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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morris levy: campbell, ca




Kari Kraus: San Antonio, TX


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


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


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


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.


Ericka Moe: Jacksonville, Florida


I am currently a student in a Occupational Therapy Assistant program, and it was not until 2 months into my program I found out that I had an latex allergy. I found this out the hard way, being in class with 20+ students stretching Thera Band. Thera Band is an elastic stretching band that many facilities such as Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy use which varies in color and strength.It took a little under 10 minutes before my first symptom of sniffling and runny nose occured, followed by an itchy mouth and tongue and itchy and swollen eyes. I was immediately sent home from school with strict orders to go the hospital. Three months later I had another run in with latex on campus, this time with a large balloon. Once again, all the symptoms from last time occured with an additonal symptom of being really hot and sweaty. Being that I will be going into the healthcare field, I thought that my only worry was latex gloves, and it was a bit comforting to know that there were many facilities here in Florida that uses Vinyl gloves and not latex. However, many facilities took one step of prevention and not the other being that Thera Band with latex is still being used. I was diagnosed with Type IV hypersensitivitym but from what I have experienced, it is just airborne. I dont have many issues with rubber toys or tires or rubberbands or even elastic waistebands, its mainly the powder. What concerns me furthur is that Thera Band (like many other latex roducts) can be ordered latex free, and it will do the same function. Just to make it through a day, I am just now finding an allergy medicine that "helps" and I take it everyday, an antihistamine nasal spray, another type of nasal spray, an inhaler, and I have a wear a medical alert bracelet, and I carry my epipen.


ann krull: palm desert, ca


I am a clinical laboratory scientist for 40 plus years...I have this very serious life threating allergy as well as an allergy to nitrile. No one believes this is a disease. There is no real freedom in life anymore...I do most shopping from home and little outside socalizing. Trips to the doctors offices are a challenge. My husband has many ailments that require weekly doctor or er visits. I find I can not accomplay him to these without great difficulty. While going to a ss dis exam today I was rushed by ambulance to the local er with a reaction including rapid pulse of 177. After chemical conversion the er doc said I was safer at home then in the ER even though protocol said I should be observed in CCU 2-3 days... I am having little success getting Ca workers comp or SS dis. I have given my life to the laboratory. No one will listen...It even took multiple episodes until my family finally said this is a real problem. I do not have the joy of playing with some of my grandchildrens toys..I find shopping impossible unless I go in like a ninja on a stealth shopping spree and then I spend the next day or two unable to function. I carry epi pens everywhere even walking to my mailbox a half a block from my house. I am basically a prisoner in my house and body.. I wish someone would stand up for us as we all know the epidemic is just around the corner. Many of us will die and the death certificate will not mention latex allergy. We are meerly statistics to the glove manufacturers. Even they state the percent of us affected is the cost of doing business. Well i am not a deductible cost of business. I hope we all do not die in vain. Sincerely, Ann Krull.MT(ASCP)


Elaine Still: Clifton Heights, PA


What about genetically modified foods? Any food or processed foods that has been genetically modified or contains a genetically modified food needs to labeled including fresh fruits and vegetables. GM foods are injected with a latex protein. So besides restaurants using latex gloves, you also have to worry about the food itself. And you also have Caterers using latex gloves when prepping and serving foods at social functions.


Laura Berness: Skillman, NJ


I was just diagnosed with Latex allergy after experiencing lips swelling and a tight throat after blowing up my son's balloon. I also have developed avocodo and peach allergies. Looking back, I think I have had this for many years. As a child, I had many surgeries which apparently places you at an increased risk. This is terrifying. I can't understand why this material is allowed to be in so many items when it can cause such a deadly condition.


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