Natural rubber latex comes from a liquid in tropical rubber trees. Many of the following rubber products are used at home and work:
Also, many medical supplies contain latex such as:
Latex allergy symptoms are similar to other allergies and can be mild or severe. Such as:
A latex-sensitive person can also have a life-threatening allergic reaction with no previous warning or symptoms. ANYONE can become allergic to latex.(1)
If you are a latex allergy victim, you may also experience symptoms around streets that are being paved. Asphalt when combined with ground up tires in the paving process, contains natural rubber. When asphalt is being mixed or sprayed, natural rubber particles can also be dispersed in the air.
Some proteins in rubber are similar to food proteins in certain foods, such as:
Perhaps because of the resemblance to a latex protein component, these foods have been responsible for anaphylactic reactions in latex-sensitive persons while other have caused progressive symptoms beginning with oral itching.
"Persons with a history of reactions to these foods are at increased risk of developing latex allergy, and those who are sensitive to latex should avoid foods to which they have had previous reactions." (2) It is not recommended that one restricts ALL the foods that may cause a reaction, but those that previously did elicit a reaction.
"It is estimated that 50-70% of latex-allergic people have IgE antibodies cross-reactive to the antigens coming from vegetable foods." (3)
In the plant world, there has been cross-reactivity with latex antigens in increasing numbers. Many fruits are notorious for this cross-reactivity and has given rise to the term "latex-fruit syndrome." Some latex-allergic people have even occasionally been affected by some kinds of pollen and medical plants.
"Severe allergic reactions may occur when people with a latex allergy come in contact with the sap from a poinsettia plant leaf." (4)
For more information, you may log on to www.latexallergylinks.org.
If you have a latex allergy, we strongly suggest you print out the list on this link to put in your purse or wallet which might indentify to others your allergy if you are having a severe reaction. It can also be used when you are shopping to avoid buying or being exposed to something which could be a potentially allergic reaction.
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