Sometimes it's necessary to take a medication that you're allergic to, such as certain chemotherapy drugs used to treat ovarian cancer. If you have a known latex allergy, it's important to call your dentist's office at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. Your dentist and staff should follow a latex-free protocol for patients with latex allergies, and they will also note your allergy in your medical history. Skin tests for latex allergy should only be performed with the close supervision of an allergy specialist, due to the risk of serious reactions. Additionally, having an allergy to one drug can increase the likelihood of having an allergy to another unrelated medication. If you suspect that you are having an allergic reaction to a product or medication used by your dentist, it is important to seek medical attention right away.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction can range from mild itching and hives to difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room. Your doctor may recommend antihistamines or other medications to reduce the symptoms of the allergic reaction. In some cases, they may also recommend immunotherapy, which involves gradually introducing small doses of the allergen in order to build up immunity. It is also important to inform your dentist about any allergies you may have so that they can take appropriate precautions when providing treatment. Your dentist may be able to suggest alternative products or medications that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction.