Latex Allergy

Latex allergy is an allergic reaction to the proteins present in natural rubber latex. It generally develops after repeated exposure to medical and consumer products containing natural rubber latex. Allergy to latex poses a serious health risk to healthcare workers, spina bifida patients, workers with occupational exposure, patients with multiple surgeries, and even the general population. People with latex allergies may also have or develop allergic reactions to some fruits, such as bananas, kiwi or avocados.

Latex allergy is preventable but not curable. Awareness and education are the keys to managing the condition. Types of latex allergy: Type IType IV (allergic contact dermatitis)Irritant contact dermatitis.

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About Latex Allergy

Guidance and Reporting

Patient and Practitioner Resources


Latex and Vaccines

School Resources

Allergy & Asthma Network Webinars

“Latex Allergy Myths & Truths: What the Evidence Reveals”

Dermatitis/Rubber Accelerators

  • T.R.U.E. test – T.R.U.E. TEST® is a convenient, ready-to-use patch test for the diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis. Patch testing is a simple procedure to help diagnose allergic contact dermatitis and identify the causative agent(s). (Panel 2.3 will test for the Rubber Accelerators/Chemicals)

Instituting Latex Precautions

Restaurant Resources, Regulations and Guidance

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