Document Detail

Latex allergy: a South Dakota problem.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8936437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
M E Bubak
Related Documents :
2822337 - A double-blind randomised cross-over comparison of nabilone and metoclopramide in the c...
844637 - Neuropsychic factors in physical urticaria.
10435477 - Follow-up after systemic adverse reactions of immunotherapy.
3505537 - Specific immunological therapy with the sulfite chemicals.
3319147 - Transfer factor for adjuvant immunotherapy in cervical cancer.
477427 - Necrotizing sarcoid granulomatosis.
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    
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Anaphylaxis / epidemiology,  etiology*
Asthma / epidemiology,  etiology*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / epidemiology,  etiology*,  prevention & control
Dermatitis, Occupational / epidemiology,  etiology*,  prevention & control
Health Personnel
Latex / adverse effects*
South Dakota / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  New targets and strategies for the development of antibacterial agents.
Next Document:  Suboccipital dermatomyotomic stimulation and digital blood flow.