Essay about What is a Latex Allergy?

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Being allergic to something may not seem to be a big deal to some people, but to others it can be life-changing. When someone is diagnosed with an allergy, especially when the allergen (the thing that triggers the body to have its allergic reaction) is very common in her environment, she may have to make many lifestyle changes to stay safe and healthy. The first step to treating an allergy is to understand fully what the allergy really is and how to keep one’s self safe. So what is a latex allergy? A latex allergy occurs when the human body decides that latex is a harmful substance and tries to fight it off; causing multiple symptoms, and sometimes being very hard to avoid. Natural rubber latex is found in rubber trees, and is a …show more content…
(ALERT) Allergic reactions often worsen with each latex exposure, (ACAAI) and can therefore change from as mild as dry, red, itchy skin to anaphylaxis simply by repeated exposures. A latex exposure can be by direct contact with latex, by contact with the skin of somebody that still has the latex particles that have not been properly washed off their skin, or even by inhalation of latex particles that are floating through the air. These symptoms can begin immediately or may take up to 24 to 48 hours after the exposure to develop. (Staff; More) If someone believes that they are having an allergic reaction after being exposed to latex, that person should see his doctor. It is advised to attempt to make this appointment when he is still having the allergic reaction, as the doctor may have an easier time making the diagnosis this way. (ACAAI) Also, if someone believes he is going into anaphylaxis, he should get emergency medical attention immediately. (ALERT) Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life threatening allergic reaction that can occur throughout the whole body. Symptoms of this reaction can be any number of the following: Hives; itching; a metallic taste; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat; difficulty swallowing or breathing; flushing; abdominal cramps; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea;

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