Last Updated on January 17, Last week, we received a truly incredible story from Renee, a long-time sufferer of eczema with a chronic allergic reaction to latex. Her story is quite shocking!
Latex rubber gloves have become increasingly common over the last 30 years. This has led to a growing need to monitor the allergenicity of gloves and other latex goods to prevent sensitization and clinical allergy. There is still considerable amount of misinformation regarding latex allergy.
As clinical reports of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis and a fold increase of life-threatening events in surgery for Spina Bifida, efforts were made to better understand the patterns of these episodes. In doing so, latex allergy was subsequently found to be the associated trigger in surgical procedures in patients with Spina Bifida and other conditions, particularly those with congenital neurogenic bladder conditions. Despite these efforts, exposure to latex remains relatively prevalent in the different environments frequented by people of all ages with Spina Bifida — hospitals, clinics, schools, homes, and community facilities.
At 18 years old, I was officially diagnosed with an allergy to latex. When I started in healthcare at 17, latex gloves were standard. I was having progressively worsening reactions with local hives and swelling every time I wore them. This diagnosis signaled a drastic change in my life.
Believe it or not, a latex condom allergy is a thing. Latex allergies are only thought to affect around 1 percent of the general population, according to the Cleveland Clinicmaking them pretty damn rare—but still possible. Although people can be allergic to lambskin and other forms of condoms, the most common condom allergy is due to latex, says Dr.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. People with latex allergies often have serious food allergies too. In fact, they should not try new fruits or vegetables without having epinephrine on hand.
Julie Marshall's worst nightmare is a latex balloon. It's ridiculous," she says. Other sources of anxiety include rubber bands, elastic and spandex, corn, most fruit, the stickers on those fruits, and any new item that enters her house which she hasn't thoroughly researched.
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