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05.10.12 at 16:00:14
 
Hi Everyone,
 
So, I was confirmed as type 1 latex allergy last week. Im waiting on a few appointments, but really dont have much of a clue what im dealing with. I had a reaction to latex and its kicked in my Asthma which I seemingly had grown out of as a child. Any information would be great.  
 
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Reply #1 - 05.10.12 at 17:48:30
 
Welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with latex allergy. If the latex sets your asthma off avoid any items which have powdered latex on them e.g. balloons and rubber bands. Also expect an uphill battle to get the medical proffessionals to accept that latex will trigger your asthma as they don't understand that it can be a problem when you are not touching an item but breathing it in... Unless you have a good medical proffessional  Smiley Also arrange an asthma review and make sure that the meds you have keep your asthma under control...
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Reply #2 - 05.10.12 at 20:47:39
 
Thank you Liz,  
 
I have an Asthma review in a week or two to have my lung capacity checked. The doctor i saw at the allergy clinic, specialised in latex allergy, she was very under standing and was the one who has pushed that I get the Asthma controlled before anything else. I don't really understand my allergy, I don't have any day to day regular contact with latex and i don't work in the health care profession. I dont have any anti histamines as yet, nor an epipen, i have an appointment for this next week, is there something i need to carry with me for now? If you dont mind, can i ask what sort of reaction you get from latex?
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Reply #3 - 05.10.12 at 22:32:26
 
You may not think you are comming into contact with latex in your everyday life but you will be surprised in the types of things around your house and outdoors that contain latex. This is a link for a list of items that contain latex and info if you are newly diagnosed:
 
http://www.lasg.org.uk/guidance/latest-latex-list
 
http://www.lasg.org.uk/guidance/for-the-newly-diagnosed
 
It sounds like you have got a good allergy specialist who understands. I have had to wait to get to a tertiary hospital to find a consultant that understands the latex allergy and asthma are linked.  Without knowing your medical history and the type of reaction you have it is difficult to say what medications you should carry with you... As far as possible it is best to avoid any contact with latex until you get your meds sorted out next week.
 
I don't want to scare you as you have just been diagnosed and not everyone reacts the same way.... Unfortunately I am at the extreme end of the scale for both my asthma and allergies. Asthma wise I am an uncontrolled steroid dependent brittle asthmatic.  I get anaphylactic reactions to latex and airbourne latex triggers my asthma.
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Reply #4 - 05.10.12 at 22:53:47
 
Hi Sarah and welcome to the forum.   Liz has given you some good advice.   People react very differently where latex allergy is concerned.   My wife has the type 1 allergy but, although she had asthma as a young woman, she has got over it and the latex allergy doesn't affect her.
 
It depends on what type of allergy you have as to what medication you will need.   If it is the type 1, then you will need to carry at least one epipen and probably some anti-histamines.
 
I would be interested in knowing which allergy clinic you are attending as it is very unusual indeed to have a doctor specialising in latex allergy.   we usually find that the average doctor has never heard of it.
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Reply #5 - 06.10.12 at 09:00:15
 
Thank you for the information Liz, Looks like an endless list of things to avoid...
 
Bob, the doctor I was referred to was a private clinic in london, unfortunately to waiting list at surrey hospital is so long they are out sourcing. I attended the London Allergy Clinic, just off Harley street. The doctor I saw was, Dr Rita Mirakian. When the receptionist called she specifically wanted to book me with this doctor as she had dealt with similar reactions to mine. Dr Mirakian was the one who informed me that there was a link between Asthma and latex allergies, she was also the one that has pushed for my GP to get the Asthma sorted. She also is very knowledgable in regards to latex allergies, well, from my point of view she was, but i went in knowing nothing.  
 
http://www.londonallergyclinic.com/index.html
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Reply #6 - 06.10.12 at 13:59:19
 
The list is not to bad once you get to get used to what to avoid. After a while you find you will be able to spot or smell latex at 100 yards....
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