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Latex allergy: a South Dakota problem.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8936437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Latex allergy has become a major problem nationally and in South Dakota. It manifests itself with a range of presentations including anaphylaxis, asthma, allergic rhinitis, and contact urticaria. This is an immunoglobulin E mediated disease. Healthcare workers, spina bifida patients, and others with a high exposure to latex are at the greatest risk of developing this allergy. In South Dakota, 1,170 healthcare workers are likely afflicted. Diagnosis is mainly by a history of symptoms with exposure. Confirmatory allergy testing is now available. Avoidance of latex products is essential and is the main treatment. This predominantly will involve the patient, co-workers and healthcare providers using non-latex gloves. Patients must be identified in their records and with MedicAlerts. As do patients with other allergies, they may also need medical care involving epinephrine, bronchodilators, corticosteroids and antihistamines. Physicians have a dual role in latex allergy--recognizing it in patients and, potentially, being patients themselves.
Authors:
M E Bubak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South Dakota journal of medicine     Volume:  49     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  S D J Med     Publication Date:  1996 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-01-02     Completed Date:  1997-01-02     Revised Date:  2014-05-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0040162     Medline TA:  S D J Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  119-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Anaphylaxis / epidemiology,  etiology*
Asthma / epidemiology,  etiology*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / epidemiology,  etiology*,  prevention & control
Dermatitis, Occupational / epidemiology,  etiology*,  prevention & control
Health Personnel
Humans
Incidence
Latex / adverse effects*
South Dakota / epidemiology
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Latex

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