Dental allergies are more common than you may think! Patients sometimes aren’t even aware that they have these allergies. Many times patients have an allergic reaction to certain materials used by dentists, such as latex. If you experience any of the allergies below or have a dental history with allergies, please inform your dentist before your next appointment.
Latex reactions are caused due to specific proteins that make up latex. When a latex reaction happens, the body reacts as if the material is dangerous. The immune system sends antibodies to fight off the material. Certain chemicals like histamine are cycled through the circulatory system, which causes the allergic reaction symptoms.
Signs of a latex allergy are:
• Hives or rash
• Itchy, red skin and/or eyes
• Itchy throat
These are symptoms of a minor latex allergy reaction happening. Anaphylaxis is the term for when a more severe allergic reaction is occurring. The symptoms of anaphylaxis are critical, and they may be lethal. Seek medical attention if any of these symptoms occur:
• Poor or rapid pulse
• Loss of consciousness
• Nausea and vomiting
Please contact Dr. Lecnher for your next dental appointment! He is happy to answer any questions or address worries you might have about dental allergies.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this 2 part Dental Allergies series!