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.
About Latex Allergy
- 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
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
- MedWatch – Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Adverse Event Reporting Form
Patient and Practitioner Resources
Latex and Vaccines
- Vaccinations and Latex Allergy
- Latex in Vaccine Packaging – CDC
- Influenza vaccines — United States, 2016–17 influenza season
- 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
- Latex Allergy Awareness Week Press Release, http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/latex-allergy-awareness-week-set-for-october/
- Latex Allergy Awareness Week Poster
Allergy & Asthma Network Webinar for October
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 4:00 PM EST
Beyond the Gloves: The Latest on Latex Allergy
When people think about latex allergy, they only think about latex gloves. Not so fast. That story has been told—it’s time for the next chapter.
- T.R.U.E. test – T.R.U.E. TEST® is a convenient, ready-to-use patch test for the diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis. Patch testing is a simple procedure to help diagnose allergic contact dermatitis and identify the causative agent(s). (Panel 2.3 will test for the Rubber Accelerators/Chemicals)
Instituting Latex Precautions
Restaurant Resources, Regulations and Guidance – coming soon!
- Spina Bifida Association
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
- American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
- Allergy Home