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Latex Allergy

Continued exposure may increase your risk

(HealthDayNews) -- Latex allergy occurs when your body reacts to the proteins found in natural rubber latex, according to Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Pa. Continued exposure to latex products can increase a person's sensitivity.

Allergic symptoms can include itchy, red, watery eyes, sneezing or runny nose, rash or hives. Occasionally, symptoms can be severe, including shortness of breath or shock.

You may be more susceptible to developing a latex allergy if you:

  • Have had numerous surgeries, especially in childhood.
  • Have a spinal cord or bladder birth defect or regularly use urinary catheters for self-catheterization.
  • Are constantly exposed to latex products because of your job.
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