Patients with latex allergies

Patient with latex allergies have a multitude of symptoms that can accumulate over time and become a real problem over the long term.

Patients with latex allergies start with their immune system recognizing the latex as harmful and foreign. This leads to symptoms of wheezing, runny nose or even anaphylaxis. IgE immunoglobulin antibodies (your bodies pac men) and histamines are released from the immune system with each exposure to latex which cause these reactions.  With each exposure to the latex or foreign agent, the body response can get worse each time.

Exposure to latex is usually through direct contact like gloves, tourniquets and many other ways.

Some of the most common latex products include*:

  • Dishwashing gloves
  • Carpeting
  • Waistbands on clothing
  • Balloons
  • Rubber toys
  • Hot water bottles
  • Baby bottle nipples
  • Disposable diapers
  • Sanitary pads
  • Rubber bands
  • Erasers
  • Condoms
  • Diaphragms
  • Swim goggles
  • Racket handles
  • Motorcycle and bicycle handgrips
*List from the Mayo Clinic

In the health care setting latex products are often used.  However, because of the problem of latex allergy, many health care facilities use nonlatex gloves and tourniquets. Other medical products that may contain latex or rubber include:

  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Stethoscopes
  • Intravenous tubing
  • Syringes
  • Respirators
  • Electrode pads
  • Surgical masks

So to prevent multiple exposures health care providers are looking for solutions that limit latex exposure to allergic susceptible patients.

Recommended Solutions:

Kimberly Clark offers the KC300 STERLING* Nitrile Exam Gloves as one of the best latex free gloves. Learn more…

Avcor Health provides a Latex-free X-Tourn® contains no latex rubber proteins, resins or fatty acids providing ultimate patient safety and protection. They come in multiple colors to include a pink version representing Susan Korman. Learn more…

Becton, Dickinson and Company offers several latex free syringes for latex sensitive patients. Learn more…

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