Latex Hypersensitivity in a Horse Farmer
Latex immediate hypersensitivity has been documented in 28% to 67% of spina bifida patients, 2.6%–16.9% of health care workers and at least 1% of the general population. Additionally, it has been confirmed in food-sensitive individuals sensitive to cross-reacting foods such as chestnut, avocado, banana, and passion fruits. Recently it has been observed even in low risk populations that are defined by absence of the conventional risk factors of atopy and exposure. We report the first documented case of latex allergy in a horse farmer who had the joint factors of atopy and exposure. This case exemplifies the paramount importance of screening all patients with a careful history first and appropriate testing for latex allergy when possible.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 1996
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