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Old 12-12-2004, 02:10 PM   #1
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Eating out with a latex allergy is hard!

I live in a small town and so far I can eat at any restaurant here except Chicken Express. But when I go to a city, it is almost impossible to find a restaurant that does not use latex gloves in the kitchen. I knew I had a latex problem but kept having problems when I had not gone to the doctor. At a restaurant my throat starting closing up and my ears swelling inside and the hives and sun burn feeling. I came very close to calling for emergency help, but I made it without it, afterall they would have had latex stuff with them. I take my picture with me now to the doctor's office of my arm after the last time I had my blood pressure checked. It is the only way I can really prove to the medical staff that I don't have just a little itch. I carry a epi pen, but I have a serious heart condition and the doctor says I might not survive the latex exposure, but I may not survive the epi pen either. I do not work in the medical field, but I've had 12 heart caths and by-pass surgery and multiple nuclear stress tests since 1999.

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Old 12-13-2004, 01:43 PM   #2
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Re: Eating out with a latex allergy is hard!

Wow! What a tough situation you have there. Please don't be afraid to call an ambulence or go to the ER. Most nowadays if you tell them you have a latex allergy, will use different gloves. Same with dentists, BTW. If you seek medical attention, they can give you prednisone instead of using adrenaline. Perhaps you could even get a prescription for prednisone to use in an emergency. But if you go to the ER, you will get it in an IV and it will work faster.

I believe some foods cross react with latex. I want to say melons do, but I can't remember. But I'm sure if you google it, you will find a list of foods you should avoid if you are allergic to latex.

Old 12-13-2004, 09:27 PM   #3
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Re: Eating out with a latex allergy is hard!

Banana peels... Just the peels.

There is a blood test that they can do to test for latex allergy.

Also, you should be able to ask at a restaurant and find out if they use latex products.

All medical personnel should be able to accomodate a latex allergy. You should consider getting a medic alert bracelet in case you have an emergency.

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