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Health Tip: Allergic to Latex?

(HealthDay News) -- Among people with a latex allergy, exposure to the material can lead to a serious -- potentially deadly -- reaction.

The American Latex Allergy Association suggests you take these precautions if you have a latex allergy:

  • Wear medic alert identification.

  • Always carry with you any prescribed allergy medications, non-latex gloves and a letter of explanation from your allergist.

  • Make sure your health-care providers, family, friends and co-workers know about your allergy.

  • Avoid items typically made with latex, such as balloons, condoms and rubber gloves.

  • Talk to your allergist about how to avoid hidden sources of latex, such as foods prepared by people wearing latex gloves.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 9/18/2013
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