Latex Allergy

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Allergy to latex was first recognized in the late 1970s. Since then, it has become a major health concern. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about latex allergy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex, a product manufactured from a milky fluid that comes from the rubber tree. If you have a latex allergy, your body mistakes latex for a harmful substance.

Latex allergy may cause allergic reactions ranging from sneezing or a runny nose to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition.

Latex is used to make everyday products and medical equipment such as balloons, bandages and adhesives, pacifiers, baby bottle nipples and rubber gloves.

A mild allergy may cause skin reactions, runny nose, cough, tightness in your chest or watery eyes. A bad latex allergy may cause shortness of breath, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness or a rapid or weak pulse. If you have these symptoms, call 911.

There are more than 3 million cases of latex allergy in the U.S. each year. Anyone can get a latex allergy, but some people are at higher risk than others. These people include health care workers and patients.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.