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Latex is a plastic derived from plants, primarily the Hevea Brasiliensis tree in Brazil, which is used in gloves, condoms and other common household goods (mats, elastic, insulation, toys, etc). Latex allergy is common in the general population and often results in localised reactions including skin inflammation, itching and hives or systemic reactions including difficulty breathing or low blood pressure. The best method of treating a latex allergy is to avoid the product all together, or if exposure does occur, an adrenaline injection can avert a fatal outcome.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Morgan Hill Times
About: Latex allergy
Date: 4 June 2005
Source: Morgan Hill Times
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