Latex allergy is an immune mediated reaction to either the latex protein or chemicals used in the processing. Frequent exposure to latex may lead to the development of a latex allergy. A person is considered to have a latex allergy if there is a history of adverse reactions following contact with latex or latex containing products. Common reactions include swelling of the lips and tongue after blowing up a balloon, or rash and swelling after contact with latex gloves etc.
Latex allergy - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
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. Throughout the literature on this topic, a number of terms are used which are sometimes confusing. For the purposes of this document, the following terms are explained.
ASCIA Guidelines - Management of latex allergic individuals
Allergies to latex rubber have been recognised in the last few decades. The reasons are uncertain, although increased use of latex gloves in health care settings, and changes in manufacturing practices may have contributed. Most people who are allergic to latex have had frequent exposure to latex over many years.
Victorian government portal for older people, with information about government and community services and programs. Type a minimum of three characters then press UP or DOWN on the keyboard to navigate the autocompleted search results. Latex is derived from the sap of the rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis. The substance is then processed to increase elasticity, durability and strength.