As I have posted before, there are so many warnings about the onset of latex allergies but as nurses we do not pay attention to our own health.:uhoh21:
Mine came sliding in the back door. I reacted to neoprene - severely. It did not matter what or how many layers I put between my knee and the brace after 2 hours my skin looked like 2nd degree burns. Then came the respitory problems combined with lyrngospasms.
I flunked every test for latex allergy because I was not reacting at the time. False neg. are more common than false positives. Besides I have had immunogoblin treatments in the past.
I had the True Test patches placed and within 2 hours I was in the hospital in bigemny. We did not know but the rhythm change lasted one year until I had ablations x3 pacing centers in my heart. Now I have one working pacing node and we sure do not want it to give out.
Latex has 250 different proteins of which 11 have been currently identified as allergens.
Then there is the problem of cross-reaction to foods. The last time I had canteloupe I itched outside and inside for 48 hours despite treatment.
Sometimes it is not just the latex but also the chemicals used in the processing. This type of reaction is called MCS or Multi-Chemical Sensitivity(allergy).
Yes some hospitals are going latex free but have they replaced the ductwork, are the mattresses being replaced? These are some of the hidden places where latex hangs out.
I now wear a full face cover with a unit with 3 types of filters and a battery pack. Try shopping like that and listen to the comments others make. I spend most of my time in my home.
Be your own proactive rep. LAforum on yahoo.com has some of the most complete listings of cross reactive items, alternative products and other info.:bowingpur
I do not trust the government to tell the whole truth, after all a Gyn went to do an exam - he had no problems with latex before - he put on the gloves and dropped dead due to extreme anaphlatic shock.
Take care of yourself.