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Latex Allergies

Latex is a material derived from the rubber tree that can be used in hardened or flexible form, known as dipped latex. One popular use of dipped latex is medical examination gloves. However, some people are allergic to latex, and any contact with these gloves can cause serious allergic reactions.

Although doctors may mark your latex allergy in your chart, charts can become crossed, or a doctor may ignore the latex allergy warning on your chart. Sometimes, this accidental latex exposure can result in anaphylactic shock and even death. If a doctor has ignored your latex allergy, resulting in a dangerous reaction, contact a Milwaukee medical malpractice attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at (414) 271-0900 for a free initial consultation.

Sources of Latex

Besides examination gloves, there are many other ways in which someone can come into contact with latex. Common latex-containing products in medical facilities include:

  • Surgical masks
  • Stethoscopes
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Respirators
  • Syringes

Symptoms of Allergic Reactions

Mere minutes after contact with a latex product, an individual can show signs of an allergic reaction. Symptoms associated with allergic reactions include:

  • Skin rash or hives
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes

Sometimes, allergic individuals can go into anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis can lead to unconsciousness and difficulty breathing, which can deprive you of oxygen. Anaphylactic shock can also lead to death.

Contact Us

Doctors and nurses should never ignore allergies that patients may have, especially when it comes to latex. If a negligent healthcare provider has exposed you to latex, despite a known latex allergy, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help you with your recovery. To discuss your case, contact the experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at (414) 271-0900 today.