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How do doctors diagnose latex allergy?

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Doctors diagnose a latex allergy in people who:

If you need a skin test to check on a latex allergy, an allergy specialist must supervise it, in case you have a severe reaction.

  • Have had symptoms of an allergic reaction -- like a skin rash, hives, eye tearing or irritation, wheezing, itching, or trouble breathing -- when exposed to latex or a natural rubber product
  • Are known to be at risk for a latex allergy and blood or skin tests show that they have it, even if they haven’t had symptoms.

From: Are You Allergic to Latex? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Latex Allergy: Tips to Remember."

Pollart, S. , December 2009. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Latex Allergy: Tips to Remember."

Pollart, S. , December 2009. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

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