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Latex allergy poses considerable life-long risks to those affected. Latex allergy typically occurs in, but is not restricted to, those with frequent exposure to latex and with allergy cross-reactive foods (bananas, chestnuts, kiwis and avocados).1 Recurrent exposure is often occupational—seen in healthcare workers and rubber industry workers—and is also seen in certain patient groups such as patients with spina bifida and patients who have undergone multiple surgical procedures.2 Atopic individuals exposed to latex are at an increased risk of developing latex allergy compared with the general …
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