Latex allergy in children with no known risk factor for latex sensitization.
ABSTRACT We describe latex allergy in 11 atopic children, aged 0.7-11.1 years, without any known risk factor. A skin prick-test (SPT) for latex was positive in 8/11, and latex specific IgE was found in all. Latex glove challenge was positive in 9 assessed. These patients demonstrate that latex allergy should be looked for not only in children who have had several operations or those children reporting symptoms from rubber, but also in children with severe atopic eczema, banana allergy, or urticaria or anaphylaxis for which the cause is unknown.
Pediatric Asthma Allergy & Immunology 01/1999; 13(2):97-101. DOI:10.1089/pai.1999.13.97
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ABSTRACT: Babies born in the delivery rooms of hospitals are exposed to latex through skin and mucous membrane contact with prepowdered latex gloves worn by midwives and doctors, and through the inhalation of latex bound starch powder in the air of the delivery room. This paper examines the hypothesis that babies are at risk of latex sensitization, and that part of the sharp increase in childhood asthma, eczema and anaphylaxis in the past thirty to forty years may be linked to this. These possibilities seem hitherto unsuspected. In over seven hundred papers on latex allergy no mention of neo-natal exposure to latex has been found. Even obstetric papers discussing the risks for an atopic mother do not seem to anticipate any risk for the baby, who might also be atopic. Latex allergy is primarily regarded as an occupational hazard. This paper suggests that it is a hazard for every baby handled by latex gloves at birth.Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine 01/1999; 9(4):305-312. DOI:10.1080/13590849961528