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, 180 people have submitted stories or comments.


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Rebecca Radke: Spring, TX


I developed my latex allergy through over exposure while being treated for another medical condition. Every reaction I have is worse than the one before. My most recent attack STARTED 3 days ago and I still get dizzy and have trouble breathing. It was brought on my going into my dorm room after my roommate blew up balloons in the room. The balloons were not IN the room when I had my reaction. I can't even touch the conveyor belt at the checkout counter or set my things on it without wondering if the latex particles will transfer and cause a reaction. I'm in college and should be able to focus on my studies, not have to spend time trying to get my University to accommodate my allergy.


Audrey Kirby: climax, MI


I was a day late and a dollar short as i was repeatedly exposed to latex in the dental office before most offices around here have banned it (thank God not only for me....but for all workers and patients). I feel nauseated being in the dollar store if kids start playing with those spikey stretchy balls, and around balloons. i feel like a scrooge being a mom and being allergic to balloons....but my kids are so understanding. It still makes me sad. i am thankful for mylar balloons. i know my allergy is serious, as it can appear mild, and grow to serious and anaphylactic shock in one exposure. i know this from being a health care professional and reading my journals....i read an excellent article on peanut allergies. i'm glad i found this site because i put "two and two" together today. last night after i ate out i was commenting on how weird it was how sick, nauseated, and crampy i felt. it was strange because i chose such healthy food. well, i read the stories on here, and called the restaurant. sure enough, they use latex. i had NO IDEA the danger i was in... I am a health conscious mom of two girls...that i not only want to be around for years from now, but i want to be healthy and i make a lot of choices to make sure that happens. Then to find out people are endangering me, a mother of two young girls, and many other valuable lives just because it's a cheaper alternative? what? this has got to be a joke. I thought i was lucky that it's not a peanut allergy, but i was ignorant at HOW much this problem crosses over into both allergies. this is about convienience in packaging, producing, and being cheap. it reminds me of the transfat dilema that we just went through in this country that millions of people still suffer from...and that we are all paying for financially. HORRIBLE. thank you for this petition. This will save lives if it works.


eileen trenullo: lincoln, ca


I was diagnosed at age 12 after wearing keds sneakers all day to school.Rashes itching and blisters sent me to local doctor and then to a specialist to diagnose latex/rubber allergy.Shoes ,sunscreens,ascorbic acid ,skin products containing fruit additives,elastics,fruits that are acidic,are all problems.Dental and medical appointments are scary,they don"t read my chart.Many items could be labeled,like shoes? Until then I was thinking maybe a tattoo on my forhead??? Thank you for this site,it helps.


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!


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