Latex is a natural rubber made from a type of tree. Some people have allergic reactions after contact with things made of latex, such as latex gloves. In an allergic reaction, your immune system starts fighting a substance that is normally harmless, such as latex, as though it were trying to harm the body.
Latex allergies may cause mild symptoms, such as a rash on the skin. Severe reactions to latex are more serious. They need to be treated right away. They can cause trouble breathing and can even be life-threatening.
The best way to manage your latex allergy is to avoid products that have latex. Make sure that you know what to do if you have an allergic reaction to latex. Have the recommended medicines available.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Give an epinephrine shot if:
After giving an epinephrine shot call 911, even if you feel better.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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