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Articles  |   July 2000
Latex allergy: a primary care primer
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Disaster Medicine / Preventive Medicine
Articles   |   July 2000
Latex allergy: a primary care primer
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2000, Vol. 100, 1S-7S. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2000, Vol. 100, 1S-7S. doi:
Abstract

Latex allergy has become an epidemic among healthcare workers. Other individuals who are frequently exposed to latex gloves or products containing latex have experienced latex hypersensitivity, as well. Identification of patients who have latex allergy is crucial to physicians in order to formulate a management plan. This article includes discussion of the basic background on latex preparation, hypersensitivity, occupational risks, and management of affected patients.