Latex Allergy Stories

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My parents discovered my latex allergy at a young age. I must have been about 3 years old. I was playing with a latex glove and my parents that saw I had broken out in hives and that my tongue was swelling. My airway was tight and the hives were spreading. They took me to the local hospital and the doctors confirmed my reaction as Type 1...
At a community barbeque our 10-year-old daughter was drawn to the clown making balloon animals. She ran to have a ladybug made. She loved it and wore it on her wrist. Upon returning home from the 10 minute drive, her wrist was blistered with bleeding lesions. We remembered a similar reaction the previous summer and only then realized that the...
I knew I was allergic to latex in the late 90's while working as an EMT. My hands would swell and itch. There was a university hospital that had non-latex supplies and would let me have some for personal usage. My company didn't get non-latex supplies for several years.  So I just stayed away from it.
I asked my daughter to order a foam rubber mattress for my bed. We had all thru our house in the country but many years ago. She did and I was covered with an unbearable itch all over my body.  It took a while but we finally realized it was the latex. Claire
Almost ten years ago, I gave my daughter twelve purple latex balloons full of helium on her birthday. I had no problems with balloons at that time.  Over the past ten years, I must use latex free products like gloves and bandages.
I spent most of my adult life as a Paramedic for an EMS agency.  About 20 years ago I started developing these little fluid filled blisters on my hands when wearing latex gloves, they itched something awful and hurt when they broke open. Later, I started developing a rash when wearing gloves. I finally went to my manager and
I learned that I had a severe allergy to Latex when I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2009. Due to all the latex still being used in the hospitals, and the use of it on me, I almost died. My breathing stopped, I turned bright red all over with itchy hives, went into a coma and all my organs started to close down. It turned out that one of...
I first noticed issues with latex when I was in middle school and had to have a band aid from my allergy shots every week. I would get painful welts wherever the band aid adhesive touched my skin. (It's amazing how many times after that I had to remind the nurse that I was allergic to band aids even after I saw them write it in my chart). Then, in...
I found out about my allergy when I made water balloons for my daughters.  My eye doctor actually diagnosed my allergy first.  It wasn't until 3 years later when I was in a first aid class for my employer that I realized just how serious my allergy was.  I worked for a local school district and the nurses who were giving the class asked if anyone...
Around fifteen years ago, at the age of 35, I was faced with having my tonsils taken out. As I was waking up I heard two nurses talking, over the top of me, and saying "What happened to her?" When I was able to talk I asked my husband if they told him anything about latex, he responded with "No!"  At that time I brushed it off. Latex allergies was...

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