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Latex Allergy Definitions

Type I (immediate-type) hypersensitivity Natural Rubber Latex Allergy (NRL) is an IgE-mediated, immediate type hypersensitivity reaction to one or more proteins in natural rubber latex (Hevea brasiliensis). Histamine is release causing symptoms. This reaction is systemic.

Type IV (delayed-type) hypersensitivity is a T cell-mediated, delayed response, and typically occurs 48 to 96 hours after exposure. This is frequently a reaction to the processing chemicals used in manufacturing natural rubber latex (NRL).  Not the latex itself.  This reaction is generally localized to the area of contact. This reaction is also referred to as allergic contact dermatitis, T-cell-mediated allergy, or chemical allergy.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis is a non-allergic reaction. Symptoms typically are dry, irritated, and/or fissured lesions - This is the most common reaction.


Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can include one or more of the following:

  • Hives or welts
  • Swelling of affected area
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Reddened, itchy or teary eyes
  • Sore throat, hoarse voice
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Chest tightness, wheezing, or shortness of breath (asthma)

If exposure to latex continues, allergy symptoms may include a severe and life threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.  If you are wearing latex for the first time and start to have any of the above symptoms, you need to remove the garment, shower or bath and seek medical attention promptly


The current statistics for people sensitized to natural rubber latex are broken down by risk groups and are as follows: 8-17% of health care workers Up to 68% of children with spina bifida (related to frequent surgeries - anyone who has multiple surgeries is at risk) Less than 1% of the general population in the U.S. (about 3 million people) Source

Am I at risk for a latex allergy?

There are some associated food allergies and other common material allergies,  if you are allergic too or have had a previous reaction to one of the following you may also be at a higher risk for a latex allergy.

High associative risk:  Banana, Avocado, Chestnut, Kiwi

Moderate associative risk: Apple, Carrot, Celery, Papaya, Potato, Tomato, Melons

Literature Review on Latex-Food Cross-Reactivity 1991-2006

Allergic Cross Reactivity of Latex and Foods



Latex Allergy Society Japan

American Latex Allergy Association

WEBMD on Latex Allergies