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.


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Susi Mollica: Medina, Ohio


This website was the first information I found after being diagnosed with airborne latex allergy. Thank you!!! Being a cancer survivor, I've been conditioned to be a warrior. Honestly I was unprepared for the fight this airborne latex allergy has brought to my life. In the last several months I have needed EPI pens 25-30 times. So believe me, I know the seriousness of this allergy. I am driven to make it a safer place NOW and in the future. Frustrated, but driven. A couple of things we have found to be helpful: Get informed. This website is a great place to start. Wear a medical bracelet. It truly saved my life. I promised my husband and family I would never take it off. Make your home a safe haven. Go through it room by room,(or have someone do it for you) carefully. Look for anything that could possibly be a problem. Rubber backed bath mats, shower curtains, rubber handles...etc..Read labels. Be firm with friends & family...as my husband says, 'stop apologizing for being an inconvenience. This is life or death!' When people visit our home, we lovingly remind them to be 'naked with clothes on' and 'please leave their shoes outside the door.' In venturing out, I wear an N95 NIOSH respiratory mask to filter irritants & unknowns. I love to touch people & things, until I break that habit I wear little cotton gloves to assure safety.(One EPI experience happened when I shook hands with someone at church. Later in trying to figure out what happened, we realized he had just taken off rubber gloves) I may look funny but being alive is beautiful enough for me!!!Talk, Talk, Talk. The more we talk to each other, our families, hospitals, restaurants, grocery stores, business' & corporations...on & on..the more we talk it will spill in to their minds. Lastly, DO NOT GIVE IN OR UP!!!! Please feel free to contact me anytime!! Susi, Medina OH 330-347-7770 email:susimollica@ymail.com


Staci Eigsti: Shelbyville, IL

Latex allergies need to be taken seriously. Lives are at stake. After hearing Veronica's story firsthand and witnessing the difficulty she must go through everyday just to eat is heartwrenching. I hope and pray that the government will get involved and make sure that people with allergies ( and those of us who will eventually end up with the allergy ) are safe. Thank God for Veronica and Ryan and their quest to make the United States safer for those who deal with this terrible allergy.


Michelle Parish: Sagamore Hills, Ohio


I worked for years in the dental industry as both an assistant and administrative positions. I was diagnosed in 2008 with my latex allergy. I still continued to work in a pediatric dental office using caution, the dentist refused to go latex free. When I became pregnant in 2009, my allergy became more severe and even though I had a note from my allergist, he still refused to stop using latex forcing me to leave my job earlier than I had planned. I have since left working in an office and I am a dental management trainer at a local college. I still miss working in an office, and I think that latex allergies need to be taken more seriously.


Marion Daney: Chesterfield Twp., Michigan


Hi my name Marion R. Daney, I have developed Latex Allergy while working as a Pharmacy Technicain in a Hospital. I am Disabled since 2000. I had a Servere Reaction while working I broke out in Hives all over my back, chest, shoulders- ended up in ER. I was started getting researching Latex Allergy, because It seems at that time no one gave me answers. I was led to write my story and put all the information on latex allergy into a book."Latex Is Not My Friend" Authorhouse.com-Amazon-Lstex Allergy-E-book Kindle $2.95-book $5.00 and up. This book has alot of information that can help people understand how Latex Allergy reactions happen. Topics:What is Latex? Who is at Risk? This book 8 year project, infor from all over the World. I am not sure if I get reactions from restaurants, I eat at home most of the times. I am very concerned about this topic. You Tube: Latex Allergy Marion R. Daney


Melanie Smith Gyves: Dublin, Ireland


I have had problems with Latex since 1998, 1st sexual relationship!, knee surgery & work experience where I wore Latex gloves, one summer was all it took. When I was living in Cork it wasn't so difficult, as the medics seem more aware. I'm now very sensitive and carry an epipen, (A box of latex gloves or a balloon in the same room makes my face burn, then I start wheezing...), but alot of doctors particularly associated with the maternity hospitals are of the opinion that if it's not touching you then what's your problem... I find that saying that the allergy is documented isn't enough, and have had doctors and nurses try using latex gloves in spite of my history. At this stage I have been unable to find a latex free GP.


Anne Rasmussen: Shoreview, Minnesota


My last ICU admission was from riding a scooter thing at Walmart while shopping with my Mom. Most of the handle/controls area is hard plastic. Except where the actual controls are, the area on either side was latex. My hands started to itch, got red & blotchy, started to swell some. But as my palms started to swell, it was also starting to feel the same way in my throat... scratchy, thick feeling, voice got hoarse, had difficulty talking & breathing. I gave the 1st Epi & took some Benadryl when the reaction started, but it was only getting worse so 911 was called. The paramedics gave more SQ Epi & IM Benadryl, a couple Combivent nebs and rapidly transported me to the ER. Where it only took the ER Doc about 5 minutes to decide I was going to the ICU. Where I stayed for the next 2 days.




I first had skin rash symptoms of latex allergy while working in the health care industry in the 70ís. In the summer of 2003, cork shoes made painful blisters and hives erupt over my whole body. A Surgeon advised me that from then on I could no longer tolerate any contact with latex or natural rubber. I became increasingly sensitized to the point where I began to react to latex particles in the air from doctor offices, restaurants, and wherever latex/natural rubber was in use or sold. Currently there are NO reliable tests for latex in the USA. There is one in Canada but the FDA has not approved it for here. These tests have a record of false negatives. My testing produced negative results. My allergist advised me that I had a Zero tolerance for latex in ANY form, ordered me to carry an Epi Pen, an albuterol rescue inhaler and a strong antihistamine at all times. He also advised me to wear a completely enclosed NIOSH mask rated to filter out airborne latex particles. My allergist wrote a letter to my Doctor advising him of this and included protocols for latex free environments. To date, my doctor has not made any changes and continues to use powdered latex gloves routinely. The labs and hospital I use also persist in using powdered latex gloves. I have had several anaphylactic attacks yet canít go to the ER, because of airborne latex. I have my husband sit with me with one hand on the epi-pen and the other on the phone, while I fight to get air through the swollen airways. I tell him to call if the airway closes completely and I am no longer breathing. According to the MSDS 6501, 6502, 6503, 6504 Exam Grade Latex Gloves, "FDA views that an extractable protein content of 50 micrograms per gram of glove is sufficiently low enough to cause anaphylactic shock." As the FDA recognizes the extreme mortal hazard this poses, I believe it is illegal for latex to be in use in any medical facility, in any food service processing or restaurant, and in any public place.


Heather Darr: Leesburg, Florida


I worked in the medical field for many years and would always have itchy red hands after wearing powdered latex gloves. No one ever told me it could be an allergy. I lost a job as a Dermatology Surgical Assistant bcause in the 3 months I worked there my allergy went from wearing latex gloves, to non latex gloves, to the blood vessels in my eyes breaking and stuffy to actually not being able to breathe even being in the surgery rooms...as a result I lost my job. I went to work for different type of medical field but as a front desk/check in person my allergy got even worse. People I worked with used finger rubbers and it's an office so there were rubber bands. It got to where I could not use my desk after someone had used it, my skin would itch, my breathing would be labored. If I even touched a rubber band I would have instant pain in my fingers. So I lost yet another job. I am now working in a bank and I am fearing that I will lose yet another job. I want to work! My lips went numb, moucous membranes swelled, and I had a very hard time breathing after getting money from the vault because it is bundled with rubber bands. My skin was itchy and felt as if it was crawling. My boss is not sure if non latex rubber band will be approved since they cost so much more...I just want to work, oh I can no longer eat many foods and have to be careful where I eat out at.


june mangaard: barrie, ontario


I first noticed symptoms of a latex allergy in my early 20's. This was after using a latex condom, needless to say, my loins were on fire. After that I started noticing other things such as a horrible rash after buying a new bra and a swelling of my lips when I was around balloons. My worst reaction came after eating Chinese food that had been prepared with latex gloves. I seriously thought that I was going to die. It has become worse over the years and I now carry an Epi-pen. Everywhere I go now I have to be so careful about what I eat and I make sure that I ask each and every time I eat out or purchase things from the Deli if they use latex gloves. Hospitals also boast that they are latex free until I pointed out on one occasion that my chart had an elastic band around it. It has been extremely frustrating dealing with stores who insist on using latex balloons to decorate their stores. I have been unable to shop at various stores due to the balloons. There has been only one grocery store that has respected my allergy and will not use latex balloons. Metro has opted to use mylar balloons instead, even though the cost is more. I am happy that I can shop there worry free and I know that my business means a lot to them.


Ania Abueg: Clovis, CA


I am a nursing student and suffer with latex allergy which is getting progressively worse. I may not be able to finish my education because of latex. Latex should be eliminated from all medical facilities, restaurants, airoprts, public restroom cleaning and so forth. There are alternatives to latex, so stop using it. Symptoms from exposure last for many days. Even if you wear latex allergy medical bracelet, in case of emergency the paramedic will put on latex gloves first and then look at your bracelet.


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