How can a latex allergy be managed?

The key to managing a latex allergy is to avoid latex. This is especially important if you suffer from Type I hypersensitivity reactions to latex, as latex can trigger a life threatening anaphylactic shock. Latex-free gloves do exist which may not cause any symptoms. These are often made from various synthetic plastics, such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride). “Hypoallergenic” latex gloves can still contain significant amounts of latex proteins to cause reactions.

Hospitals are a good place to find lots of latex. Your doctor will talk to doctors in the hospital about your latex allergy, and the hospital doctors will make special provisions for you. You may be given antihistamines before procedures or operations to prevent any allergic reactions from happening. Any operations you might have might be scheduled differently to avoid airborne latex allergens. Catering staff may also need to be notified so they do not prepare your meals wearing latex gloves.

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