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, 181 people have submitted stories or comments.


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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


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


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


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!


Kristen Bradley: Chico, CA


I developed a Latex allergy from doing Enemas using a Latex bag.(I suffered from years of chronic constipation and had to resort to enemas to have a bowel movement by my late 20's. In my mid 30's I had my colon removed which took care of this problem.) The intestinal tract is a highly permeable surface, an allergy to the natural rubber latex protein can develop very quickly and easily when exposed to this surface repeatedly. As a result I now have a Latex allergy which can manifest itself through a skin rash if I touch a latex glove, eraser, rubber band etc, severe intestinal cramping and bloating if I consume food heavily handled with Latex gloves, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath if I am around latex via balloons, tires, gloves in medical centers, new paint or carpet etc. I do everything in my power to minimize exposure yet, this is quite a large task as latex is everywhere. I work in a clinic as a Registered Dietitian (which uses non-Latex gloves the majority of the time) yet I sometimes break out from touching charts that have been exposed to rubber bands, pencil erasers and other items. During parties/birthdays I must contend with balloons. Anytime I want to eat out it is a huge ordeal as I prefer to eat at Latex free restaurants yet it is not always possible when on trips/vacations in unknown cities with family/friends or for work. As mentioned earlier this can cause me severe abdominal cramping/bloating and pain which can last up to a few days. In addition, many people do not take my situation seriously which makes it quite difficult. My current place of employement has plans to move to a newly constructed building which may put me out of work for a while as I can not be around new carpet or paint until the "newness" wears off.


Jan Baker: Cortez, colorado


I have been a surgical technologist for 30 years' My first reaction I went in anaphylaxis .I was lucky that at that time I was working in surgery.If if I was not at the hospital I would be dead.I have to really check when I go anywhere.I have had other reactions.So I have to be really careful.


Ingrid Koivu: Homestead, FL


My 16 yr old son was diagnosed 3 years ago. He had stomach issues and the gastro referred us to an allergist. We found out that he is positive for latex and latex in foods. It's not just bananas. He has lost about 30 lbs since he cannot eat a long list of foods. Not only do restaurants need to stop using latex gloves but schools as well. I've had to supply the science dept. with latex-free gloves for each period. He's been in and out of the hospital due to his reactions. He carries an epi-pen and benadryl. This is a disability that needs to be recognized by the ADA. Last week, we came across a restaurant that refused to accommodate his allergy and said to leave because they would not comply. I have to make sure he does not walk near a tire dept. or balloons. It's exhausting for him and makes him very sad. Also, these latex-free hospitals are not latex-free. They only call themselves that because they use latex-free gloves. If you check the blood pressure cuff, they will have 2 sets. One with latex and one without. The nurse usually does not check, I have to grab their arm and stop them before they place it on my son. Having them change their gloves once again. Meds that come in vials have a rubber stump on them that are latex which transfers into your blood stream at time of application. Gel coated oral meds are also made of latex. This goes beyond the food industry.


cindy vessalo: lorain, ohio

My grandson was born in 2007 with spina bifida and several allergies, including latex. Dominic is often restricted because of his mobility issues, often cannot eat what the other kids eat because of his several food allergies, and now local parks are changing from using wood chips as a base to using chopped up rubber. At age 3 little boys love to climb and play at the park, but Dominic cannot join his friends. I beg all of you to send this site and petition to everyone and let's get the law changed! ALL allergies are a disability and public, tax paid for places should be safe places for all children and adults.


Rosemary Ciotti: Arlington, VA

My niece is extremely allergic to Latex and had to abandon medical school dreams because of the allergy that she acquired while working in a lab. She can not eat at any restaurant that uses latex gloves and needs to carry an epi pen at all times in case of accidental exposure.


Lorraine Trause: Carlstadt, New Jersey


The most disconcerting aspect of having a latex allergy is the negative reaction and disbelief that most people have. Workplace, restaurants, grocery stores and most medical facilities refuse to acknowledge the life threatening reactions we experience when exposed to items containing latex. Hidden latex contamination is especially difficult to ascertain because companies are unwilling to give credence to our affliction.


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