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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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bobbie jones: forest city, north carolina

Allergic

I HAVE A SEVERE LATEX ALLERGY.I HAVE HAD TO CHANGE CAREERS, AND IVE BEEN TO THE HOSPITAL 3 TIMES THIS YEAR DUE TO LATEX ALLERGY.THE PEOPLE AT THE HOSPITAL ACT LIKE IT IS NOTHING. MY DOCTOR HAS ALREADY SAID ITS MESSED MY RESPIRTORY SYSTOM UP 20%.

 

Malory Murphy: waterloo, iowa

Allergic

I have never had any allergies, but when I started at Red Lobster (which all they have is latex gloves) I started to break out in hives, and itch like crazy. It got so bad you could see the top layer of skin on my hands was gone. After 4 months of this I went to a dr who said it was a latex allergy and gave me a note to give to red Lobster about the gloves. Well I was told I would have to buy and bring them with me and take them home. Well lets just say I quit and will never eat at ANY Red Lobster. They have latex gloves, both their are either powder or non-powder. So if you plan on eating at one, bring your own since they don't think they need to have latex free for their employees or for the customers.

 

james klemp: Olympia, WA

Allergic

7 yrs in prominent hosptial all of them using ansell #128 w/powder. Have had hives, itching, sinus drains, sores that have not gone away, severe upper resp distress, uncontrolled coughing fits, wheezing. Hospital denies any responsibility, will lose job, no L&I. Can't win fight against 2 billion dollar system in workers comp state unsympathetic to workers injuries.

 

Donald Cooper: Sebring, FL

Allergic

I had latex balloons in my car for 15 min. By the time I reached my destination I was getting short of breath. about 6 months later I was at the hospital where Iwork when the were having a grand opening and had Latex baloons everywhere. I had to walk out within 30 seconds and inject epinephrine because I was getting very short of breath. And now When I am in working around Docs that use latex. I get short of breath and it gets even worse when I get a strong breath. This is why I keep an Epi pen with me at all times.

 

Marc Borge: Meadow Vista, ca

I am a former Professional Chef, I have been in and around the restaurant business all of my life, and I did use Latex! My girlfriend who is a nurse, developed the severe allergy while working in operating rooms. She now works as an advice nurse. Due to my business, we dine out very often, and most restaurants on first response think the right answer is yes they use gloves. most chefs are not aware that there are different types of gloves. I always insist on seeing the box, and when the manager says we use latex so that I stop bothering them I ask for the chef, if it is a conscience kitchen then they can make modifications to her food. I am in the Northern California, and even cities like San Francisco it is difficult. I have heard that Hawaii is also latex free in restaurants.

 

Carrol Graves: Chiefland, FL

Allergic

I have been a critical care RN since 1981. In the mid 1990's I developed an allergy to latex. At one point, I would have to submit a note from a physician in order to have non latex gloves made available to me (the are more expensive than latex or at least were at the time). Recently, I went to the cafeteria where I work. One time I asked if the food server would change into non latex gloves so they could make a sub for me. They refused so I left. Another time, the food server did not have latex gloves on so I ordered a hamburger. She passed my food to another food server, who had on latex gloves and they proceeded to add the tomatoes, pickles and onions to my hamburger. I promptly removed them and thought I would be OK. Within 15 minutes of eating the hamburger, my eyes and face were itching. At that time I went to the employee health clinic and had to be treated. Those that do not understand the consequences and impact of latex allergies need to be educated. They need to understand that we are not trying to be difficult, but that it can be a matter of life or death for some.

 

Ryan Sanchez: Tampa, FL

I created this site for Veronica, my girlfriend. She has suffered from severe allergic reactions to latex. To keep her healthy we have to avoid Latex as much as possible. To help her avoid latex, I have to avoid Latex. We don't eat at any restaurant that uses Latex gloves. We can't go to any hospital or medical care center. Unfortunately, we are not the only ones who deal with this on a daily basis. We work with a lot of nurses and many of them have the same reactions to Latex. We would like for Latex to be regulated so that any restaurant using Latex gloves in the US has to pay a fine. That requires the Departments of Health in each state to put rules in place and enforce them. We would also like to have Latex removed from medical care centers so that EVERYONE can get sufficient medical care. Please support our case by signing our petition and making your voice heard. If you are allergic, please submit your story on the petition page.

 

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