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Latex Allergies

What Should I Do During Doctor Visits if I Have a Latex Allergy?

If you have a known latex allergy and must visit the doctor or dentist, inform the doctor of your latex allergy at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. The hospital or doctor's office should have a latex-free protocol that they follow for patients with latex allergies.

If you have to stay in the hospital, you will usually be given your own room, free of latex products.

Do I Have to Change My Diet if I Have a Latex Allergy?

Latex allergies may also cross over into food groups. Or if you are already allergic to certain foods, you may be at high risk for developing a latex allergy.

The following foods can trigger a latex-like allergic reaction because the proteins in them mimic latex proteins as they break down in the body:

Banana Fig
Kiwi Peach
Grape Celery
Papaya Tomato
Nectarine Avocado
Melon Potato
Cherry Rye
Strawberry Wheat
Plum Chestnut
Pineapple Hazelnut

Note: Not all people who have these food allergies will also have latex allergies.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on February 18, 2014
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