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Latex allergy: The Facts
23.08.16 at 18:38:06
 
Latex allergy: The Facts updated Factsheet is now available
 
Rubber Latex (NRL) is obtained as a milky fluid from the Hevea brasiliensis tree, which is widely grown in South East Asia and elsewhere in the world. It is found in latex trees and thousands of everyday consumer and healthcare items.
 
Reports of allergy to Natural Rubber Latex became increasingly common in the 1980s and 1990s and severe reactions can occur. We know of no studies that have determined the number of people affected but there have been suggestions that it is one per cent of the UK population.
 
There are two types of latex allergy:
 
Type I: This is an immediate reaction to proteins in the latex and is potentially life-threatening. Anaphylaxis the most severe form of allergy can occur.
 
Type IV: This is a delayed reaction to chemicals used in the latex manufacturing process. Symptoms occur between 6 and 48 hours after exposure and affect the skin.Type IV latex allergy is not life threatening. Its effects can range from a mild, localized skin reaction to an extremely unpleasant and itchy rash.
 
This factsheet aims to answer some of the questions which you and your family might have about living with latex allergy. Our aim is to provide information that will help you to understand how to treat an allergic reaction should it occur, avoid latex products and minimise the risk of a reaction.  
 
If you know or suspect you are allergic to latex, the most important message is to visit your GP and seek a referral to a specialist even if your symptoms have so far been mild.
 
Help us raise awareness: please read and share this updated factsheet. (copy and paste into your browser or click on the link )
 
http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Latex-2016-version-8-wi th-final-amendment-AS-comms-approval.pdf?dm_i=10KE,4FY8Y,LLFBIV,GDEVV,1
 
We are also planning to run a webinar on Latex allergy in the autumn - watch this space!  
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