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Latex allergy - part II

Marta Chełmińska
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2004;72(3-4):150-155.

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Vol 72, No 3-4 (2004)
REVIEWS
Published online: 2008-02-18
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

Diagnosis of latex allergy consists of four methods: anamnesis, skin tests, laboratory examinations and specific allergen challenge. Anamnesis is the source of information on the symptoms and reactions of IgE- dependend allergy, different accompanying factors and atopy diseases. The recognition of latex allergy is possible with positive SPT and/or sIgE (latex). Specific allergen challenge is performed in situation with positive anamnesis, negative SPT and negative sIgE (latex).
Latex allergy treatment is not defferent than other allergic diseases. Specific immunotherapy is new methods in these cases. Because of absence of standardized latex allergens, this method is still on experimental issue. The inconsistent results do not allow the recomendation of immunotherapy in everyday practice. The most important profilactic activity in case of latex allergy is to reduce the exposition to latex among the medical staff and the patients.

Abstract

Diagnosis of latex allergy consists of four methods: anamnesis, skin tests, laboratory examinations and specific allergen challenge. Anamnesis is the source of information on the symptoms and reactions of IgE- dependend allergy, different accompanying factors and atopy diseases. The recognition of latex allergy is possible with positive SPT and/or sIgE (latex). Specific allergen challenge is performed in situation with positive anamnesis, negative SPT and negative sIgE (latex).
Latex allergy treatment is not defferent than other allergic diseases. Specific immunotherapy is new methods in these cases. Because of absence of standardized latex allergens, this method is still on experimental issue. The inconsistent results do not allow the recomendation of immunotherapy in everyday practice. The most important profilactic activity in case of latex allergy is to reduce the exposition to latex among the medical staff and the patients.
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Keywords

latex allergy; skin prick tests; atopy patch tests; specific allergen challenge

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Title

Latex allergy - part II

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 72, No 3-4 (2004)

Pages

150-155

Published online

2008-02-18

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2004;72(3-4):150-155.

Keywords

latex allergy
skin prick tests
atopy patch tests
specific allergen challenge

Authors

Marta Chełmińska

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