Latex allergy – an emotive term above all for medical professionals

Latex allergies (also known as type I allergies) are becoming more and more of an issue for both patients and medical staff. According to international estimates, less than one percent of the overall population suffers from type I allergies caused by latex products, but to the population most at risk of being exposed to latex gloves (which includes those in the medical profession), the figure is closer to 10 percent.  

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