How do you know if you're allergic to latex?
December 5, 2007 9:32 PM Subscribe
Other than dying first, how do you know if you have a latex allergy?
posted by tamitang to health & fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So other than anaphylactic shock, how do you know for sure that you have a latex allergy? My daughter had a baby about six weeks ago and was catheterized during the delivery. Ever since then it burns when she pees but the OB/GYN says there's no infection. Last week she had minor surgery with general anesthesia (for something else) and it seems like her uvula is HUGELY swollen and her throat is really, really sore.
The reason we are wondering if these two problems could be due to a latex allergy is because when she was about three years old she had stitches on a large cut with those little steri-strips thingies. When it was time for the strips to come off, they peeled away big chunks of skin and we were told then that she was allergic to the strips. She is also allergic to penicillin if there could be any connection there. Her siblings have various allergies too. Her sister gets hives from exposure to cold (yes, it's true!) and her brother has asthma, so a new allergy in the family wouldn't be too much of a surprise.
Yes, she is going to the urologist as soon as she can get an appointment but we're also wondering if a trip to an allergist is in order.