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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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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.

 

morris levy: campbell, ca

Allergic

MY STORY IS ALREADY ON YOUR WEBSITE

 

Kari Kraus: San Antonio, TX

Allergic

How about no Latex in schools? doesnt my child have a right to public education without Balloons, Latex Gloves, condoms, any many many more?

 

Lorraine Eivazi: 4 Willow St, NY

Allergic

was diagnosed in 1998 battle Workers comp in NY for three years and it took 5 year to get SSD I' unable to vacation with my family or go to many affairs including wedding etc. Restaurants have to be cleared that they are latex free as well as hotel chains furniture may contain rubber or latex basically I'm a prisoner in my own home much to chagrin of my husband who is now retired and stuck with a wife who can't go anywhere without extensive research including restaurants airlines hotels etc even my grandchildren have to be without balloons at their parties Mylar ones now availble thankfully have become debilitated with muscle spasm and joint pain Life is not what I expected at this point in my life

 

morris levy: campbell, ca

Allergic

I have been allergic to latex rubber, plastic, nylon, and all petroleum based products, itd been hell for the last 3 years. as soon as i touch these products I get immediate reaction,closing of throat,watery burning eyes.when I walk on plastic floorsor on top of asphalt. i get real dizzy and collaps on the floor,my whole body aches in pain all the timeI just can not cope anymore,morris

 

Jennifer Juenger: Minot, ND

Allergic

I wasn't always allergic to latex, and in fact never had any symptoms until about 10 years ago. It started with kidney problems. A genetic issue, that caused me to have surgery to correct, alerted my doctor, due to a rash and some swelling experienced from latex tubing used for my IV. Then, onions started bothering me. The smell locks up my breathing and causes coughing and light-headedness. Another year, and it was cucumbers, bananas, melons of all sorts. Just the smell sends me into anaphylaxis. Coughing, shortness of breath, and overwhelming exhaustion would send me to bed for hours. This caused me to have to lose out on work hours. Going to restaurants is like sitting in the middle of a minefield, just praying that no one near me orders anything with onions or cucumbers on it. I special order salads, to make sure there are no melons, onions, or cucumbers put in them.And it's difficult to get anyone to understand that my latex allergy is so severe. I try to liken it to children's peanut allergies. The fact that it could actually kill me just doesn't seem to click with most people until I tell them about my emergency EPI pen, and show them where it is, just in case they have to save my life someday. When you can't make people understand that no, you can't take a pill, or get a shot to cure this, or even control it- it's so frustrating I could scream. The only answer is to stay away from it. Every exposure makes the allergic reactions worse. Even if it's only a tiny change, all the changes eventually add up. And someday, it could actually end my life. I don't want to die because someone wanted to have cucumbers or onions in their salad, or melons or bananas for dessert. I don't want to die because of allergies.

 

Sandra Patterson: Mobile, AL

My son was born at 25 weeks. He has Spina Bifida, and Type 1 Latex allergy. He's had a very rough start. Please help us make the world a safe place for him to live in.

 

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