February 1997 Issue

Latex Gloves and Fruit: Unexpected Link

If you are allergic to fruit—particularly avocados, bananas, kiwifruit, papaya or peaches—tell your physician or dentist before you undergo any procedure or surgery that requires the use of latex gloves. Since the late 1980's, physicians have noticed a surge in latex allergies among patients who frequently undergo procedures in which skin or blood is exposed to latex, as well as in health care workers who use the gloves regularly. The offending culprits appear

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