Aloe, a plant, produces two substances used in health care products — clear gel and yellow latex. People primarily use aloe's clear gel topically in creams and ointments to treat burns, the skin condition psoriasis and even acne. Some also take the gel orally to treat certain conditions. Aloe latex, a laxative, has been taken orally to treat constipation. While aloe gel is generally safe when used as recommended, oral use of aloe latex poses safety concerns. In fact, taking 1 gram a day of aloe latex for several days can cause kidney damage and might be fatal.
What is a latex allergy? | HowStuffWorks
A couple of nice articles recently on latex allergy have crossed my path — one in a journal I subscribe to Aesthetic Surgery Journal and the other via twitter and Allergy Ves Dimov, M. Latex allergy became widely recognized in the late s and early s. The increase in latex allergies cases is felt to be associated with the increase use of latex gloves and implementation of universal precautions now known as standard precautions in the s. Management of possible or confirmed latex allergic patients begin with history and suspicion :. All patients who present for surgical procedures or exams which require latex gloves pelvic exam, dental exams, etc should be questioned about possible latex allergy.
Why Latex-free is Important
The most common agents that are responsible for intraoperative anaphylaxis are muscle relaxants. However, latex accounts for a significant number of these reactions, and the incidence of intraoperative anaphylaxis caused by latex is increasing. It is now probably the second most important cause of intraoperative anaphylaxis. Following muscle relaxants and latex are probably antibiotics and anesthesia induction agents. Other agents that are responsible include colloids, opioids, and radiocontrast material.
Thousands of household and occupational products contain latex, from shoes to rubber bands. There is much confusion surrounding the topic of latex allergies and there are two distinct types of allergic reactions. First, latex is not the same as many synthetic rubber materials, such as butyl or petroleum-based synthetic products. The tendency to develop allergies is inherited.