The Allergy & Asthma Network and the American Latex Allergy Association are hosting free web-based seminars (webinars) for members of the public and health care professionals. The first week of October is Latex Allergy Awareness Week and the webinars will focus on dealing with latex allergies and allergic reactions.
Latex allergies impact up to 12 percent of health care workers and 6 percent of the U.S. population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). In addition, 68 percent of children with spina bifida have latex allergy. The allergy can be life-threatening, so patients must take special care to avoid contact with latex, which is found in many everyday items, from the latex gloves used in health care and food preparation settings to balloons and exercise balls.
The webinars are meant to complement one another, with the first, Latext Allergy 101 focusing on the signs and symptoms of latex allergy reactions and how to respond. This event is presented by Kevin Kelly, MD, pediatrician-in-chief at North Carolina Children’s HOspital in Chapel Hill. It will air on Tuesday, October 7th at 7pm (19:00) ET.
It will be followed by Hidden Latext Allergy Dangers in Food Service on October 8, presented by Michael Zacharisen, MD, board-certified allergist at Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana and Anaphylaxis Community Expert volunteer in Bozeman, Montana. It will be held at 7pm (19:00) ET.
Those interested in participating may register in advance.