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What are the symptoms of a latex allergy?

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A latex allergy can cause these mild symptoms:

It also can cause some that can be life-threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these:

Symptoms can show up 12 to 36 hours later.

  • A red, itchy rash where your skin touched latex
  • Swelling around the skin where it touched you
  • Sneezing, runny nose, or teary eyes
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Feeling sick to your stomach
  • Chest pain
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in your chest

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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