Delayed hypersensitivity latex allergy

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The term latex allergy refers to a hypersensitivity to products containing natural rubber latex. Individuals with true latex allergy have developed type I immediate hypersensitivity due to previous sensitization and production of immunoglobulin E antibodies. Other forms of adverse reactions to latex-containing products may develop, including irritant contact dermatitis and type IV delayed hypersensitivity reactions, although they do not indicate true latex allergy.

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Janice Labbett, RN, Grad. The information contained in this document has been prepared with great care and is accurate at the time of publication. As the constituents of products are constantly changing and products are regularly removed or added to the market, individuals should check the particular product for latex content before use.

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Patient information: See related handout on latex allergywritten by the authors of this article. The prevalence of latex allergy in the general population is low; however, the risk of developing latex allergy is higher in persons with increased latex exposure, such as health care workers or persons who work in the rubber industry. Children with spina bifida and others who undergo multiple surgeries or procedures, particularly within the first year of life, are also at greater risk of latex allergy. Reactions to latex allergy can range from type IV delayed hypersensitivity e.

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Reports of allergic reactions to latex have increased in recent years especially among healthcare workers. Anyone with ongoing exposure to natural rubber latex is advised to take the following steps to protect themselves:. What kind of reaction should I look out for when using latex products?

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Contact with these products can cause an allergic reaction. Some people have allergic reactions by breathing in latex fibers in the air. Some people have allergic reactions from skin contact with latex.

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Latex allergy develops after contact with latex. Latex, also known as natural rubber, comes from the sap of the rubber tree. Rubber gloves are the main source of sensitization development of hypersensitivity and allergic reactions to latex.

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Skip to content. Learn the signs and symptoms of food allergy. I think my allergist kept me alive. Allergists are specially trained to help you take control of your allergies and asthma, so you can live the life you want.

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Hypersensitivity to natural rubber latex, an ingredient of many medical devices and consumer products, appears to be increasing. Chemical additives induce T-cell mediated type IV delayed reactions while proteins that occur naturally in latex elicit antibody-mediated type I immediate reactions. The latter can be fatal. The clinical manifestations of these reactions, the risk factors for developing latex hypersensitivity, and diagnostic options are reviewed.

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