Latex Allergy FAQs

By

Sarah Lewis, PharmD

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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:

  • Balloons

  • Bandages

  • Clothing waistbands

  • Condoms and diaphragms

  • Diapers, bottle nipples, and pacifiers

  • Medical and dental supplies

  • Rubber bands, gloves and toys

  • Sanitary pads

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.

Anaphylaxis can be frightening, but being prepared will help you feel empowered to prevent a dangerous allergic reaction. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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