What is it?
Latex is a natural product made from the milky sap of the rubber tree (Heavea Brasillienus). Its durability, flexibility and low manufacturing costs has made latex a popular material. A latex allergy is a reaction to products made from natural rubber latex. The reactive is proteins
originating from the rubber tree and present in products made of natural rubber latex. text
Who is at Risk?
• Patients whose regular care involves latex
• Healthcare workers
• People who work with other latex products
Persons with Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus, congenital urological abnormalities, cerebral palsy and Dandy-Walker syndrome are all at particular risk due to repeated exposure during surgical procedures and at home care associated with these disabilities (catheterization may also put people at risk).
Mild reaction symptoms may include:
• skin rash
• itchy, watery eyes
• runny nose
• redness in area where contact occurred
More serious reaction symptoms may include:
• drop in blood pressure
• rapid heart rate
• swelling of the throat
• wheezing and difficulty breathing
• flushed face
Products containing Latex:
• latex/rubber gloves
• blood pressure cuffs
• rubber top vials
• IV injection ports
• IV tubing
• Enema tips
• Anesthesia masks
• Feeding tubes
• Carpet backing
• Condoms and diaphragms
• Elastic on socks and other clothing
• Water toys
• Handgrips on racquets and tools
• Pens and crayons
• Plants (rubber tree and poinsettia)
Bananas, Papaya, Avocados, Peaches, Chestnuts, Kiwi, Apples, Potatoes, Carrots, Melons, Celery, Walnuts,Tomatoes and Peanuts.
Please check with your medical professional as the list may not be complete.
Identifying Latex Allergies:
Pharmacia & Upjohn CAP system
Diagnostic Products’ Alastat
Latex reagent diagnostic skin testing
Living with Latex Allergies
- Carry and adrenaline kit (Ana-kit or Epi-Pen) to treat possible sever reactions
- Use a Medic-Alert bracelet
- Carry a pair of latex free gloves in case of
- Always inform you Doctor of latex concerns prior to surgical procedures so special precautions can be taken.
It is possible that a mild reaction and repeated exposure may develop into a more sever reaction.
For Further Information:
Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Canada / Association de Spina-bifida et d'hydrocéphalie du Canada www.sbhac.ca