Skip to navigation Skip to content
Sulis hospital bath banner

Latex allergy testing

Latex allergy is sensitivity to one, or several, proteins found in natural rubber made from the sap of a tropical tree, Hevea brasiliensis. This type of rubber is used to make gloves, balloons and condoms. Medical and dental gloves used in the U.K. now are largely made from synthetic nitrile rubber and hence are latex-free. However, other items used in healthcare and surgery may contain rubber and so it may be necessary to test a patient for latex allergy.

Testing for latex allergy involves taking a detailed history and carrying out prick testing to a latex solution and to a source of latex protein. This procedure is quick, painless and safe. If testing is negative, further tests including provocation testing with a glove or balloon, or doing a blood (antibody) test may be helpful to exclude latex allergy.

Treatment Overview

Combining a calming hospital environment with outstanding patient care so you can recover as quickly as possible.

  • Covered by health insurance? Yes

  • Can I pay privately? Yes

You’re in safe hands at Sulis Hospital.

Enquire now

Talk to the experts

Fast track your treatment

We are here to answer any questions you might have and can also provide guide prices. Simply fill in your details below.

We would like to provide you with marketing information about products and services offered by Sulis Hospital Bath and by selected third-party partners. If you do not consent for us to process your personal data for marketing activities, we will still be able to contact you about your enquiry.

Please tick the box(es) to confirm your consent to receive marketing information from the Sulis Hospital Bath:

Marketing information

We will use your personal information to process your enquiry and contact you with relevant information. For further information, please see our website privacy policy.