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    Are You Allergic to Latex?

    Latex Alternatives

    There are many better-bets you can choose instead of latex. These include:

    Latex Product



    Mylar balloons

    Baby toys

    Plastic or cloth toys

    Bottle nipples

    Silicone nipples


    Sheep cecum condoms (for birth control only)

    Elastic bands

    Paper clips, string, or twine

    Household gloves

    Synthetic or cotton gloves


    Nylon or synthetic waterproof coats

    Shoes with rubber

    Leather or synthetic shoes

    Telephone cords

    Clear cords

    What Should I Do About Visits to the Doctor or Dentist?

    Tell them about your latex allergy at least 24 hours before your appointment. The hospital or doctor's office should have a plan in place so that they can treat you without exposing you to latex.

    If you have to stay in the hospital, you'll usually be given your own room, free of products that might give you a reaction.

    Foods to Avoid

    Certain ones can trigger a latex-like allergic reaction for some people. They include:

    • Avocado
    • Banana
    • Celery
    • Cherry
    • Chestnut
    • Fig
    • Grape
    • Hazelnut
    • Kiwi
    • Melon
    • Nectarine
    • Papaya
    • Peach
    • Pineapple
    • Plum
    • Potato
    • Rye
    • Tomato
    • Wheat

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on April 26, 2016
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