Asthma Allergy Immunology

Asthma Allergy Immunology

A Current Overview of Latex Allergy

Feridun GURLEK 1,

1 Department of Allergy and Immunology, University of Health Sciences, Bursa Faculty of Medicine, Bursa, Turkey

DOI: 10.21911/aai.236
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Latex allergy is a disease with increasing prevalence and importance and can be seen in the whole population, especially in healthcare workers and those working in rubber production. It can lead to clinical pictures ranging from allergic urticaria to dermatitis, rhinoconjunctivitis, asthma, and even anaphylaxis. Various methods are used for the diagnosis, including the skin prick and patch tests, latex-specific immunoglobulin E, and nasal provocation. Latex fruit syndromes may also occur due to cross-reactivity with latex.

Preventive measures and patient education constitute the most important part of the treatment. Medication, latex immunotherapy, and the use of omalizumab are among the main treatment modalities.

Keywords : Latex allergy, Hevea brasiliensis, anaphylaxis, immunotherapy, omalizumab