Rubber allergy

Clin Dermatol. 2011 May-Jun;29(3):278-86. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2010.11.006.


Rubber is a ubiquitous material with a varied range of properties resulting from its manufacturing process. Rubber allergy also has various forms and is a common cause of morbidity in many occupations. This contribution discusses the main issues surrounding allergy to this compound and at each section distinguishes between type I allergy to latex (natural rubber) and type IV allergy to rubber additives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / etiology
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity, Delayed / diagnosis
  • Hypersensitivity, Delayed / etiology
  • Hypersensitivity, Immediate / diagnosis
  • Hypersensitivity, Immediate / etiology
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / classification
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / diagnosis*
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Rubber / adverse effects
  • Rubber / chemistry


  • Rubber