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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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Kimberly Handley: Northville, MI

Allergic

At nearly 50 years old, I've been recently diagnosed with a Level IV Latex Allergy. I am officially a Medic Alert Bracelet wearing; EPI-Pen carrying (2 - in case the medics don't show before I get a second reaction) woman. I'm unable to shop in sporting goods stores or automotive stores/sections or even a store that specializes in undergarments because my throat swells. I've also found that MANY restaurants use LATEX. I have to call and ask them to read the glove box to me before I ever walk in the door. I can't wear cheap shoes with 'rubber' soles and have issues finding under garments that don't make me break out. I have been 'warned' to AVOID Balloons, due to the latex dust as well as all other latex products or products that contain latex. Tennis shoes are very difficult to locate as there are very few made of synthetic rubber. I have some minor food allergies (avocado, apple, celery, grapes, pineapple) that I have to watch out not to eat too much of them at once, or too many of them together. I've never had any of these until now. There are so many industries/people that have no idea how great impact latex has on those who have been sensitized to it.

 

Michele Wyllie: Babylon, NY

Allergic

I first noticed this allergy as a real health concern when I changed a central line dressing. There were latex gloves in the kit and apparently a piece of the powder landed in my eye. The eye swelled up and I was required to go to the ophalmologist immediately. Steroid orally and drops were ordered. It took a few days for my eye to return to normal. I have had breathing trouble and swelling of my throat from being in a room with balloons. This alergy has been part of my life for about 8 years now. I realized that I was getting stomach problems with severe cramping and nausea from dining out. I now know I can not eat at any restraurants that use latex gloves. It is extremely difficult in NYC and when traveling. I recently stayed in an Omni Hotel in Dallas for business but could not eat their food because they use latex gloves in the kitchen. I would love to see a list of restaurants that are latex free in LI NY.

 

megan lockwood: brattleboro, vt

Allergic

Both of my older sisters and I played with latex gloves as small children (our mother was a nurse and none of us knew the risk). All three of us girls now face countless allergies due to latex and cross latex allergies. all of us have been brought to the hospital in anaphalactic shock used countless epi-pens and dealt with any number of challenges. my number one message to others is avoid latex, especially in small children if you possibly can. It may take many years but the possible ramifications are at the worst lethal and best, highly resrtictive (elliminating all fruits and nuts from your diets)

 

Karen Shuster: avon, ohio

Allergic

My reaction to latex has been primarily after the use of latex gloves. Upon removal, my hands are red and will burn when I wash with soap. The next day small blisters are present and my hands are slightly swollen. The reaction will subside when away from work for a few days. This has forced my to change my practice as a critical care RN, I think before I perform nursing care. If the task does not expose me to large amounts of bodily fluid or hazardous material, I go COMMANDO- NO GLOVES and proceed to wash afterwards. Sorry JCAHO.

 

NORAH DAVIS: BLOEMFONTEIN, FREE STATE

Allergic

I ONLY 20 WHEN I STARTED HAVING SEX AND AFTER THAT I HAD VIGINAL INFECTIONS AND I WAS BURNING FOR SOME TIME THEN I USED THE ALLEGEX AND ANTI BIOTICS AS MY MEDICATION AND THEN THE PROBLEM JUST BECAME WORSE WHEN I HAD THE INTERCOUSE FOR THE SECOND TIME AND FROM THEN I REALISED THAT I HAD A PROBLE BUT FROM THEN I NEVER HAD ANY SEXUAL INTERCOUSE COZ I CANT BE USING LATEX CONDOMS.SINCE THERE IS NO CURE I STAYED AWAY FROM LATEX.

 

Joy Moreau: Lubbock, TX

Allergic

I have been a nurse since 1986 and did not realize the the redness on my hand was latex allergy. I just thought it was the soap or powder. The allergy started with mild reddness, then itiching of eyes then full anaphylaxis. It took several years to hit full anaphylixis, a week in ICU and a near death expirence was alarming for me and my family. I am now severely allergic to latex paint. Sounds simple but rarely do bussiness place notes that painting is occuring. I never can do to Lowes or home depot except on line. I now fear ballons, paint and gloves. My hospital is latex free and I wish i could make all hospitals latex free. I fear there will be many more like me.

 

Stacy Karr: Cleveland, OH

Allergic

While I hae been allergic to banana and avocado for over 20 years, I only became allergic to latex about three years ago. This was a direct result of a flood at my family business. The contamination and the cleanup left me sick for about 6 months. Since the cleanup involved sealing the drywall in the basement with a latex compound I have been unable to return to the business (which I started with my mom!) and have since found other employment. My latex allergy went from bad to life-threatening after eating a salad that had been prepared with powdered latex gloves. I now react to any trace of latex in food and proximity to natural rubber. Shoe shopping is a nightmare and kids with balloons scare me!

 

Mickele Hullaby: kansas city, missouri

Allergic

I have had a latex allergy for the past 5 years. I have very few skin allergy symptoms but I have a lot of food allergy symptoms i cant eat anything containing soy, coconut, bannanas, avacado, nuts, the list contains over 50 food items so going out to eat is very difficult just choosing something to eat then after eating still reacting because of the gloves they wore really sucks and most places wont accomidate by changing gloves.

 

kimberly orr: beaverton, oregon

Allergic

Im 30 years old & mother of 2 girls. I have had hypersensitivity since the age of ten {I was diagnosed @ 13} I didnt even know what it was @ that time neither did my parents until they randomly decided to test me @ shriners for a latex allergy. Mind you for 3 years prior I had braces & the dr used latex gloves & rubber bands in mouth. I spent most of my junior high years looking like I had a road rash on my face.And things just got worse as the years went on. In high school I got threatened numerous times B-cuz they took the balloons out & it was my fault.when I turned 18 I got a job & got fired b-cuz the new manager wouldnt take down the balloons she put up on every rack not just the sales racks like she was supposed to. Now I figure I cant eat anything b-cuz some idiot used latex gloves while packaging my food not to mention the food allergies I now have.Sorry If I seem a lil' jaded cuz I am I have had an uphill battle since birth with my disability and then this gets added to it. I would love to see the idiots on that damn hill get there heads outta there rears cuz lord knows none of them could deal with this if they had it with any hopes of keeping there sanity. I am usually a very positive person but when it comes to this topic I havent found any positives.I have always loved & used the saying "Adapt or die" with an allergy like this there is no adapting and you can die.

 

jan ronk: toms river, new jersey

Allergic

anyone who could use this product without thoughts to others is not a humanbeing it should be banned in all states transportation restaurants cruises ANYWHERE!!!!!!!!!! it is the new aids people!!! ban it entirely

 

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