Latex Allergy Stories

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I started working in healthcare in 1990.  I began to have topical reactions on my hands soon after.  While assisting in a surgery one day, my reaction became severe and my eyes were nearly swollen shut.  I stopped wearing the gloves, but continued to work around them for the next 10+years.  I remember having to get cortisone injections in the...
I have known I had a latex sensitivity for many years.  However, after two surgeries, it has now been diagnosed as Type I Latex Allergy.  I am a teacher of young children. I was standing in a doorway during an assembly one day.
I had Basal Cell skin cancer and underwent the Mohs procedure to remove the cancer from the skin on my forehead.  I contracted a rare staph infection which has been treated for the past 4 month with now my 5th kind of antibiotic.  When the stitches were removed the incision did not heal due to the infection and i have had an open would that shows...
I am currently a student in an Occupational Therapy Assistant program, and it was not until 2 months into my program I found out that I had a latex allergy. I found this out the hard way, being in class with 20+ students stretching Thera Band™.  Thera Band™ is an elastic stretching band that many facilities such as Physical Therapy, and...
 I have a long history with Latex Allergies. My mother was allergic to Latex. She was a Hematologist working for several labs in Florida and Georgia, and in 1994 or 1995 she started having a topical rash when she wore latex gloves. In 1996 I too developed a rash and was told by the university's rent-a-doc to avoid elastic in my clothing and latex...
I have worked in healthcare for 14 years.  I developed contact dermatitis when I was still in school.  My whole career I have requested latex free gloves.  Two and a half years ago I was laid off from my job due to the bad economy.  I was able to find fill in work while I looked for a more permanent job.  Many of the small clinics that I worked at...
I had breast reduction surgery and every time I went to see the surgeon for follow-up care, he would be wearing latex gloves when he examined me.  He would check the suture sites, redo my bandages after applying an ointment at the suture sites.  By the time I got home, the entire suture sites were irritated and inflamed.  This went on for about...
I have a latex allergy as well as Crohn's Disease, and use the injectable drug Humira to control my symptoms. Unfortunately, the rubber stopper on the end of the syringe contains latex. This causes me to immediately develop painful, raised, red welts at the injection site that last for days (& I must inject weekly). This seems a Pyrrhic...
I was diagnosed with latex allergy 7 years ago, after the birth of my third child. At that point, with all the check-ups in the last months of pregnancy, I was such a mess that my OB/GYN determined to induce labor, so that he could hand me over to my allergist for whatever I needed. As it turned out, I needed a lot. I have Type I reactions,...
We first suspected a latex allergy when my daughter was almost two years old.  We put a bandaid on a sore on her arm.  A few days later, when we took it off, welts had formed just under the adhesive part of the bandaid.  The welts gradually shrunk, but even a year later, you can still tell where the bandaid was placed, as some redness remained. ...

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