Latex Allergy (Udarda)
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Ayurvedic Reference of Udarda(Latex allergy)
Causes of Latex Allergy
When the body comes in contact with some proteins in rubber latex, immune system misinterprets them as harmful substances and produce antibodies to expel them. These antibodies initiate secretion of histamines on continuous exposure to latex and results in allergic reactions.
Means for causing latex allergy
- Direct contact with latex or its products like gloves, balloons, condoms etc.
- Inhalation of latex particles from its products that stay on air.
- Fruits like Avocado, Banana, Passion Fruit, Kiwi etc. contain same chemical as in latex. So, latex allergic people may get allergic to these fruits also.
People who have constant or increased contact with latex gloves or other products are more prone to be affected with latex allergy. This group includes medical professionals, those who undergo repeated surgeries, people who work in rubber industry etc. and also those with a family history of allergy.
Ayurvedadescribes exposure to cold wind as the reason for Udarda.
Symptoms of Latex Allergy
Allergic symptoms caused by exposure to latex may vary from mild to severe. Intensity of symptoms depends on sensitivity of the victim and degree of exposure.
Mild Symptoms include itchy skin with rashes and redness. In severe condition there will be:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Breathing difficulty etc.
Ayurveda specifies symptoms of Udarda as reddish, itchy, raised rashes on skin. Continuous exposure can lead to fatal condition called Anaphylaxis with following systemic symptoms:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficulty in breathing etc.
Some of the symptoms like swelling, pricking pain, vomiting, fever, burning sensation etc. are said to be worst condition of udarda.
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Diet in Latex Allergy
Following pathya should be followed to prevent the recurrence to allergic reactions and to strengthen immune system of body.
- Drink lot of water
- Bitter foods
- Regular bowel movements
- Cleansing the skin and hair
- Regular exercise
- Use non-latex gloves
Certain food items and regimen should be avoided to maintain health of body. Following are some of the avoidable practices.
- Spicy & sour food
- Junk food
- Deep fried fast food
- Chemical-based lotion
- Continuous use of rubber gloves
Yoga for Latex Allergy
Yogasanas are very effective to strengthen body and mind. Performance of immune system will be improved. Following asanas (postures) will be beneficial in the treatment of Latex Allergy.
- Surya namskar
Ayurvedic Treatment of Latex Allergy
Latex Allergy can be treated effectively by combined use of internal medicines, treatment procedures and external medicines.
Internal medicines include various formulations like kwatha, tablet, lehya etc. according to the condition of patient and disease. Following are some of the effective Ayurvedic medicines for internal use.
Following medicines are applied externally based on the manifestation of symptoms.
Ayurveda has unique method of treatment procedures including purification therapies to cure disease from root. It includes:
Use of following herbs in diet and also as medicine in proper dose will help to relieve from symptoms of allergy.
- Amalaki (Emblicaofficinalis)
- Guduchi (Tinosporacordifolia)
- Nimba (Azadirachtaindica)
- Manjishta (Rubiacordifolia)
- Chandana (Santalum alba)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist