LATEX ALLERGY

Happy start to the WINTER HOLIDAY SEASON!  Dr.  Bernabe would like to discuss Latex allergy in light of the upcoming season due to gift giving, decorations, and ornamental plants such as poinsettia.

Latex allergy is a reaction to proteins in rubber tree sap, the milky fluid used to manufacture more than 40,000 products available worldwide. Symptoms range from mild skin irritation to life-threatening anaphylaxis, and there’s no way to predict which will occur if exposed.

Latex allergy is rare, affecting approximately 3 million people in the United States. Latex is common in