Background: Latex is a relevant occupational and environmental allergen, strongly related to the extensive use of natural rubber products. Objectives: Threshold Limit Values have to be identified, as well as biocompatible materials in order to avoid sensitization or appearance of allergic symptoms. Methods: In this paper we consider the main methods, which have been used to detecting latex allergens for environmental monitoring of airborne and latex products. Results: We report our experience in such afield, and our approach to the latex problem, suggesting that quantification of allergens, which is currently applicable according to well standardized methods, should be adopted by manufacturers, agency and consumer organization.
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