Latex Allergy

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Latex Allergy
Latex is a naturally occurring chemical that has recently been linked to allergic reactions.  An example is allergic reactions to latex gloves.  Latex proteins can cause breathing and dermal problems for people when the latex proteins become airborne.  Some reactions are very severe such as inducing anaphylactic shock.

Research has shown that there is an increase in cases of allergic reactions to latex due to the increase use of latex gloves in the health care community.  Also, there have been more recorded cases due to the use of condoms which most often contain latex.  Latex is found abundantly in many items found in your household-balloons, toys, and condoms are a few examples.

Symptoms associated with allergies to latex (switch up list)

  • Hives
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Tingling sensations
  • Dry skin

There are certain factors that increase your child’s chances of developing an allergy to latex.  These factors include persistent exposure to latex products, having spina bifida, and having multiple surgical operations.

It is important that you notify me or my staff of any allergies to any allergies your child may have such as allergy to latex.  If it is necessary, call your primary doctor for medical attention.[1]

 

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