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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, 181 people have submitted stories or comments.

 

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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

 

michele wyllie: Babylon, NY

Allergic

I have a latex free dentist in Smithtown NY. She is great, no latex at all in office. My teenagers even like going there! You can call and talk to her her website is www.drglazerdds.com I am traveling to Ft Lauderdale in 2 weeks Any body know any latex free restaurants down there?? Email me Thanks Michele Wyllie NY maud496@aol.com

 

Susan McCormack: Colorado Springs, Co

Allergic

My Latex allergy was first found six years ago at the Dentist office when latex gloves were used when cleaning my teeth. My lip began to swell. It has only gotten worse sence then. I have to avoid balloons and any store that sells them blown up. It has changed my life in many ways. Not able to eat with my friends at alot of the restraunts in town. It is very hard to travel because I never now if there is a place I can eat at.

 

Julie Morris: Taylor, AR

Allergic

I have been a nurse since 1992. I have worked in hospitals, ambulances services and as a school nurse. At one time, I worked at a hospital, ambulance service and was the school nurse. I began to get sores on my hands from the gloves in 2000. I knew it was the gloves but had to continue using them. In 2003 I began having anaphylaxis from just being in the room with Latex of any kind. I was "let go" from my job in 2004 and have suffered financial problems as a result. I have continued nursing in home health settings where I can "control" my environment and have since gone back to work in small rural hospital where everyone is very conscientious about my allergy as we have several employees who are allergic. We have since gone latex free. There are still "dangers" that we are trying to get rid of such as the vial stoppers in some meds. I sitll have a problem going to hotels and restaurants and people are rude and don't understand. They get offensive when asked if they use latex and even more offensive when asked to see the box to make sure of any questions if it's latex. Some people assume all gloves are latex. I wish latex was outlawed in all states.

 

Julie Kelly: st augustine, FLORIDA

Allergic

I dont know for sure I am allergic but I definatly have "something" I began working out with some latex Yoga bands given to me as a gift. About 7-10 min after the workout was over my eyes were on fire, I rinsed them out and felt better but all night my joints hurt and felt swollen my back hurt and I had thobbing in my legs. Even after several washings I still smelled the acrid latex smell on my hands but I was not aware it was what had caused the problem and thought maybe some other chemical from the bands (because they felt kind of powdery) so I washed the bands too. o.k,. Next day (today) same exact thing happened I worked out and the same burning eyes and now I am experiancing the same arthritis feeling in my joints only worse, a little stuffy in the head but not severe and a small burning in my throat, but worst is my knuckles wrists elbows hurt so much I can hardly type and my knee and whole right leg throbbing. I am getting rid of the bands right now, and searched the internet for answers, This has me wondering about latex after seeing the increase in reaction from one day to next and how it will affect me in the future ... pretty scary stuff! does it get worse each time?

 

Elizabeth Plourde: Irvine, CA

Allergic

Acute mercury poisoning from dental fillings led within hours to my having environmental illness and extreme latex allergy. Only 20 minutes of a latex band-aid leads to a month of my skin oozing and weeping. I cannot find shoes, especially tennis shoes as my feet feel like they are on fire within 5 minutes of putting on shoes that have latex. I look at the gloves restaurant workers are wearing and ask for food prepared without them, or leave the restaurant as I will not risk ingesting it. I wear gloves when working out at the gym as the latex hand grips make my hands itch.

 

S Bates: Pleasant Hill, Missouri

Allergic

I've needed a root canal for 1 yr. & now I'm needing another. In so much pain. Every endo I call uses some form of latex, whether it be gutta percha(to fill root canal)or rubber stops on the endo file. I was actually told these tools are only made with rubber stops & they will remove them & wipe them down with alcohol as if that will remove all latex. I had decided I would just have these 2 teeth pulled but can't even find an oral surgeon that is latex-free. I was told so many times that "they are latex-free because they don't use latex gloves". I have had 2 reactions(ER visit) just by going to the dentist, once from tubing lying across my neck. Another from rubber apron for x-rays or from bitewing tabs, not sure. He was supposed to be latex-free. Prob. had 7 ER visits in the last 10 yrs. I am so desperate, just don't know what to do!!! Why won't someone help us? Watch out for latex dog toys! My son who was 3 at the time was squeaking in my face & less than an hr later I was in the ER, barely able to breath. Please, let's get something done about this! No one deserves this!

 

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