Latex Allergy Information
If you suspect you have an allergy to latex, go to your GP and ask for a referral to an allergy clinic. There you can be tested and receive further advice.
More information on latex allergies is available on the Allergy UK Website and also on the Anaphylaxis Campaign site.
There are two types of allergic reaction to latex. These are known as type-1 and type-4 reactions:
- Type-4 is a non-life threatening dermatitis on sites of contact, produced by an allergy to the chemicals used when processing the rubber. Symptoms include reddening, itching and swelling of the skin, which develop one or two days after contact.
- Type-1 allergy is potentially life-threatening. Those affected are sensitive to the natural proteins in latex. These people may suffer from nasal irritations, urticaria (hives), asthma and anaphylaxis.
If you are prescribed injectable adrenaline (also known as epinephrine) carry it at all times and wear a MedicAlert emblem.