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What is Latex Allergy?

Chapter: What Are the Symptoms?

An individual with latex allergy can experience a range of symptoms, including hay-fever type reactions such as itchy, swollen eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Hives, dermatitis (skin rash) and asthma are the most common reactions. The most severe allergic reaction is the potentially fatal anaphylactic shock, which is characterized by the following symptoms: generalized flushing of the skin, hives, a sense of impending doom, swelling of the throat and mouth, difficulty in swallowing or speaking, alterations in heart rate, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, a sudden feeling of weakness (due to a drop in blood pressure) and unconsciousness.


If an individual goes into shock, an injection of adrenaline (epinephrine) must be administered as directed and an ambulance must be called. Epinephrine acts quickly to constrict blood vessels, relax muscles in the lungs to improve breathing, stimulate the heartbeat and reduce swelling around the face and lips.


Reviewed: January 2012