A latex allergy is an allergic reaction to natural rubber latex found in most latex gloves and in other medical products.
The cause of latex allergy is unknown, but people who are exposed to latex repeatedly have a greater risk for latex allergy.
Skin testing is performed to determine a latex allergy and should only be done by an allergy specialist because of the risk of anaphylaxis.
There is no cure for latex allergy. However, prevention is the best treatment. Avoid using latex products and always read labels. See an allergist to get allergy testing done to diagnose and treat your allergies.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an allergist at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center, call 205-871-9661.