Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor will want to know your history of reacting to latex, as well as other allergy signs and symptoms you've experienced. Your doctor may conduct a physical examination to identify or exclude other medical problems.

He or she may also recommend one or both of the following tests:

  • Skin test. In this test, small amounts of latex are placed on the skin of your forearm or back. Your skin is then pricked with a needle to allow a tiny amount of the applied latex beneath your skin surface. If you're allergic to latex or another substance being tested, you develop a raised bump. Allergists or other doctors experienced in skin testing should perform this test.
  • Blood test. Your blood sample is sent to a medical laboratory, where it can be tested for sensitivity to latex.
Oct. 14, 2014