Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 436--437

Oral allergy to latex power at toy balloon

Sora Yasri1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia

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Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Oral allergy to latex power at toy balloon.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:436-437

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Oral allergy to latex power at toy balloon. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 May 31 ];9:436-437
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Dear Sir,

Latex allergy is an important public health problem.[1] Since latex can be seen as a composition of several things around us; hence, one with latex allergy can develop a serious problem after contact it. Here, the authors report an interesting case of oral allergy to latex power at toy balloon. The case is a 32-year-old male patient visited to the physician with the problem of severe mouth lip swelling and itching after contact with power in toy balloon when he blew the toy balloon. This case was managed as allergy, and the symptom was improved after having anti-allergic drug. This case was further investigated, and the latex allergy can be seen. In fact, the allergy after contact with latex can be seen in medicine and is common among medical personnel who have to use gloves.[2] However, for general people, it is sporadically seen. The present case is very interesting and great considerable since the problem is due to toy balloon. The first appearance of the problem at the oral area is very rare, and there are only a few documents on problems due to toy.[3] Palosuo et al. noted that blowing toy balloon could be a forgotten etiology of latex allergy.[2] Since toys are played by children around the world, the control of latex in toy should be a big public health issue.

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