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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 1/2/2006 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.. I have just recently found out that my latex allergy has gone from being just contact dermatitis to anaphylaxis. I work in the medical field which doesnt help but in 3 seperate occasions I have needed epi shots at work because Ive gone into anaphylaxis from contact with latex. It scares me because alot of times we dont know if something contains latex or not. And I dont carry an epipen yet. I havent talked to my primary doctor about it yet and since all my anaphylactic reactions have been at work where there have been doctors there for emergency action I havent needed ER yet. But anyway, I was just wondering if any of you have or know of someone that has an anaphylactic allergy to latex. I know many people with slight allergies to latex like rash, etc. But I have never met anyone else that gets reactions this bad to latex.
Any ideas would be helpful.
Oh I am also severly allergic to peanuts. But like I said I still dont even have an epipen. Probably not a very good idea since I never know when Im going to go into anaphylactic shock again.
Its scary and Im still very new to this so like i said, any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Lots of Love and Gentle Hugs!

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 1/2/2006 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jay...................first and foremost............get the Epipen! And yes latex allergies can be severe enough to cause anaphylaxis. I knew this one lady that was a hair dresser, she would use latex gloves while doing hair dye and had almost died twice from anaphylaxis due to latex allergies. Definately go to your doc and get the epipen if you can.

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 1/2/2006 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not allergic to latex BUT i bought some sport socks from WalMart & danged f they didn't eat my feet up.I read that there is acrillic in them.I went back to WalMart to find some 100% cotton socks there wasn't a one in the whole store,not even in the men's section.Was told they don't make 100% cotton socks anymore.Just my luck.

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Date Joined Apr 2003
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   Posted 1/7/2006 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Jay,
They've come a long way with nitrile gloves--I actually liked them better than the latex, some are even claiming to be puncture proof. I have not been tested for allergy, however, I break into hives if I put latex gloves on. Then, I had an incident at the dentist several years back when having my teeth cleaned, my lips swelled up so bad my husband thought I'd been punched in the mouth. I do know one thing, some doctors and dentists are switching over to all nitrile because of the allergy problem. Of course, there is always chance we still come in contact--especially with syringes and latex around vials. By any chance, (and I don't know exactly what area of the health field you are employed in) if there could be a safety committee or group discussions on safety issues? Maybe it's time a list of some sort be compiled and updated as necessary, of all the latex items? I would think this could be very beneficial to all, even to the patients. Then look into any alternatives, such as nitrile or any other non-latex options. I don't know why so many are becoming allergic, but it really seems to be a growing problem. Perhaps you could address this issue in a non-alarming sort of way, offering suggestions and possible alternatives. Whatever you do, get hold of the needle, don't risk your life over something like this--be prepared!
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