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11/13/2017 Offices closing on Friday 11/24

All offices will be closed on Friday, 11/24/2017, the day after Thanksgiving. All offices will open for normal hours on Monday, 11/27/2017.


11/13/2017 Bel Air office closing early 11/22/2017

The Bel Air Office will be open from 8-4 on Wednesday, 11/22/2017 and will remain closed until the following Monday, 11/27/2017.


11/13/2017 Greenbelt Office Closed 11/22/2017

The Greenbelt office will be closed on Wednesday, 11/22/2017 and will reopen for normal hours on Monday, 11/27/2018.


11/13/2017 DC office Closing early 11/22/2017

Our DC/Foggy Bottom office will be closing at 2pm on 11/22/2017. We will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, 11/27/2017.


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Latex Allergy

A latex allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in natural rubber latex, most commonly used in latex gloves. Dipped rubber latex is the most common latex allergy.

Symptoms

A latex allergy can range from mild to severe. Below are some of the common symptoms experienced.

  • mild reactions: itching, nasal congestion, redness
  • moderate reactions: sneezing, runny nose, difficulty breathing, hives, itchy skin
  • severe reactions: anaphylaxis
  • Common Latex Products

  • rubber gloves
  • balloons
  • rubber bands
  • baby bottle nipples
  • condoms
  • blood pressure equipment
  • intravenous tubing
  • surgical masks
  • Who is at Risk?

    If someone has repeatedly been exposed to latex products, they have a greater chance of getting a latex allergy.

    The following are people who have a higher risk of developing a latex allergy.

  • healthcare professionals
  • children with spina bifida
  • patients with recurrent medical procedures or surgeries
  • people who are exposed to latex in the workplace
  • Diagnosis

    A latex allergy can be diagnosed through an allergy skin test, blood test or physical examination by an allergy specialist.

    Prevention and Treatment

    There is no cure for a latex allergy. Avoidance is the best possible treatment for a latex allergy.

    People with severe latex allergies should carry epinephrine (know as an EpiPen) at all times and should consider wearing a medic-alert bracelet.

    For severe allergic reactions, seek emergency medical attention.

    For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of latex allergies or to schedule an appointment with an allergist or asthma specialist, call 1-800-778-9923 or visit the Allergy & Asthma Center location near you.

     
     

     

     
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