Latex allergy arises from an adverse immune response to natural rubber latex, a material derived from the sap of the rubber tree. Used in numerous products, from medical devices to everyday items, latex can trigger reactions ranging from skin irritation to severe anaphylaxis in sensitive individuals....


What are common symptoms of latex allergy?

  • Skin irritation or hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling, especially around the face
  • Respiratory issues like wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Anaphylaxis in severe cases

What triggers a latex allergy?

A latex allergy is triggered by proteins in natural rubber latex, causing the immune system to react when in contact with the skin or respiratory tract.

Are there cross-reactivities with other allergies?

Yes, individuals allergic to latex may also react to certain foods with similar proteins, such as avocados, bananas, and kiwi, known as the latex-fruit syndrome.

How can I avoid latex allergens?

Opt for latex-free products, especially for medical or personal use items. Be aware of common sources of latex in everyday items and seek alternatives.

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