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Latex Allergy

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Because a latex allergy can become 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?

If you have a latex allergy, these are products to be aware of:

  • 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 that may contain rubber include:

Latex Alternatives

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

Latex ProductAlternativeBalloonsMylar balloonsBaby toysPlastic or cloth toysBottle nipplesSilicone nipplesCondomsSheep cecum condoms (for birth control only)Elastic bandsPaper clips, string, or twineHousehold glovesSynthetic or cotton glovesRaincoatNylon or synthetic waterproof coatsShoes with rubberLeather or synthetic shoesTelephone cordsClear cords

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