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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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Melanie Heitz: Lebanon, Pa.

Allergic

I was an LPN for 27 years starting in 1972 and most of those years nurses wore the latex gloves. I experienced at times itchiness, a little trouble breathing, but three years ago I picked out latex balloons for my granddaughter's birthday and I had a reaction where my throat felt weird, eyes itched and the sclera on my eyes blistered. I had always felt bad after my dental appointments having a sore throat and just feeling lousy. After going into a total bathing suit boutique with racks of flip flops or going into a tire store I would feel like I was getting congested and I couldn't swallow quite right. I saw an allergist and he drew blood and tested it for Latex allergy and I was positive. I now carry EpiPens. Latex is everywhere. It is so debilitating. I check with restaurants and it is so scary. Alot of restaurants use latex gloves and if they say they will be very careful in preparation of my food I still am worried. The majority do not know what they are even using. I'm going to start pushing legislation to ban all latex gloves in restaurants in all states. We have 3 states in the US that have done that, why not the rest. That is my mission and it protects others as well from becoming sensitive to Latex who are required by their job to be in contact with it on a daily basis.

 

Joie de Leon : San Jose, CA

Allergic

I have had a skin condition where my hands and feet and other sensitive skin area swell and form large amounts of tiny blisters. Mostly on my hands though.. None of my doctors knew what it was until I went to a dermatologist in 2009 and he said I had contact dermatitis. Over the last year, my hands have gotten worseand this is when he decided to do an allergy test. I've always known that latex gloves bother me but I was just diagnosed with my latex allergy in October 2010. I do not have the severe form of this allergy but I fear that I will soon develop it... I hope that this petition goes through and everyone with this allergy can lead a better life, or the best that they are capable of having.

 

gina lippman: river edge, nj

Allergic

I am 40 years old. I developed my first anaphylactic reaction 6 months ago, from an mmr vaccine.One month later,from a gynecological procedure.No doctor coud tell what i was reacting to.After that, experienced asthma like symptoms with berries and melon.Still,unclear what the allergen was. Finally, experienced a near anaphylactic reaction at the nail salon.The girl was wearing latex gloves. This is a very frightening way to live.Latex or latex protein was the culprit for each event. I feel as if I am walking on land mines,waiting for the next explosion.I am waiting for my allergy results,but latex truly seems to be the offender.

 

Leanne Pinard: commack, ny

Allergic

I was diagnosed with my allergy 4 years ago, I was in the dentist when my throat began to swell and it became very difficult to breathe. After that incident, I had started asking the resturants I visited if they were using Latex gloves, being as trusting as I was, the diner told me they were using Vinyl gloves, and I began eating my hamburger, about a half hour after my meal, I got itchy, swolen, and had a constricted airway. The resturant was using Latex gloves. The Latex stayed in my system for 3 days, and I was in an out of the hospital for about 2 weeks after that incident.

 

kris munsell: frederick, MD

Allergic

You did not include contact reactions. I get some thing that is like a chemical burn (worse then any sunburn)in the exact shape of the latex item that touches my skin. If it's a bandaid it will be a burning, red oozing sore that lasts for weeks in the shape of the bandaid. There are even tiny dots of unaffected skin that matches the little holes in the bandaid that let the skin breath. If it wasn't so painful, it would look kinda cool.

 

Katlynn Cagle: Hixson, TN

Allergic

I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH LATEX ALLERGIES,AFTER AN AMBULANCE RIDE TO THE ER! SINCE THEN I HAVE HAD SEVERAL MORE EPISODES. I EVEN REACT WHEN I REHEAT LEFTOVERS IN A PLASTIC CONTAINER. NO ONE HAS EXPLAINED THAT ONE TO ME YET UGH!!!! I AM VERY FRUSTRATED AND SO IS ANYONE WHO IS CLOSE TO ME. I WISH THE WHOLE WORLD WAS LATEX FREE,HOWEVER THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE MUCH WORSE.

 

Jeremy Maloney: Jackson, Michigan

My wife has class 1 and class 4 latex allergy, and while I'm not the "affected" person in the ways of the allergy itself, my life and the life of my children are greatly affected, we have to always be aware of what we wear, what we eat, where we eat, what furniture we buy, what clothing we purchase, etc etc. It really is a serious problem and it's very very tough on the family. Luckily, our family came together and we're making the necessary adjustments, but I wanted to make sure to mention that it isn't just the person with the allergy that's affected by it, it's their whole family and whatever friends.

 

Karen childs: houston, texas

Allergic

I bought a new couch that contained some sort of chemical that threw my basicly under control latex allergy into full swing. I have been sufferin for 3 weeks from recurrent anaphylaxis and I have been the sickest i have been ever in my life. I am on multiple meds to help with symptoms and my life has been totally changed

 

Irene Smith: San Tan Valley, AZ

Allergic

My allergy occurred while serving in the military. I have since retired and submitted the paperwork for the service connected disability. It has been accepted as a disability but is at a zero percent. I have had reactions after retiring and submitted that as well but they did not budge. I have to carry an Epi-pen for the rest of my life. Mine is a severe case that is life threatening if contact is made. I can not even paint my house!

 

rob kenzington: piscataway, nj

Allergic

5 years ago i was in the forest helping with some friends clean up and i wish i never went that day. i never was allergic before to latex and it came out of nowhere. we were all wearing latex gloves and when we were done they handed out cracker jacks. never had a nut allergy before either until that day. so i ate the cracker jacks and a bunch of other nuts and i never washed my hands so the latex and powder were still on my hands so it was in my mouth pretty much. about 10-15 min later my stomach hurt so bad i couldn't stand it. i felt like crying. then my chest got real tight and i had trouble breathing. so i called 911 and they saved me thank God. ever since then Ive been afraid to eat anything. i curse that day. FUCK ALLERGIES i wanna fuckin kill myself life isn't worth it anymore i cant do anything now without worrying about some fucking reaction that can kill me. fuck this world!

 

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