You might have joked that you haven’t been to the dentist in a while because you’re allergic to them. Dental allergies are more common than you might think! Some patients deal with severe dental allergies every time they pay a visit to their dentist. These allergic reactions are a result of certain materials used by dentists such as latex and others. If you are affected by any of the following symptoms, make sure you notify Dr. Levine before your next visit.
Am I Allergic to Latex?
Extreme allergies to latex are a result of certain proteins that make up the latex material. Similar to a peanut allergy, the body goes into fight mode to get rid of the perceived dangerous material. The immune system uses antibodies to fight off the dangerous material. Histamine and other chemicals get circulated in the body, causing an allergic reaction.
Symptoms of a latex allergy are as follows:
- Tingling, red skin and/or eyes
- Hives or rash
- Raspy throat
This is an indication of a small latex allergy. A more violent reaction is called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis occurs, it could be fatal. Seek emergency treatment if you experience the following symptoms:
- Queasiness and vomiting
- Irregular pulse
Dr. Levine is happy to answer any questions regarding dental allergies. Book an appointment today!
For more information, check out our part 2 in our two-part Dental Allergies series!