What are the symptoms of latex allergy?

Some of the symptoms of a latex allergy are:

  • skin rash or itching (usually on the hands);
  • hives;
  • swollen, red skin;
  • swollen lips and tongue, with difficulty breathing;
  • shortness of breath, wheezing;
  • dizziness;
  • fainting;
  • stomach pain;
  • diarrhea;
  • shock (rare, except in people who have chronic allergic reactions to latex products).

If you have these symptoms, do not use latex gloves or other latex products. See a doctor who is experienced in diagnosing and treating latex allergy. If you must wear gloves, use non-latex gloves.

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