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How can I avoid a latex allergy at work?

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Use paper clips instead of rubber bands. Don’t use erasers, either.

Stay away from craft items like paint and rubber cement.

If you work where people wear gloves -- cleaning, food service, or beauty work, for example -- ask to switch to latex-free products.

From: Latex Allergy Checklist WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Latex Allergy."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Latex Allergy."

Cincinnati Children's: "Latex Allergy."

New York State Department of Health: "Latex Allergy - Information for Health Professionals."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Latex Allergy."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Latex Allergy."

Cincinnati Children's: "Latex Allergy."

New York State Department of Health: "Latex Allergy - Information for Health Professionals."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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