Latex is a natural rubber from the rubber tree, and can be found in gloves, condoms, balloons, and rubber bands. Most latex reactions cause a contact dermatitis similar to that found with nickel on exposed areas. Some individuals with latex allergy can have a life-threatening reaction to latex exposure, especially if they are undergoing surgery and latex gloves are used. What is less well known is that individuals with latex allergy can also be allergic to certain foods that are seen similarly by the body’s immune system, including avocados and kiwi fruit. Those who know they are allergic to latex should consult their doctor to see if they have this type of ‘cross-allergy’. It should be made clear that latex-based paint is made from synthetic latex and does not trigger natural rubber latex allergy.
Published On: July 12, 2010