Typical symptoms include watery eyes, wheezing, hives, rash, swelling, and, in severe cases, anaphy-laxis. (in anaphylactic shock, a child can develop shortness of breath, swollen lips, and throat, heart, and breathing problems within minutes.) These responses can occur when items containing latex touch the skin, the mucous membranes (the mouth, genitals, bladder, or rectum), open areas, or bloodstream (especially during surgery). Lips and the face may swell after contact with latex balloons.

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