Latex Allergy

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  1. Trey

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    Hi. I've always thought I was in perfect health. I rarely get the cold or any other viruses. (A few exceptions for strep throat on occasions). But last night after visiting the dentist I had a allegic reaction to what I believe to be the latex gloves they use. Is this a disqualification? If this helps I had no trouble breathing while having the attck just hives all over my body and itching. Thanks, Trey.
     
  2. kinnem

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    Can't answer your question. Just wanted to say you shouldn't jump to conclusions. There's a zillion different things in the dentist's exam room and it could have been just about anything. If you're concerned about it get it checked out. Heck, it could have just been hives for no apparent reason. My brother had terrible hives for hours before he asked his father-in-law for his daughter's hand in marriage.
     
  3. JMS

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    +1 to kinnem.
    Trey, what you know is: you had hives once.
    Everything else in your post about why you had hives is speculation. Deal with facts and do not jump to conclusions.
     
  4. nigel

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    It could have been a reaction to literally anything in the dentist's office. Did he give you medication of any kind? I am allergic to several commonly used meds and get itchy hives (and worse).

    It could have been the toothpaste they use to polish your teeth. It could be the cleanser they use to clean the chairs you were sitting in, or the equipment. it might not even have been one thing, but rather several things that, when together, your body did NOT like.

    Seriously, it could be anything. For all we know, the dentist's gloves might not have even been latex.

    Nicole
     
  5. AlexT

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    Just understand some important distinctions, especially when it comes to DODMERB disclosures and exams.

    1) It sounds like you think you may have an allergy. Was it diagnosed by a qualified healthcare professional? Was it documented? If not, you have not been diagnosed with an allergy. There is nothing to disclose.

    2) If it concerns you, get tested and diagnosed. Once the results come and if your suspicions are confirmed, you will then need to disclose it. I don't know if its disqualifying or not.
     
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    +1,000 to Alex T, if you have not been diagnosed by a licensed health care professional with this or any condition then under no circumstances put down that you have said condition. Otherwise the can of worms will be large and time consuming to deal with. Good luck moving forward.
     
  7. Trey

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    Being tested a few days after New Year's
     
  8. Tigger

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    Did you confirm with your dentist that the gloves used contained latex? I work in healthcare and the gloves we use are latex free. The symptoms you describe may not be related to your visit to the dentist at all. I encourage you to not self-diagnose yourself. Who is ordering the allergy test? Have they taken a complete history and performed a physical exam to rule out other possibilities?

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  9. Trey

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    Yes, I did make sure that my nurse was using latex gloves. It's funny how she was the only nurse in the office who used latex gloves. I'm told to tell every doctor that I might have a possibility of being allergic because my if I was, my next reaction could be alot worse.

    EDIT: And I am going to a professional allergist.
     
  10. Tigger

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    I assume you mean dental hygienist and not nurse?

    Did your PCP refer you to the allergist?

    Just seems like there is a step missing between your symptoms, your presumed diagnosis and an appointment with a specialist.

    Hope it all turns out well for you.

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  11. Trey

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    Yes to the first question. And, the lady that answered the phone, and I'm guessing this is the lady running the desk, said it was very much needed to go to a allergist. I'll find out on January 9th.
     
  12. Tigger

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    Well, that's the step I think is missing. I don't believe that staff members answering phones are qualified to assess and refer patients as that is generally something that providers do. I'm surprised an allergist will see you without a referral from a PCP.

    Good luck.
     
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    I would think that as long as one's insurance covers it or one otherwise has the means to pay, the allergist won't care one way or the other.
     
  14. Tigger

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    You would be surprised. Many (if not most) of the specialists that I refer to require a referral from a PCP before they will see a patient. Self-referral, at least in my area, is not the norm.
     

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