Latex Allergy Symptoms

Latex Allergy Symptoms & Signs: Causes of Contact Dermatitis & Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Latex.

My wife has been an RN for over 15 years. She has spent most of her nursing career in the ER and ICU and has worked for several hospitals. A few years ago, after her 12 hour shift, she came home with a rash on the back of her hands.

Latex Allergy Symptoms

Not knowing where it came from, we just shrugged it off. The next day the same thing happened. Now there's a pattern. A rash two days in a row? On the back of her hand? We quickly did some detective work and used the process of elimination.

Food allergies wasn't it. What about stress? Same as before. Then we realized she had been using latex gloves more frequently over those two days. We quickly hopped on the internet and found what we were looking for. She had a latex allergy. 

Latex Allergy Symptoms & Signs

Allergic reactions to latex can be irritating but are rarely life threatening or fatal. The severity of the reactions is dependent upon the amount of time you're exposed to latex. 

Those people at a higher risk for a latex allergy are:

  • Medical personnel
  • People who frequently wear latex gloves
  • People who have frequent contact with balloons or rubber bands (industry workers)
  • People who have had many surgeries
  • People who might be allergic to certain fruits and vegetables such as avocados, bananas, kiwi, and tomatoes
  • People who have hay fever (allergic rhinitis) 
Latex Allergy Symptoms

You should limit or avoid contact with latex products if you start to develop latex allergy symptoms. 

Mild Symptoms Can Include

  • Irritation at the contact site
  • Red skin
  • Rash or hives

More Severe Symptoms Are

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy water eyes
  • Muscle ache
Latex Allergy Symptoms

One of the worst latex allergy side effects is Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous, but not common. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times parents of allergic children will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an Epi Pen.

This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.

  • Facial flush
  • Lightheaded
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

A latex allergy can occur in a couple of ways. The first is by direct contact. This involves touching latex products such as latex gloves and balloons. The second way is by inhalation. Many latex products have particles that you can breathe in when they become airborne. 

Latex Allergy Symptoms

There are many products that contain latex. Look over this list to see if you're allergic to any of them.

Medical Supplies

  • Gloves
  • Surgical masks
  • Electrode pads
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Intravenous tubing
  • Bandages and adhesives
  • Vaccines
  • Dental dams 
  • Resistance bands 
  • Orthodontic elastics 
  • Tourniquets 
  • Rubber Catheters 
  • Vial stoppers 

Around The House

  • Gloves (Disposable or dishwashing) 
  • Erasers 
  • Rubber bands 
  • Koosh® balls 
  • Balloons
  • Toothpaste and brushes 
  • Baby pacifiers
  • Baby bottle nipples  
  • Toys
  • Plastic bag and wraps
  • Water bottle
  • Erasers
  • Swim goggles


  • Condoms 
  • Diaphragms 
  • Elastic Spandex 
  • Latex Mattresses 
  • Disposable diapers
  • Sanitary pads

 Foods To Watch and/or Be Tested For

  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Chestnut
  • Cinnamon
  • Grape
  • Kiwi
  • Legumes
  • Mango
  • Mint
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon

If you think you have exhibited any of the above latex allergy symptoms it's best to talk to your allergy doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly. Your doctor may include a radioallergosorbent test (RAST) to determine the cause.  

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