Latex Allergy Stories

Everyday people share their experiences with latex allergy. Submit your own story today!

My story is that two weeks ago I found out that my wonderful, expensive, healthy latex mattress is causing me a LOT of health problems.  Previously I'd known that the latex in my underwear caused redness and itching, but it did not bother me a lot.  However, about 3 years ago I purchased the latex mattress and my health has deteriorated severely...
I had been an ER nurse for 9 years before I began having problems with latex.  The time frame from my first severe reaction to my having to leave nursing was only 6 months and I am on Social Security disability as a result. My case started out as just latex but expanded to include cross-reactive foods and other chemicals.  I am about 1 step away...
I am Australian, and suffer from Bi-Phasic Inahalation Anaphylaxis to latex/rubber.  I was a nurse for 30 years, and developed contact anaphylaxis to latex in 1994.  I was able to manage this problem by going into unit management/education, thus did not have to wear gloves.  In 2007 I developed Inhalation Anaphylaxis, and lost my career.  I had 22...
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...

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