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Oral Health Topics

Latex Allergy

Key Points

  • Natural rubber latex contains protein that can cause allergic reactions. Synthetic latex products, including nitrile and vinyl products,1 are not made with this protein.
  • Powdered latex gloves have been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to the role powder plays in triggering allergic response in susceptible individuals.
  • Oil-based hand lotions can damage latex gloves and increase the risk of allergic reactions.
  • Overview
  • Risk Factors for Allergic Reactions to Latex
  • Symptoms of Allergic Reactions to Latex
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Other Resources
Topic last updated: January 5, 2021

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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