Latex Allergy Stories

Tell Your Latex Allergy Story

The best way for the world to understand the severity of a Latex allergy is for everyone to hear what those suffering from the allergy go through. Read the stories below written by people who suffer from allergic reactions to Latex and comments by those who advocate change.


Currently, 177 people have submitted stories or comments.


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Beth Burk: battle ground, wa


I discoverd my allergy to latex when I was 12 in my dentist's office, at that point all that happend was my mouth swelled. I have continued developing more sever symptoms including anaphylaxis. Also, I've developed allergies to multiple foods that are related to latex. This allergy is an exposer allergy so it gets worse as you are exposed to more latex. I work in a supposedly non latex hospital, that has latex surgical gloves, and many other latex products. I can't tell you how many people look at me like I'm just making a big deal out of nothing over this life-threatening allergy. I'm glad there are people trying to do something about this.


Janice Farace: Orange, Ct

My 6-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a severe latex allergy in June of 2009. She has all the symptoms when exposed to even the smallest amounts; hives, itchy, watery eyes, cough, wheezing, diarrhea, vomiting. I carry an Epipen Jr., she has a Proventil Inhaler for the wheezing, she is on Hydroxyzine twice a day, Asmanex Inhaler at night, and Allavert before bed. She reacts to; Eraser dust, the computer mouse pad, rubber balls, pool toys, and just about anything you can think of. My frustration as a mother is trying to get her public school to understand the severity of her allergy and do something about her enviroment. If the ADA does not list latex allergy as a disability, it's very difficult to get any cooperation. Please Help and sign the petition. My daughter's life depends on this.




I have been dealing with this allergy for 16 years. I don't understand how people today have never heard of this very serious allergy. I recently went to Delray Beach, Fl. for vacation. I could not find a restaurant to eat in. All the restaurants on or near the beach use latex powderd gloves. My sister found your web site and the worldwide non-contaminated restaurant list helped. Thank you!


Scott Naugle: Laurel, MD

I'm not sure if anyone on here realizes it or not, but there are other rubber gloves available that are not made of latex. http://www.smtl.co.uk/MDRC/Gloves/jowcpaper96/node29.html. I'm surprised that both those that are allergic to latex are not aware of this and that those in the medical and restaurant profession wouldn't have alternative gloves on hand for those who are allergic to latex.


alan geisenheimer: totowa, new jeresey

I am not, but my wife is allergic to latex. we have been successful in having some restaurants change and some said no. Most recent is the newly renovated Fountainebleu Hotel in Miami Beach, FL that is full of latex. They did offer to cook without the gloves for our specific meals but our convention buffett meals were all made with latex gloves and we could not partake.


Carol Bevilacqua: Hawthorne, NJ, NJ


In June of 2008 I was in the ER of a major Northern NJ Medical Center. The blatant disregard for Latex Allergy is sad. The physician and nurse responses as well as the division of consumer affairs was that "reaching for the latex gloves, tourniquet, etc." is such a routine." The best was when the radiology tech looked at my wristbands, verified my name, d.o.b, etc; clearly stated that I was allergic to latex and proceeded to administer a doppler on my legs with latex gloves on. No one takes it seriously, as the employees do not know what products contain latex--bandages, stethoscope, tubing; etc. It is absolutely obvious that there is very limited training (if any) to latex sensitivity at the Medical Center.


Joanna Morris: lubbock, tx


I returned to college when my two children began school, and I fell in love with neuroscience. I graduated summa cum laude from my undergraduate institution and started graduate school. During my first semester in grad school, I was required to perform a number of surgeries on animals, and I noticed rashes over my hands from the latex gloves. I switched to powder free latex gloves, and the reactions continued. Over the next few years, I developed a severe latex allergy with anaphylactic reactions. Eventually I left graduate school because of the prevelence of latex and other allergens and I have been unable to find another profession. I do still have the student loans. I have left 4 of the last 5 jobs I've had due to latex allergy, and I am not sure that I will be able to apply for disability. Not only have I lost a career that I was educated for and loved, I have had a great deal of difficulty simply supporting myself, and the allergic dermititis I experienced to latex gloves in 2001 remain. I still have the rashes on my hands in 2009!


Shannon Borge: Meadow Vista, CA


When exposed to an environment with latex in the air via powdered latex (balloons, powdered latex gloves, & latex gym balls), I get tons of small red blister like bumps on my face that take a week or more to go away. As a nurse, I've talked to countless patients with latex allergy who didn't know that restaurants used latex gloves or that latex gloves transfer latex protein on to the food. Several patients I've talked to didn't link their latex allergy to the symptoms they'd been getting when unknowingly eating in latex contaminated restaurants. It's scary knowing that the food service industry is unwittingly increasing the populations allergy to latex.


Danielle Smith: Cincinnati, OH


I have been to several resturants that forbid to take off their gloves to prepare my food. I know which places I can and cannot eat at...its crazy1!!


Deb Rohrbach: Gilbertsville, PA


In the late 1980's we started using gloves in the dental office where I worked. My hands would itch after wearing gloves as a dental assistant. My dermatologist said it was eczema and to use steroid cream. When I went on vacation my hands would be fine. As a nursing student, I started to have the "eczema", then over several weeks started sneezing, then watery eyes, then hives, then wheezing, then throat closing up as I sat in the ER waiting room. I didn't know what was happening and couldn't talk to tell anyone. By the time the Dr. saw me he listened to my lungs and gave me Benadryl. This was 1988. Noone, nor I knew latex rubber was the problem. Upon graduation I worked at a hospital that used vinyl gloves in the ICU I worked and if I need to use latex sterile gloves would wear vinyl underneath. It worked; until I went to the dentist and they used latex gloves; swelled up on my face, lip, hives. I then made an appt. with an allergist who had just received information about latex rubber allergy. The only test he could do was use a glove for a skin prick test. He stopped the test after 20 seconds because my reaction was so bad he feared anaphylaxis. He said to avoid touching latex. This was 1992. To make a long story short, although I used my vinyl gloves, the other hospitals I worked in used powdered latex gloves. I acquired airborne allergy. I feel I cannot go, eat, travel, shop, without the possibility of a reaction that can kill me. It makes me sad for my four young children, that I have to moniter everything; clothes, toys, pencils, shoes, food, stores, restaurants, etc. and that I miss many events because of possible exposure. Even my doctor still uses latex gloves. So you have to constantly be on high alert. If it wasn't for God I don't know how I'd cope! Somehow I do manage to find joy in my life but I cannot imagine how great it would be to not worry about dying because of a latex particle in the air! God Bless!


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