Latex hypersensitivity: relationship with positive prick test and patch test responses among hairdressers.

@article{Nettis2003LatexHR,
  title={Latex hypersensitivity: relationship with positive prick test and patch test responses among hairdressers.},
  author={Eustachio Nettis and Porzia Pia Dambra and Anna lucia Soccio and Antonio Ferrannini and Alfredo Tursi},
  journal={Allergy},
  year={2003},
  volume={58 1},
  pages={57-61}
}
BACKGROUND Natural rubber latex is a frequent cause of IgE-mediated allergy in hairdressers; but a non-IgE-mediated allergy to latex proteins can also occur. Sixty-one hairdressers, reporting latex glove-related symptoms, were enrolled in the study. METHODS They were evaluated for latex allergy by assessment of serum specific IgE and skin prick tests. Patients were patch tested to a rubber additive series and to latex. Proportions were compared by one-tailed Fisher's exact test; mean values… CONTINUE READING