This article provides background information on the etiology of latex allergies identifies some commonly used dental products. People who have spina bifida and catharize.
4 7 avoidance of latex should extend to latex containing products used for personal care medical care dental care and community participation.
Latex spina bifida. Latex reactive foods include primarily nuts and fruit but also some vegetables. Pediatric patients with meningomyelocele spina bifida appear to be specifically at risk for this type of reaction. Besides answering a questionnaire patients underwent skin prick testing and determination of specific serum ige to latex as well as a screening test for specific ige to environmental allergens.
Or have several surgeries from very early in life such as bladder surgery or shunt revisions are at very high risk for allergy because of a cumulative effect over time. The possibility of severe latex natural rubber allergy in individuals with spina bifida was first raised in 1989. Foods with a high degree of latex allergy association or prevalence.
Until better scientific explanations are available to specifically drive prevention and intervention people with spina bifida should continue to avoid skin contact with latex protein in the environment including foods with similar proteins and avoid inhalation of powder that contains latex. Latex recently has been associated with severe intraoperative ige mediated anaphylactic reactions. Since that time research studies have shown that between 18 and 73 of children and adolescents with spina bifida are sensitive to latex as measured by history or blood test.
Symptoms of latex sensitivity can be minor but without warning may become life threatening. Sometimes people with latex allergies experience a reaction to latex reactive foods this may be referred to as latex food syndrome or latex fruit allergy. Objective and methods in order to study risk factors for latex allergy in patients with spina bifida we investigated 165 patients with spina bifida mean age 9 years.