Some children may have contact sensitivity to latex. This causes them to get an itchy, bumpy, red rash where they have skin contact with latex. This is called a “contact dermatitis reaction”. It should be prevented by avoiding skin contact with latex. It can be treated with steroid ointments.
Other children may have an immediate-type allergic reaction to latex.
Allergic reactions can be seen when products made from latex come in contact with the child's skin, mucous membranes in the mouth, genitals, bladder, rectum, internal mucosal surfaces, or the bloodstream (during surgery). Some children may also react when blowing up a rubber balloon or breathing in powder from the inside of latex gloves.
When a child with a latex allergy comes in contact with a latex product, they can have these symptoms:
- Watery or itchy eyes
- Flushing of the skin or a skin rash
- Itching of the skin
- Swelling of the skin
Severe reactions may also occur. Get emergency treatment right away for any of these symptoms:
- Problems breathing
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
The symptoms of a latex allergy may look like other medical conditions. Always consult your child's doctor for a diagnosis.