Latex Allergy FAQs
1. What is a latex allergy?
A latex allergy is a reaction to a protein in natural latex, which comes from the sap of the Brazilian rubber tree. A wide variety of products contain natural latex, including:
Condoms and diaphragms
Diapers, bottle nipples, and pacifiers
Medical and dental supplies
Rubber bands, gloves and toys
People who have a latex allergy react upon exposure to latex in these products. Their immune systems are over-sensitive and respond abnormally to a harmless substance. Some people are so sensitive they react from breathing in latex particles.
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