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How to prevent latex allergies
  • Published Date:
    February 2012
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Series:
    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 2012-119
    NIOSH fast facts : home healthcare workers
  • Description:
    "Latex products are made from natural rubber, and sensitivity can develop after repeated exposure. Limiting exposure to latex can help prevent allergic reactions for both home healthcare workers and their clients. Three types of reactions can occur when using latex products: 1) Irritant Contact Dermatitis This is the most common negative reaction to latex. Symptoms include dry, itchy, irritated skin - most often on the hands. 2) Allergic Contact Dermatitis (delayed hypersensitivity) This skin reaction looks like the rash from contact with poison ivy and usually shows up 24-96 hours after contact. 3) Latex Allergy (immediate hypersensitivity) This type of reaction usually happens within minutes of exposure, but symptoms can also show up a few hours later. Symptoms of a mild reaction are skin redness, hives, or itching. Symptoms of more serious reactions might include runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, wheezing, coughing, or difficulty with breathing. Rarely, shock may occur, but a life-threatening reaction is seldom the first sign of sensitivity. A latex-exposed worker developing any serious allergic reactions should be taken to a doctor immediately." - NIOSHTIC-2

    NIOSHTIC No 20040328

    CDC-INFO Pub ID 221198

    "This is one in a series of six fast fact cards developed to provide practical advice for home healthcare workers and is based on NIOSH Hazard Review: Occupational Hazards in Home Healthcare, NIOSH Pub No. 2010-125."

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