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How is a latex allergy treated?

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To treat a mild allergic reaction to latex, take an antihistamine or try a soothing lotion like calamine or a 1% hydrocortisone cream. Skip antihistamine creams or gels. They might make your skin feel worse.

If you have a more serious reaction, use an epinephrine auto-injector if you have one and call 911. You still need to go to the hospital even if the shot worked.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Latex Allergy Symptoms and Diagnosis."

American Latex Allergy Association: "About Latex Allergy: Symptoms."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Latex Allergy."

Up to Date: "Contact dermatitis (including latex dermatitis) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Latex Allergy Symptoms and Diagnosis."

American Latex Allergy Association: "About Latex Allergy: Symptoms."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Latex Allergy."

Up to Date: "Contact dermatitis (including latex dermatitis) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 23, 2018

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