Guidelines for workers with suspected latex allergies For healthcare workers in high-risk groups or when testing has determined latex sensitivity without symptoms: Common latex products include Gloves Condoms Balloons Rubber bands Shoe soles Pacifiers You can find latex-free versions of these products. Remember, the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA covers people with severe allergies to substances such as latex. What Are the Types of Latex Reactions? Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol ;90 2: Clin Exp Allergy Latex gloves and other latex products contain this protein.
They may even react to a small amount of latex in the air, such as being in a room near latex balloons or gloves. Work with your allergist, local hospital and medical facilities to find latex-safe environments where you can go for treatment. Studies are needed that address: If you think you may be allergic to latex, see a doctor familiar with the condition. According to the American Latex Allergy Association, which publishes a full list, people with a latex allergy should also avoid products that frequently contain natural latex. The least threatening type of glove reaction, which is not considered to be an allergenic skin reaction.
It is also caused by the chemical substances added during the manufacture of latex; its clinical signs usually emerge 24 hours after exposure, including itching, erythema, blisters, and cracks similar to the irritant dermatitis 6. Ensure anaesthetic circuits, masks, oxygen masks and re-breathing bags, oropharyngeal airways, endotracheal tubes and mounts are latex free products. This allergic reaction can range from a simple skin rash to shock which is rare. Studies indicate that type I reactions affect approximately 0. A guideline for perioperative nurses.
Could perking up gut bacteria promote healthy aging? People at increased risk for developing latex allergy include: If you use latex-based products on the job, alert your employer about your allergy. How common is an allergy to natural rubber latex? This content does not have an Arabic version. Subscribe Your privacy is important to us. A rapid increase and production of both examination and surgical gloves resulted in an epidemic of allergy to latex protein.