Intended for healthcare professionals

Avoiding rubber contact for sensitive individuals

There is much in the literature about latex allergy and the dramatic effects that this can have on health. In addition to the latex component, rubber also contains processing chemicals which are capable of causing a dermatitis reaction in their own right. This dermatitis reaction is by no means life-threatening, but it can be dramatic in the effect it has on the life of the sufferer. Topical steroids do not completely suppress contact dermatitis reactions, and so avoidance of the allergen is the best form of treatment that is available at the present time.
Dermatology in practice 2001; 9(6): 20–22
To continue reading this article, please sign in or register.