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How Can I Make My Home Safe if I Have a Latex Allergy? continued...

Because a latex allergy becomes worse with each exposure, you should avoid products containing latex. While it is difficult to obtain full and accurate information on the latex content of products, you may become better informed by checking with suppliers before buying a product.

The following list highlights some (but not all) of the latex products you should avoid in the home:

  • Rubber sink stoppers and sink mats
  • Rubber or rubber-grip utensils
  • Rubber electrical cords or water hoses
  • Bath mats and floor rugs that have rubber backing
  • Toothbrushes with rubber grips or handles
  • Rubber tub toys
  • Sanitary napkins (that contain rubber)
  • Condoms/diaphragms
  • Diapers that contain rubber
  • Adult undergarments that contain rubber
  • Waterproof bed pads containing rubber
  • Undergarments, socks, and other clothing with elastic bands that contain rubber
  • Adhesives such as glue, paste, art supplies, glue pens
  • Older Barbie dolls and other dolls that are made of rubber
  • Rubber bands, mouse and keyboard cords, desktop and chair pads, rubber stamps
  • Mouse and wrist pads containing rubber
  • Keyboards and calculators with rubber keys or switches
  • Pens with comfort grip or any rubber coating
  • Remote controllers for TVs or VCRs with rubber grips or keys
  • Camera, telescope, or binocular eye pieces
  • Bathing caps and elastic in bathing suits

What Latex Products Should I Avoid Outside the Home?

The following list highlights some (but not all) of the latex products you should avoid outside the home:

  • Grocery store checkout belts
  • Restaurants where workers use latex gloves for food preparation (call ahead to ensure your safety)
  • Balloons
  • Auto races that emit tire and rubber particles
  • ATM machine buttons (often made of rubber)

Other products containing latex include:

  • Tourniquets
  • Blood pressure pads
  • EKG pads
  • Some adhesive bandages
  • Dental devices

Latex Alternatives

There are many alternatives that can be used in place of latex. These include:

Latex Product Alternative
Balloons Mylar balloons
Baby toys Plastic or cloth toys
Bottle nipples Silicone nipples
Condoms Sheep cecum condoms (for birth control only)
Elastic bands Paper clips, string, or twine
Household gloves Synthetic or cotton gloves
Raincoat Nylon or synthetic waterproof coats
Shoes with rubber Leather or synthetic shoes
Telephone cords Clear cords

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