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Latex allergy --update ---11/06

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CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 29 May 2008 22:13

does anyone have this allergy?
How did you find out ?
I`m wondering if I have it--yesterday my eyelid on left eye went all puffy , wasn`t sore , one of the patients noticed it . This morning it was below my eye the puffiness. Today my other eye started to the same way but not as bad. When I got home the tops of my legs were all puffy like blisters-I was wearing hold up stockings. Also one side of my mouth is puffy . I feel fine,
Ros xx

CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 29 May 2008 22:27

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*Helen S

*Helen S Report 29 May 2008 22:32

My cousin does but I'm not sure how she found out.
I tke it this has just occured or you'd have known earlier.
My Sister in law also has an allergy to rubber gloves but also many industrial cleaning products. She developed it over a period of time but it means she can't do cleaning jobs in large establishmnets, she's OK with normal stuff though.

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 29 May 2008 22:33

Hiya Ros

I worked in a kitchen for years...and the strong washing up liquid sent my skin raw sometimes till it cracked and bled...so I started wearing marrigolds...the ichy powered stuff inside was worse....this went on for years....was sent for allegy tests...and was tester for rubber..yep then they did the latex one ...a DR had to be there with a antiwhatsit injection...and it can cause low BP and slow your heart beat down..as you will know....they did a tiny slit in my arm and put a pinhead bit on a cotton bud.....stright away it began to swell...so thats how I know and even when I had my op the DR had to wear something else and I cant wear plasters or miroctape...

CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 29 May 2008 22:39

Wondered if it was the latex gloves at work , got some non latex today. One of the GPs said it was an allergy and to get piriton but didn`t want to take it when driving

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 29 May 2008 22:41

you can get the non droweys stuff now Roz...surely you would of got it years ago...trying wearing them inside out ...

Websterbfc

Websterbfc Report 29 May 2008 22:42

i noticed when i wore latex gloves and my hands came up in hives....there are new guidelines re latex allergy in nhs...the pct i work for has a new policy...it is worth checking it out if you also work for nhs

i use non latex gloves at work now

CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 29 May 2008 22:47

My hands are fine. I thought it may have been the spirit I rub on my hands and maybe touched my eye but don`t think so now it`s on my legs, Ros xx

MrDaff

MrDaff Report 29 May 2008 23:13

Yes I have it.... and very uncomfortable it is too!!

I used to buy my own gloves as a carer... and it is one of the reasons I trained in Health and Safety... long story!!

Rosalyn, most of the modern antihistamines do not make you drowsy... the old fashioned ones did and are now sold at pharmacists as *sleep aids*.... they are still the best antihistamines if you don't have to work and have a fairly serious reaction to something, though (NOT anyphyllactic, (sp) that is SERIOUS). And are in a position to be able to allow yourself to sleep for about 10 hours!! But piriton and loratidine (available at pharmacies) are non-drowsy these days.

I have multiple sensitivities, but a life threatening allergy to Aspirin and Nsaids... bummer when you've got rheumatoid arthritis, lol! And a less serious but debilitating sensitivity to coconut, latex, lanolin and sommat in those under-eye creams you can buy!!

If you have a sensitivity.... your practice has to provide you with the appropriate gloves.

Also... an awful lot of people are sensitive to the talc used in some gloves... and that spreads around as you pull your hands out, you can't help it!!

Hope you get it sorted soon.

Love

Daff xxx

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 29 May 2008 23:21

Zinc as well and one of the steriod creams they was treating it with.....

Joanne in Burgess Hill™

Joanne in Burgess Hill™ Report 29 May 2008 23:59

I have latex allergy. My hands and wrists end up bright red, itchy, hot and weepy. The rest of my body isn't affected. It doesn't matter whether the gloves are powder-free or not.
A good alternative is nitrile gloves - they come in green, blue or purple though.

I found out by constantly having eczema on my hands during the week, and started to clear up at weekends and when I was on holiday.

What is the hand rub that you use? I am also allergic to aldehydes which is in some of those.

CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 30 May 2008 10:01

bought Piriteze this morning - over 7 pounds for 30 tablets !!, Right eye bad today , but rash on legs gone, Ros

Carole

Carole Report 30 May 2008 10:07

Hi when my friend was a midwife she was having itchy eyes and thought it was her mascara. She tried all sorts on her arm and no reaction. I don't remember how but she found it was the powder on the latex gloves at work. A test at the doctors proved it. So she used the powder free ones and was okay

antihistamine tablets in sainsburys about 70p for seven. Ask at the chemist for own brand!

CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 4 Jun 2008 17:22

UPDATE
The same patient ,who saw my eye last week all puffy ,was in today for her dressing a rubber one Activo-that`s the culprit!!
Ros xx

MaggyfromWestYorkshire

MaggyfromWestYorkshire Report 4 Jun 2008 17:51

Glad you got it sorted Ros.

CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 4 Jun 2008 23:32

Also written to Boots to ask what is in the stocking tops ,
Ros

MaggyfromWestYorkshire

MaggyfromWestYorkshire Report 4 Jun 2008 23:43

Was just going to ask you about that Ros....lol....

CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 5 Jun 2008 17:09

ALSO WRITTEN TO MANUFACTURER OF DRESSINGS

CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 5 Jun 2008 17:10

AND MY COLLEAGUE AT WORK HAS TAKEN MY BLOOD FOR ALLERGY TESTING

CATHKIN

CATHKIN Report 11 Jun 2008 10:40

Been at GP today -being referred to allergy clinic-6-8 weeks waiting time . He didn`t know what it was.Got thrush in my mouth which is probably causing my cough-had Flagyl recently so that what`s caused that,
Ros xx