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Monday, October 31, 2022

Latex Allergy: Reduce Exposure


Environmental control – reducing or eliminating exposure to the latex allergen – is the best way to decrease symptoms in those already latex allergic, and detain the allergy from developing in other exposed patients and health care workers. Evidence describes that allergy and asthma symptoms may increase over time if the recommended environmental control changes are made. Environmental control measures to consider for allergy to latex contain :


  • Generally, the most vital latex exposure to avoid is powder from powdered latex gloves. Solid objects including latex, such as rubber bands, blood pressure tubing, bicycle tires, and the like, are not a hazard for asthma or hay fever symptoms due to they do not emit latex particles.

  • A latex-safe environment is one where latex allergic patients and staff do not utilize any latex-containing items, and co-workers and other patients do not utilize powdered latex gloves, but instead use non-powdered latex, or, preferably, non-latex gloves.  Both latex-allergic and non-allergic patients and staff are saved against allergic reactions in this environment. 

  • Healthcare workers allergic to latex should wear alternative products like nitrite examining gloves instead of latex, and they should ask their coworkers to put on nitrite gloves, or at least a non-powdered latex glove. If this is not possible, seek reassignment to an area where powdered latex gloves are not utilized.

  • Non-healthcare professionals allergic to latex should communicate their allergic situations to medical staff when undergoing a checkup or medical procedure. This is mainly vital in the case of surgery. You could even bring your own non-latex gloves to any medical appointment in case your caregiver doesn't have any.

  • Check labeling on products you purchase . ‘Hypoallergenic' does not essentially mean ‘no latex'.

  • Wear a med-alert bracelet or necklace describing your allergy, in case you ever require emergency care.

  • Carry an inject able epinephrine pen in case of an anaphylactic reaction, although these are very uncommon.

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