Latex is a fluid that comes from the rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis, found in Africa and Southeast Asia. Allergic reactions to products made with latex develop in people who become allergic or sensitized to proteins contained in natural rubber latex. At least 13 distinct proteins have been identified and associated with latex sensitivities.
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. It should be prevented by avoiding skin contact with latex.
Contact with these products can cause an allergic reaction. Some people have allergic reactions by breathing in latex fibers in the air. Some people have allergic reactions from skin contact with latex. Synthetic latex, such as that in latex paint, does not come from the sap of a Brazilian rubber tree.
Latex is a milky fluid that comes from the tropical rubber tree. Hundreds of everyday products contain latex. Repeated exposure to a protein in natural latex can make you more likely to develop a latex allergy.
Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex, a product made from the rubber tree. If you have a latex allergy, your body mistakes latex for a harmful substance. Latex allergy may cause itchy skin and hives or even anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause throat swelling and severe difficulty breathing.
Natural rubber latex, a milky fluid found in rubber trees, is used to make some gloves, condoms, balloons, rubber bands, erasers and toys. Latex can also be found in bottle nipples and pacifiers. It may be surprising, but latex paints do not contain any natural rubber latex protein.
Latex is natural rubber, a product made primarily from the rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis. Some people develop allergic reactions after repeated contact with latex, especially latex gloves. Allergy to latex is an increasing health problem. Latex reactions can vary from minor to life-threatening, or they may progress from a less serious reaction to a more serious one.
Natural rubber latex is used in the manufacture of various FDA-regulated products, such as condoms and medical gloves. Here, a physical science technician inspects medical gloves in related integrity testing at an FDA laboratory in Irvine, CA. For this and other FDA photos, go to Flickr.