Latex Allergies

Latex allergies affect a number of healthcare professionals around the world. Repeated exposure to latex can increase symptoms and have been known to lead to developing the allergy. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Those symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Skin redness
  • Hives or rash
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Scratchy throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Anaphylactic shock

(Source: May Clinic)

SASWH has compiled a number of latex allergy resources from across North America, all of which can be found below. If you have a resource suggestion or material you would like to add, please contact us here.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

Latex Allergy: OHS Answers

Falling Out Of Glove - Exposure To Latex Can Make Protection Turn Bitter

American Latex Allergy Association: Latex Allergy 101

To highlight the complexity of latex allergy the Latex Allergy 101 Program was developed. The Program consist of a Latex Allergy 101 Poster and four fact sheets Allergy, Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Food Allergy. The Fact sheets were developed by experts in each of the specialized fields.

Latex Allergy 101 Poster

Latex Allergy 101 Fact Sheet - Allergy Information

Latex Allergy 101 Fact Sheet - Anaphylaxis

Latex Allergy 101 Fact Sheet - Asthma

Latex Allergy 101 Fact Sheet - Cross-Reactive Foods

American Latex Allergy Association Website

Ontario Nurses Association

Latex Allergy Awareness for Health Care Workers

The Lung Association

All About Asthma Triggers

Articles

Allergies in the workplace can't be ignored