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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charles ronk jr.: toms river, new jersey

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A Ewing: Nashville, TN


Prior to 2006, I had no allergies and enjoyed decorating my house by changing wallpaper, floor, etc and helping dad/husband with various projects. Yet In 2006 at former software firm which I had worked, was exposed to approx 1 month of paint fumes and carpet glue while our office remodeled a Skyrise building with no way to opening windows and no ventilation. One day, I could not breath and my throat swelled shut. Since that time period, I had experienced ongiong hives, lip swelling and once again another throat swelling incident on a new job due to fire dept using exterminator. In 2007 to April 9, 2008 - During my workers comp doctor visits with PCP, ENT, they gave me prednisone shots and pills along with histamine blockers. No diagnose given. They were puzzled. Recently 2 years later, as of April 10. 2008, I've been diagnosed by an allergist and finally my PCP as having angiodema allergic reactions to Latex. It's now too late to even pursue a lawsuit against the previous employer. Due to only have 30 days to file a workers comp lawsuit. Now I walk around suffering from something caused by a previous employer and possibly in near future will need disability. How unfair can the world be??


Lisa Santucci: Chicagi, IL


When I worked at a doctor's office as a receptionist, the doctor's wife who was a nurse and assisted in surgeries said that she wanted to train me to assist in surgeries as well. I told her I was allergic to latex, and she said, "Oh, never mind then because we're not switching to non-latex. You'll just work the desk at all times." At another job I had as an aide in a day care center, when the owner found out I was allergic to latex he did not look happy, because I was hired to work in the infant room where latex gloves were usued when changing diapers. He told me I should be "disqualified" as an employee, but then placed me in a preschool classroom where the gloves only used for first aid. He said he would purchase a box of latex free gloves so that I would be able to assist in first aid if a child got severely hurt, but I never saw that box until four months later. Employers really should be more sensitive to their employees who have latex allergy and make the effort to obtain latex free gloves. It is not fair to make someone feel that they are not qualified for a position because of something that they cannot control, such as latex allergy.


Jessica Espejo: Waiohinu, Hawaii


I have a severe and life threating latex allergy. I got this allergy from working in the Hospital and they also terminated me. I can't find work and my Doctor dosen't want me to work. After this allergy I was also, allergic too, potato, carrots, banana, avocado, tomato and Kiwi. This is a hard life to live. I have too change everything in my life and it's not fair at all.


cindy mansfield: naperville, il


i'm latex seneitive, so are both of my daughters. my oldest got braces and we told her doc she was allergic to latex. he didn't take it seriously. my daughter started getting dizzy,nausea, and blacking out several times a day. after seeing 7 specialists we saw a chinese medicine who said it was the latex bands on her braces. after researching and learning the doc lied about latex in the bands, we had them removed. she felt great! since that time anytime she eats a latex related food or goes anywhere there has been latex, she passes out. she missed most of her freshman year of school because of passing out at school regularly. they have worked with us and she now only goes in certain rooms of the school. carnival cruise didn't tell the truth about the ship and had to turn around and bring us back after my daughter reacted within 11/2 hours of boarding the ship. she can't go to hotels, restaurants, shopping, bowling, skating,or any place their might have been latex. hopefully, things will improve with this becomming more common. thanks for starting this site.


Veronica Castellana: Tampa, Florida


My mother was allergic to latex, my father is allergic to latex and I am allergic to latex. I have a hypersensitivity which is the highest form of the allergy. It starts with a sensitivity, then an allergy and then if you make it that far in life, a hypersensitivity. Exposure to latex is what makes it worse. If we all band together to get rid of latex by collecting signatures and stories, we can get rid of latex in our restaurants, hotels, homes, products, GYMS, our children's playgrounds, and many other places including hospitals. I have not been able to walk into a hospital for fear of having a reaction again. This disease is very hard to live with. It is easy to change the world, we just need to actually want to do it. Let's band together now and get it done! Thank you Ryan for making this Web site for me and for others with this disease. My full story is on a different section of this site. Let me know what you think.


Dorothea Guzman: Northlake, IL


I first found out I was allergic to Latex when I was in a dentist's office. I had a root canal done which infected and I had to go back daily to get it lavaged. One day, immediately after treatment, my jaw and neck started to itch and when I rubbed them became very red. Then my nose began to discharge and my throat became scratchy. I was at the receptionist desk at the time. She noticed what was happening to me and got the dentist. He said to call 911. Then it was becoming difficult to breathe. I was taken to the nearest ER and treated for allergic reaction. Later I had a Latex allergy blood test and it revealed moderate to severe sensitivity.


Heather Hurlock: Camden, IN

My daughter started having odd allergic reactions around the age of three. We went through two years of testing to be told she was allergic to "nothing". Yet the doctors could SEE it with their own eyes - she tested negative. They put her on allergy meds and steroids to take the inflammation down. She had been SO good at the hospital once that on the way home I bought her a balloon kit. Well, mystery solved. Within 30 minutes the ambulance was at our house. Her face and throat swelled nearly shut. We are really fortunate that her school takes this very seriously and our hospital and doctors have kept her very safe. We also have a lot of restaurants that we can eat at. It saddens me to see people in other parts of this county don't get this same treatment. My daughters school even dumped all latex supplies and replaced them with non latex ones. Donated all balls to another school and bought PVC ones for ours. I never realize just how lucky we were until reading this site. I'm so sorry for you all.


Sheena Graham: West Haven, Connecticut


4 years ago this was my description:I'm a 43 year old female public school teacher diagnosed 3 yrs ago. I do not have to touch items with latex/rubber in them, I simply have to breathe the air they pass through and I can have an anaphylaxis reaction and die. The worse offenders are latex balloons and gloves. Bowling alleys, malls, car dealerships, etc...all part of my past. Everyday items have become a threat and its getting worse. I became this way by having surgery, (2 c-sections and tumors removed twice!) Taking my children to the doctor literally makes me sick. It has been a mind boggling 3 years. Reactions for me begain as hives, welts, runny nose, sneezing, itching and swelling AND progressed rapidly to anaphylaxis. I've searched the archives of Oprah, Dr. Phill and numerous others. No one talks about this. The medical field created me and seems to have no solution for me. This illness is tearing my family apart. Simple events are a challenge. My 6 year old has decided life is not worth living anymore (balloons were in his school one day and I had a reaction to what was in his clothing!)Frustration and change of lifestyle has added tremendous physical weight to everyone. My husband does not understand. My FAITH in God is ALL that is keeping me alive. UPDATE: My husband has been gone since 11-06, my children are with me. I am fighting to keep my job due to an administrator who does not understand the allergy and is not willing to accomodate me. I have a monthly bill for a medical alert service in case I stop breathing. I have developed environmental allergies. Rather than lose my mind completely, I pray,write and do creative presentations to promote latex allergy awareness. If I can be of service or support to anyone out there, feel free to contact me: sheeniquek@comcast.net


Andrea Riddell: Nicholasville, Kentucky


I am highly allergic to latex. I can no longer attend school on campus due to it. I had to quit working due to latex in the building, balloons at orientations and the carpets or plants that can cause cross reactions. I have now developed cross-reactive food allergies. I can no longer eat tomatoes, bananas and the like. I can not eat most prepared frozen foods due to cross contamination in the processing of the foods, latex glove use. Gloves and rubber bands actually burn blisters on my skin when I come in contact. This is a 100% preventable allergy and it is frustrating that the public isn't as cooperative when it comes to this type of allergy as they are with peanut allergies and the like. This allergy is going to effect more and more people until others take it seriously.


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