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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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Brenna Watkins: Waldorf, MD

Allergic

I found out I was allergic to latex after I enlist in the Air Force in 2006. I went to tech school to become a medical tech. That is the first time I had a reaction to Latex. We were learn how to put on sterile gloves and I swelled up and had a hard time breathing. Fast forward to 2008. I worked in Labor and Delivery. It was supposed to be a latex free unit but on Nov 18, 2008; I was in the middle of preforming a c-section when I came in contact with latex. I went into anaphylaxis. After thinking the worst was over I had a delayed reaction and had to life flighted to another hospital and put in a coma. Once I awoke I coded yet again. That was the last time I worked in the hospital. I had no reaction up until the 28th of April. A housekeeper came into my office and had latex gloves in his pocket. I went into anaphylaxis again. This was the second time I had to be life flighted to the hospital and put on life support to breath. I am no longer allowed to work and the Air Force is trying to kick me out because of my latex allergy. I have lost everything because of my allergy to latex. Something that only gets worse and no way to cure it.

 

Nicholas Capobianco RN: Tampa, Florida

i work with several nurses who after 20-30yrs of exposure have developed a Latex allergy. It is not pretty and it won't stop, ameorilate, or go away.

 

Sylvia Williams: Destin, Florida

Allergic

I am a nurse that stop working in hospitals due to latex allergy. My hands would itch and turn red after using latex gloves. It was not until later that I discovered when people around me used powdered latex gloves I would sneeze and my eyes would itch. The dentist used latex gloves and my lip and face swelled. I am uncertain if eating in a restaurant has caused me problems. I still question once after eating at Grande Laredo, it was several hours and I had a strange feeling suddenly come over me,I could breathe but I felt panicky because I did not know what was happening. I would like to see latex gloves banned from all food establishments and all powdered latex removed from hospitals. The best solution would be to banned latex gloves completely. The more someone is exposed to latex the increase chance of them developing a latex allergy. Law suits are increasing against latex use. Hospitals and restaurants could save money by switching now to latex free gloves. Sincerely, Sylvia Williams Destin Florida

 

JoEllen Fipps: Wadesboro, NC

Allergic

I'm sensitive to latex. The latex clothing labels that are stamped in most of the clothes being sold now cause a bad dermatitis reaction on my skin. I bought a bra and didn't realize it had a stamped latex label and now I have a very bad place on my back. It's similar to a burn. I'm so tired of this!! Can't someone stop them from putting those labels in clothes?

 

Derrick Armstrong: Hayden, alabama

Allergic

I am 13 yr. old middle school student and I have a latex allergy. I carry an epi-pen with me and take allergy meds everyday. Going to school,out to eat, doctors, dentist, grocery store, mall or my friends birthday parties has always been a challenge. I don't have to touch latex just get close to it. My school doesn't take it very serious and I have alot of trouble there. I have always had problems getting shots when I was little that after one of them when I was almost 2 I stopped breathing. The doctors didn't figure out what was causing all my problems till the first time I went to the dentist office. Then I was sent to an allergiest. My family and I avoid going anywhere that we know they have ballons.

 

Teri Armstrong: Hayden, Alabama

My son is allergic to latex. We carry epi-pens with us. Anywhere we go we have to be on the alert. A trip out to the store, can turn into a trip to the ER very fast.

 

STEPHANIE KARMONICK: HAZLETON, PA.

Allergic

IN THE EARLY 80'S I WAS IN THE OPERATING ROOM WHEN THE DR'S HAD TO STOP BECAUSE I NEARLY DIED. MY BLOOD PRESSURE WAS VERY VERY LOW. I NEVER DID GET THE PROCEDURE DONE.THE DR'S WERE USING LATEX GLOVES AND WERE RIGHT INSIDE OF MY STOMACH. IT IS RECORDED IN ALL MY RECORDS AND HOSPITALS. TILL TODAY I HAVE TO REMIND THEM FOR ANYTHING THEY DO BECAUSE THEY DON'T LOOK AT MY RECORDS. I KEEP AN EPI-PEN ON HAND ALWAYS.

 

Gary Shultz: South Milwaukee, WI

My sister is highly allergic to latex. She has to hospitalized with anapolatic(sp) shock at least 5 times a year. The one incident that stands out in my mind is a family trip to an Italian national eatery. On this trip we called ahead to verify that they did not use latex, we re verified it with the manager upon entering the restaurant. We felt relatively safe ordering. After my sister's first bite she started to have a reaction. We asked again about latex, and where told that they did not use latex. We got her outside and had to call 911 ourselves. When the 2 squads arrived, 3 of the 5 EMT's had latex allergies. After 14 day's in ICU, she made a full recovery. MY caution to all readers is do not take the safe list on this website as gospel. This resterant was on the list.

 

Aaron Shawver: Bluefield, Virginia

Allergic

I worked 20 plus years at a hospital and become extremely allergict to latex. I started out with severe cracking and bleeding of my hands, it then however progressed into severe breathing as well. I was off on workers compensation and they refused the type of medical treatment that my Doctor prescribed,as a result I became much sicker and now I am currently disabled. I have to wath where I eat or what I eat. Sometimes the packaging that the product is in also causes breathing problems. I was at a local Taco Bell Restaurant and while I was eating I started having an anaphylactic episode. I went to the counter and asked the gilr if those were latex gloves they were wearing. She informed me that it was. Wow how the public needs to be informed and hospitals need to find alternative types of gloves. I am angered as well that workers compensation denied me treatment and as a result I lost my job of nearly 26 years.

 

Dinah Williams: Boaz, Alabama

Allergic

I have been an RN for only 10 years. I began to show s/s of allergy in my 3rd year. Now, I'm a catagory 2.5, which isn't bad but not good either. They tell me I won't get "better". I cannot eat foods like: banana's, kiwi, avacado's, grapes, oranges, and apples. There are more, but less severe than the ones I just mentioned. I too, cannot go into a tire store, department stores that sell rubber soled shoes, or even walk by the automotive department in some stores. I can still wear clothing that contain elastic if it's covered. I too, have to take my pillow with me on vacation. I too have to call restaurants especially when out of town to see if they use Latex gloves. They are cheaper, so they use them instead of Nitrile or vinyl. Usually hotels have the latex ones. Even worse, I am now allergic to pet dander, several outdoors things, perfumes, etc... My life has changed quite a bit. If you think you have even a sensitivity to latex, please get tested. It's a blood test, small and simple. It could save your life. Get a medic alert bracelet and an epi- pen as well. Good luck! ~ Dinah

 

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