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There is no cure for latex Type I allergy. While it is a good idea to move to a non-latex environment to eliminate the risk of an adverse response and to minimize sensitivities, there has been an increasing number of cases reported of healthcare workers developing chemical Type IV allergies after making the switch. Understanding the difference between the causes and symptoms of a latex and chemical allergy is important so you can make the right decisions for you and your hospital.
In general, an allergy is a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance (called an allergen) that causes the body's defense system (the immune system) to overreact when defending itself. Normally, the immune system should only react if a harmful substance, such as bacteria, attacks the body. For people with allergies, their immune systems are working overtime and react even when relatively harmless substances, such as chemicals in gloves for example, are present. The severity of an allergic reaction can vary from mild discomfort to life threatening situations such as an anaphylactic response.
A reaction to allergens may present as an irritation or a sensitization.
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