The allergy specialists at UPMC in central Pa. offer diagnostic testing and treatment for children and adults with latex allergies or drug allergies.
Our specialists provide comprehensive treatment for latex allergies and allergies to drugs or medications. We offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment services to help you understand and manage your latex allergy or drug allergy, including:
Diagnostic Tests for Latex Allergies
A drug allergy occurs when your body has an immune reaction to a drug — including prescription or over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements — that you come into contact with or ingest. A drug allergy is different than a drug side effect. Common allergy-causing drugs include:
Symptoms of drug allergies are caused by your body’s immune reaction to the drug and can range from mild to life-threatening. Symptoms may include:
The most serious type of allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis, which can occur within minutes and is potentially life-threatening. Anaphylaxis causes dizziness, a sharp drop in blood pressure and, in some cases, loss of consciousness, shock, or cardiac arrest.
A latex allergy occurs when your body has an immune reaction to proteins found in natural rubber latex that comes from the rubber tree. Allergic reactions to latex can be caused by touching products that contain latex, such as gloves, condoms, or balloons, or by inhalation of latex particles that are released into the air by latex products.
Symptoms of a latex allergy are caused by your body’s immune reaction to the latex proteins and can range from mild to life-threatening. Symptoms may include:
People who are highly sensitive to latex could experience a potentially life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis, which can cause causes dizziness, a sharp drop in blood pressure and, in some cases, loss of consciousness, shock, or cardiac arrest.
Anyone can have an allergic reaction to latex or a drug, but you may be at a higher risk if you have other allergies or have a personal or family history of a drug allergy or latex allergy. Frequent or prolonged exposure to latex or a drug could put you at a higher risk of developing an allergy.
Although there is nothing you can do to prevent the allergy itself, you may be able to prevent allergic reactions by taking steps to avoid exposure to allergy-causing drugs or latex and following your doctor’s advice regarding allergy treatment.
UPMC Allergy and Immunology
Located at UPMC Outpatient Center
21 Waterford Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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