For the treatment of latex allergy, it is necessary to avoid any product containing latex. Patients who have had a severe latex allergy reaction must carry an allergy card and an epinephrine (adrenaline) auto-injector for emergency treatment. In this article, we wrote about the treatment and things to do for people with latex allergy.
Healthcare workers who have a history of latex sensitivity and need to wear gloves should stop wearing latex gloves. When a latex allergy develops, special precautions are needed both at work and during medical procedures.
If there is a latex allergy, direct contact with all products and devices containing latex should be avoided. It is recommended to avoid foods that cause an allergic reaction, as it may cross-react with foods near the nose.
Prior to any dental procedure, medical or surgical procedure, latex allergy problems can be avoided by alerting healthcare providers about a latex allergy prior to any testing or treatment. People with allergies are required to carry a card or tag showing their latex allergy.
People with a latex allergy can receive medical or dental care in a latex-safe area. Hospitals and clinics using only low-protein latex gloves and non-latex gloves have seen dramatic reductions in latex allergy cases. Taking precautions about latex is very important in this regard.
Patients with anaphylactic shock due to latex allergy must carry an adrenaline auto-injector with them. Patients should learn to use an adrenaline auto-injector.
There are studies showing that allergy vaccine (immunotherapy) is effective in latex allergy, but immunotherapy is not performed for latex in our country. There are positive results regarding anti-IgE, one of the newly developed drugs, apart from the prevention of latex allergy.
Avoiding contact with latex allergens is more important than we expected in reducing the prevalence of latex allergy.