Continued Diagnosis. Doctors diagnose a latex allergy in people who: Have had symptoms of an allergic reaction-- like a skin rash, hives, eye tearing or irritation, wheezing, itching, or trouble.
Also avoid food that causes an allergic reaction. Latex allergy problems during dental, medical or surgical procedures can be prevented by warning health care providers about latex allergy before any test or treatment. Latex allergic people can receive medical or dental care in a latex-safe area.
People may use the term “latex allergy,” but not all reactions to latex are due to having a true allergy to latex. An allergic reaction is an abnormal response of the immune system to a harmless substance. People with latex allergies have over-sensitive immune systems. Their immune system reacts to latex as if it were a harmful substance.
Types of Allergies Allergies, including allergic rhinitis, affect an estimated 40 million to 50 million people in the United States. Some allergies may interfere with day-to-day activities or lessen the quality of life.