Latex Allergy Toolbox
Latex allergy is an allergic reaction to the proteins present in natural rubber latex. Latex allergy 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.
Guidance and Reporting
- Guidelines for the Management of Latex Allergies – Gordon Sussman, M.D. and Milton Gold, M.D.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Joint Commission
- American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology (ACAAI) – Latex Allergy
- MedWatch – Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Adverse Event Reporting Form
Patient and Practitioner Resources
Latex and Vaccines
- Latex Allergies – Addressing Barriers to Emergency Anaphylaxis Care – October 2016
- Overcoming Barriers in the Real World – A Look at Clinical Issues, School Concerns and Living with Latex Allergy – October 2016
Latex Allergy Awareness Week – SAVE THE DATE – October 1 – 7, 2017
“Beyond the Gloves: What You Need to Know about Latex Allergy”
- Sample Proclamation
- Coming: Sample Press Release, Webinar information, Poster
Restaurant Resources, Regulations and Guidance – coming soon!
- Spina Bifida Association
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
- American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Articles of Interest:
- Prevention of IgE sensitization to latex in health care workers after reduction of antigen exposures. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine – Kelly, K, Wang, M.L., Klanick, M. and Petsonk, E.
- Latex allergy – Wiley Online Library – S. Gawchik
- Latex allergy: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations and diagnosis – UpToDate® – R. Hamilton
- The latex story – Chemical Immunology and Allergy – M. Raulf