Latex Allergy Medication

Updated: Apr 28, 2021
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

Latex allergies are best treated with patient education to avoid further exposure. Even HCWs may be poorly informed about latex allergy risk factors, clinical syndromes, and preventive approaches. [26] Type I reactions are treated as any other systemic allergic reaction. The cornerstones of treatment are epinephrine and H1 antihistamines. Systemic corticosteroids and H2 blockers may be useful. Please see articles on Anaphylaxis, Angioedema, and Asthma for details of therapy. No specific immunotherapy has been shown to be effective.

Type IV reactions (localized contact dermatitis) are unlikely to require ED treatment. They can be treated with topical steroids and patient education to avoid further exposures.

All patients with type I latex allergy should carry a subcutaneous epinephrine kit at all times.