- Do you have a history of hay fever, asthma, eczema, allergies or rashes?
- Are you allergic to any foods (remember those above)?
- Do you experience rash, oral itching, swelling or wheezing when exposed to these foods?
- Are you exposed to any products that contain latex, including gloves, at work?
- If you have had a rash on your hands after wearing latex gloves, how long after putting on the gloves did the rash develop?
- What did the rash look like?
Hidden reactions to Latex:
- Do you ever have swelling, itching, hives, shortness of breath, cough or other allergic symptoms during or after blowing up a balloon, undergoing a dental procedure, using condoms or diaphragms, or following a vaginal or rectal exam?
- Have you ever had an allergic reaction of unknown cause, especially during a medical or dental procedure?
- Have you ever had surgery? What kind?
- Do you have spina bifida or any urinary tract problem requiring surgery or catheterizations?
Surgical patients who are Latex-sensitive should be scheduled as the first case of the day, when aerosolized latex particles are at a low. If blood pressure cuffs and tubing are made of latex, the patient's extremities should be wrapped to prevent contact. While it has been recommended that medications not be drawn up through rubber-stoppered vials or allowed to sit in preloaded syringes that contain latex rubber, and that latex ports should not be used for intravenous injections, these precautions appear to be impractical for all but the most exquisitely latex-sensitive patient and are likely not necessary. Non-latex gloves should be worn by surgeons and staff. Premedication with antihistamines, steroids and histamine H2-blockers is sometimes carried out, but anaphylactic reactions have occurred despite such pretreatment.