. It is essential to tell your doctor or nurse of your allergies to avoid the discomfort that comes with your body’s reaction to the latex in the various tools they use.

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Is there treatment for latex allergy?

There is no treatment for latex allergies, so general avoidance is encouraged. You must inform your doctor, because most doctors also use latex gloves to touch and examine patients. Speak before you get in contact with it. If you do have a mild allergic reaction, most doctors will prescribe an antihistamine to manage the discomfort.

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