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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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Dorothea Guzman: Northlake, IL

Allergic

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

Allergic

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

Allergic

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.

 

JO DWOBENG: PHILA., PA

Allergic

AFTER BEING ADMITTED FOR PNEUMONIA. THE STAFF THEN CAUSED ME TO HAVE A LATEX REACTION ON MY WAY TO A TEST THE HIVES AND BREATHING PROBLEMS STARTED I TOLD THE STAFF I HAD LESS THAN 20 MIN. AFTER BEING TREATED I WAS SENT TO CARDIAC CARE WHERE THE NEXT DAY ON TWO DIFFERENT TIMES PEOPLE TRIED TO TOUCH ME AGAIN WITH LATEX THAT NIGHT AGAIN SOMEONE TRIED TO TOUCH ME WITH LATEX I FREAKED OUT IT WAS LATE ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS LEAVE I WAS SO AFRAID THEY WOULD KILL ME OH YEA YOU JUST SAID WHY DIDNT THEY KNOW I HAD AN ALLERGY WELL THERE WERE SIGNS EVERYWHERE ON THE DOOR THE BED ON MY ARM ON MY CHART I WANTED TO SIGN OUT AMA BUT I REALLY COULD NOT BREATH I AM TO AFRAID TO GET PROPER MEDICAL CARE

 

Leslye Joseph: Redding, CA

Allergic

to sick from a recent reaction to go iinto this

 

Katie Elsea: Iowa City, Iowa

Allergic

I have a sensitivity to latex not a full blown allergy. My mother has an allergy so bad that she has anaphylaxis and cant eat at certain resterants. I would like to see an end to latex products throughout the world. I would like people to become more educated about the dangers of latex exposure. Thanks

 

Carmen Scherich: Lake Stevens, Washington

Eliminating the manufacture and distribution of latex products will prevent un-knowing employees, potential un-caring employers, and all consumers from experiencing eventual death by latex allergy. There can not be any excuse for choosing to sell,buy and use latex products.

 

Mona Griffin: Southfield, MI

Allergic

I have removed all carpeting and upholstery from my home because of the latex in these poducts. I have found a place to buy latex free clothing (very limited selection). Life is challenging. For the most part I have to stay in every-other day. I have a mild spina bifida but the latex allergy that is a result of this is rather severe.

 

Roxanne Gewalt: Sardis City, AL

Allergic

I thought I was dying.Developed asthma, terrible sinus allergies, strange rashes and felt terrible all the time. Got sick everywhere I went. I changed jobs and my supervisor was NRLA and saved my life.Thought I was allergic to the powder. I have had three serious(seek medical attention in ER or hospital and hope no one kills me w/latex).Live on Benadryl.Was denied diability. Took three years to get and financial disaster in the mean time. I rarely travel.Seldom shop alone. I have worked with local stores to become latex safer. I also work with churches, restraunts-sometimes with success,schools and anybody else that uses latex. I teach NRLA prevention. I learned to stand up for myself and youngest child who also reacts to latex exposure.Try explainging to people why those pretty balloons could kill you. How proteins are transferred in kitchens and contaminates everything.Been ridiculed, laughed at and told not to come. People have rolled their eyes and been untruthful. I have been told that other children should not get to have balloons just because of my little girl. Everyday thins people take for granted like simple act of running in a store for something all have the potential of killing. Having this allergy is an awful burden, but it is nothing in comparison to guilt for passing it on to my daughter. I nursed for 15 years, started reacting in the early nineties and made it until 2001. Left home health because thought was too old and had taken a hospital job. The day before I was to start, I called and found out had not been medically cleared-this hospital does an in depth latex allergy screen and would not clear me to work. They also lost those results and could not produce any information when I applied for disability. I looked for work in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.I have a BSN and years of experience that are useless now. I have a wonderful allergist and a good support system. I can't imagine dealing with this condition without them.

 

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