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    Old 07-18-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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    Help with Latex Allergy

    I was recently diagnosed with a Latex allergy in February of this year and since then I have had many discussions with my doctor with no real answers coming out of the discussions(besides sure its possible) so I figured I would ask them here in hopes that some members have some experience living with a latex allergy.

    Just to let you know how I was diagnosed it was by blood work and I came back as a type 2 sensitivity. The test was run because I had a severe reaction to many of the foods that tend to cross react with latex. My cross reactions are Carrots, Celery, Bananas, melons, apples, kiwi, peaches, plums, figs, cherries, nectarines, pears, strawberries, chestnuts, hazelnuts, soy. My worst reaction happened from carrots and caused anaphylaxis. As you can imagine that list has made eating very difficult.

    My first question has to do with types of reactions that people may get. I have never had a serve rash quickly after contact or some of the bleeding people get from latex but when I come into contact with latex I tend to get a migraine headache and a rapid heartbeat along with nausea and I have been wondering if it is possible to have an anaphylactic reaction without any signs of a rash or tingling in throat? Have any of you had similar reactions like I have described that have progressed and got worse?

    Next I have been wondering if any of the foods I mentioned can be cooked down and safely eaten or is it best to just avoid them all?

    I am also wondering what exactly to avoid since rubber(latex) is pretty much in absolutely everything people come into contact with on a daily basis. Things like cooking utensils, tires, handbrakes in cars, computer parts, power cords, remote controls, shoes etc. I know that alternatives to latex rubber are TPR rubber, vinyl rubber, pvc, spandex, nitrile etc. But most companies have no idea what type of rubber is being used in their products and I have been wondering if any of you have had severe reactions from things other than obvious things like latex gloves and ballons? When latex is turned into a harder rubber is most of the latex protein lost in the manufacturing or is there still a real chance of a serious reaction?

    Sorry for typing so much, I will leave it to those few questions for now so you guys dont have to do any excessive reading. Thanks for any answers and I look forward to reading all your experiences.

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