Latex is a natural rubber found in many things we use daily, a few of which are medical gloves and IV tubes. Unfortunately, this compound is also found in a few foods. Not just that, it can also travel in the air, giving rise to breathing problems for those allergic to latex. From balloons used on birthdays to condoms used for protection, latex is almost found everywhere. So what items exactly cause this allergy? What are its symptoms and cure? We have discussed it all below!
Symptoms of Latex Allergy
Are you or your close ones suffering from latex allergy? If yes, how do you know? Some major symptoms of latex allergy are:
- Dry and itchy skin
- Low blood pressure
- Tingling sensations
- Respiratory problems
These are usually the milder symptoms caused when the person comes in direct contact with latex. But the signs caused by airborne latex proteins are harsher. Some of them are:
- Red swollen lips, skin, or tongue
- Unbearable abdominal pain
- Faster heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
People with latex allergies also suffer from a more serious disorder called anaphylaxis. However, this disease is very rare. The symptoms are much similar to that of airborne latex protein allergy. But the effects are harsher and life-threatening.
Products to Stay Away From
Well, there are a lot of things that contain latex. And we have tried our best to mention most of the products in the list below:
- Various medical tools like catheters, IV tubes, gloves, and blood pressure cuffs
- Dental damns and orthodontic rubber bands used by dentists
- Clothes with elastic bands like undergarments, raincoats, and so on
- Stationery items like erasers, paint, rubber bands, etc.
- Condoms and diaphragms
- Countless household products, including mats and plastic bags
- Things used for infant care like diapers, pacifiers, toys, etc.
- Rubber balloons
- Elastic bandages
Treatment for Latex Allergy
There is no definite treatment for latex allergy to cure it for a lifetime. However, there are ways you can prevent it. Try to avoid using latex products as much as you can. Wear a mask if you are allergic to airborne latex protein. And in case you are facing severe symptoms of latex allergy, get in touch with a doctor to reduce the effects.
Dr. Jeanne V. Devi, DDS, and her team of dental assistants are here to offer you the best treatment for latex allergy. Call us at (626) 795-2544 or visit our website for more details. We are located at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101.