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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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Mary Catherine Gennaro: Plymouth, NH

Allergic

I developed my allergy while at work in 1993. In retrospect I had the allergy in a milder form for 2 years before I had my severe reaction. It started as rash on my hands and then progressed to hives and on to angioedema, hives and shortness of breath while wearing latex gloves at work. I had no idea that the latex would transfer to my food. I started to have diarrhea and severe stomach cramps after eating at restaurants. The reaction got worse every time. In spite of being in the medical profession I learned about the food allergy through Cooking Light Magazine. I cannot eat at restaurants that use Latex gloves and I cannot go to offices or work in offices that use Latex gloves I will react to the airborne proteins.I am trying to get the use of latex gloves in food service banned in NH. I am working with a state rep and will hopefully have a bill to put forward next session.

 

Michael Dochniak: Coralville, iowa

Allergic

A time of anticipated celebration, a time of joy as brightly colored party balloons, wrapped gifts, paper plates, and inscribed napkins decorated picnic tables for family and friends gathered to share vanilla-frosted cake at Dain‘s 2nd birthday. Dain playfully mouthed an inflated natural-latex balloon while others cheerfully watched and sang happy birthday. Within the balloon was an invasive danger that would soon severely threaten and change his life forever. Shortly after playing with the balloon, Dain‘s health steadily regressed as his adaptive immune system recognized and attacked the natural-latex proteins that had transferred, through inhalation and dermal absorption, from the balloon and into his body.

 

Carolyn Mirek: South Windsor, CT

Allergic

I am disabled from my dental hygiene career due to life threatening latex allergy which keeps worsening. I can't eat anything touched by latex including packaged foods which use latex in their adhesives and many cross reactive foods.

 

Karen Grogan: Westlake Village , CA

Allergic

I have had to live as though I am in a bubble, the only treatment that is available is avoidance, which is extremely challenging. I have only a handful of places to eat out at and travel is not possible, or to difficult to enjoy, having to worry about where I can eat and where I can stay. Unfortunately my children suffer as well from my bubble due to my allergy. Now I need medical attention and there does not seem to be a latex free or any latex safe facilities! What am I to do? Why use Latex with foods or in medical facilities, when there is safer alternatives. I have also learned the pharmaceutical and supplements/factories use Latex with there products/drugs…that these products are not necessary Latex free. I had just learned (the hard way) that Nature Made uses Latex with there products. Now how do I find the Iron supplements that I desperately need, that are Latex free/safe? If the company uses Latex they should have to label it so. There should be warnings on anything ingested,informing consumers if there is Latex contamination. Latex should not have any contact or touch any thing that is ingested. From Farming grounds to Factories, and then Restaurants to consumers need to be latex safe. There needs to be fines for endangering consumers with Latex, having contact with food and any product that is ingesting. How do we scream loud enough to make this happen? How do we get protection and get to live our life? Is it just ignorance or selfishness, laziness or uncompasisionate or just down right pathetic that this change has not happened yet.

 

Catherine Ward: GOODYEAR, AZ

Allergic

I discovered my latex allergy after buying an natural latex rubber mattress. I can't even tolerate smelling it and still react to it even though it is in my garage while I'm trying to sell it. It causes itching/welts, asthma, hay fever-like symptoms and terrible fatigue when I'm exposed to it. In spite of severe reactions to the NRL bed and other rubber, I tested negative for latex allergy.

 

Jennifer Joiner: Atlanta, GA

Allergic

My son was three months old when we found out about his allergy to latex. The second day of daycare I picked him up to find he had handprints anywhere the caretakers touched him with latex gloves. In one way we were lucky to have such a clear indicator. At the time it was 1990 and you couldn’t find non-latex gloves just anywhere. I had to search out medical supply companies and purchase them as an alternative for my son. Also, because of his reaction, I realized that I also had a latex sensitivity. Things that had happened to me were starting to make sense. We quickly created a latex-free household. When my second son was born we had no idea if he had the latex allergy as well. He lived in a latex-free house and the daycare was now using latex-free items. It wasn’t until we went out of town and were in an outdoor amphitheater that we found out he was allergic; apparently they mix in shredded tires to make the turf softer. I have spent hour after hour on the phone with different companies trying to find out if their product/s contain latex. Imagine having to tell your young child that he cannot have or even look closely at a toy that he gets for his birthday. I had to make sure it was latex-free before I gave it to him. Both of my boys have 504-plans to help keep them safe while in school. As a teacher myself, I find it difficult to keep my classroom latex-free. One of the best things that could happen for the 3 million people that suffer from latex allergies would be for companies to be required to indicate on the label if they contain Natural Rubber Latex. Please. There is no cure for latex allergies. Avoidance is the best we can do.

 

DARLEEN STRATHY: MIDLOTHIAN, VA

Allergic

AFTER A ROUND OF THAT BACTRIM I STARTED NOTICING THIS PROBLEM THAT JUST DOESN'T WANT TO GO AWAY. NONE OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS BECAUSE I DO NOT USE ANY GLOVES RIGHT NOW......I KEEP MY SKIN OPEN TO AIR UNTIL THIS GARBAGE SUBSIDES THAT IS INVADING THE TOPS OF MY HANDS, WRISTS, AND UP MY ARMS TO THE ELBOW. I DID COMPLETE A ROUND OF BACTRIM AND THEN KEPT GOING WITH CARE OF A SPECIAL NEEDS YOUNG MAN AND HIS SPECIAL NEEDS SISTER BOTH ADOPTED FROM DIFFERENT FAMILIES. I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING TO DRY IT OUT AND GET IT TO LEAVE ME ALONE, BUT THE MORE I DO THE MORE IT SPREADS. I NEED TO FIND THE RIGHT PRODUCTS TO ELEVATE THE SITUATION I AM CURRENTLY FACING! I HAVE USED HYDROCORTIZONE CREAMS, YEAST INFECTION CREAMS, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, LISTERINE, CLOROX, PAUL MITCHELL ANTIBACTERIAL HAND SOAP/EXFOLIATING HAND SOAP BAR, NEOSPORIN, ALOE VERA GEL, ANTIBACTERIAL HAND GELS, OIL OF OLAY EXFOLIATING HAND WIPES PREMOISTENED/GENTLE EXFOLIATING HAND WIPES NON-PREMOISTENED, LACHYRIN CREAM, EPSOM SALT SOAKS, CALOMINE LOTION. IT'S DRY DRY DRY WHICH IS BETTER THAN INFLAMED AND PUFFY, BUT NONE OF IT IS GOOD REALLY.......SO DRY THAT IT LOOKS LIKE MY SKIN IS GONNA FALL OFF OF MY HANDS AND ARMS, BUT IT SEEMS TO RETURN BACK TO RED PUFFY AND INFLAMED OR IT DID?! WHAT CAN I DO NOW?! I AM ALL OUT OF IDEAS EXCEPT FOR GOING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND INCURRING A GIGANTIC MEDICAL BILL WHICH IS NOT POSSIBLE. NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET.....PLEASE HELP!

 

Annna McKee: Massillon, Ohio

Allergic

Fighting a latex allergy at my new job and this doc doesn't seem to care. And because I don't get the rash as bad no one seems to think the allergy is real. But the swelling tongue and the sand paper like feelong i get on it and my gums it is real and it is difficult to fuction.

 

karen visser: tuscumbia, mo.

Allergic

I found out I had a allergies after i had my daughter when Iwent back to work i could not were the gloves no more. Well the next time I had a problem was when I was having my oldest sons b-day i started to blow up a balloon my lips swoll so big I took bendryl it helped.its getting worse i cant even be in the same room with them and other people dont understand like tonight i couldnt even watch my step granddaughter open her b-day presents because there was balloons and noone cares about other people

 

Anne Marie Jacintho: Kula, Hawaii

Allergic

my daugher has the latex allergy since 2 years old first reaction after dental appt a few red spots,second dental visit more hives,third office visit developed hives everywhere the dentist touched a hive hand print we informed all her school provided latex allergy information from the american latex allergy association site, and latex free gloves, latex free rubber bands, principal thought we were over protective parents until she had a reaction from a pencil gripper and developed hives. As she has gotten older the reactions are more severe requiring the carrying of a epi pen. recent latex dealing with her orthodontist,he had been treating her since she was 8yrs old he said her allergy not a problem. Each visit had to remind staff, she had three allergy episodes one the staff using latex gloves second reaction from the residue on the orthodontist after he treated her,she could smell it on him as he was working on her mouth. had her allergist write a letter to him explaining the seriousness of the allergy he used latex free on my daughter but cross contaminated causing her to have a severe reaction,he goes from patient to patient using latex on the others then coming to my daughter wiping his hands with a anticeptic wipe puting on the latex free gloves after being treated by him she developed itchy eyes, throat irritation, gave benadryl had difficulty breathing and mouth started to swell took her directly to ER they treated her with prednisone. allergy symptoms persisted for 3 days needing benadryl. informed the orthodontist of reaction and ER visit he said he never heard of such a latex allergy and my daughter is just overly sensitive. we have since found a latex free orthodontist and transfered care to remove braces and use a invisalign retainer. checked with the manufacture invisalign is latex free.

 

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