Can a latex allergy be life-threatening?
While it is uncommon, some latex allergic individuals can suffer a potentially life threatening allergic reaction (called anaphylactic shock) when they come in contact with natural rubber latex. Some situations in which anaphylactic shock can occur include, when blowing up a balloon, during dental surgery or any other surgical procedure, when using a condom, during the examination of the vagina, rectum or colon, and the administration of an enema. Anaphylactic shock occurs within minutes of exposure, especially following direct tissue contact with natural rubber latex products. It is characterized by generalized hives, breathing difficulties and low blood pressure. The reaction may be fatal and must be promptly treated with by adrenalin injection. Is there a relationship between latex allergy and other allergies? People who are sensitive to other substances (atopic) are more likely to develop latex allergy. This includes people with atopic eczema. It has been found that there is a stro