Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2011/06/29


Latex allergy ?

Dear Doc

A strange thing happened to my almost 10 year old son today. He was playing at home with friends and asked if he could have a pair of my latex gloves (I bought a box along time ago and only used a few pairs). They were playing happily but I noticed that my son had a intense hayfever attack. Sneeze upon sneezy, streaming eyes etc.... we then went to pnp and he took the gloves off. After about 10 min the attack seemed to have passed. When we got home, he put another pair of gloves on and the hayfever started within a few minutes. Same intensity. I told him to rather leave the gloves untilI checked it with you. His skin on his hands seemed fine. No redness or uticaria. Do you think he has developed an allergy to latex? If so can we test it?

Thank you

Expert's Reply



This could well be an allergy to latex. There are tests for latex allergy both by skin prick tests or by using a test called the RAST which is a blood test.It would be best to see a paediatrician with experience in children's allergies.

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Posted by: Magda | 2011/07/11

My son got this so badly that he cldnt breath - now he is trying to keep away from latex and keeps his meds close - (he had difficulty breathing)....

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Posted by: BMJ | 2011/06/29

Sorry doc, just to add, my son is alergic to penicillen and has asthma.

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