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 I, Type IV (allergic contact dermatitis), Irritant contact dermatitis.