Can latex allergies be outgrown?

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 10:36am
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I haven't been able to find any info on whether latex allergies can be outgrown.

Info would be very appreciated,

Jen

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 12:58am
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Jen, my PA son tested false positive to latex three years ago (at least). I remember posting about it here and I'm fairly sure there were a lot of links provided to me. Let me see if I can find the old thread where I posted about Jesse's testing. I know that all of the things he came back positive for (except PA) were false because he had ezcema on his back where the skin prick testing was done. It was only through posting here that I was able to sort it out and calm myself down.
Let's see if I can find the thread(s).
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Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 1:10am
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Jen, I re-raised a couple of threads from when I had both children skin prick allergy tested and Jesse tested positive to latex. e-mom and Cayley's Mom both provided links re latex allergy, that despite the age of the threads might still be helpful to you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 4:33am
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THANK YOU!
I really appreciate your response.
Jen

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 7:41am
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My non-response is more like it Jen, since I couldn't offer you anything but stuff I know had been posted to me three years ago. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
I hope some of the links were still correct and may or may not have answered your question. When I was looking for the two threads I re-raised I only did a search of Main Discussion. There may be more threads available if you did a search of the whole board.
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Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 11:03am
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Our PA son's latex allergy -- confirmed at age 1-2 through experience & never tested for (huge welts/hives upon contact with any bandaid product or latex glove & intense itching)-- has definitely lessened. He's now 5 and is able to tolerate Bandaid Flex bandages, when required. His exposure is minimal, though. Don't think he could ever be exposed to latex daily/at length -- like fighter-pilot Daddy with oxygen mask on his face for hours.
Hope this helps in some way.
EB

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 12:11pm
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Quote:Originally posted by ajas_folks:
[b]Our PA son's latex allergy -- confirmed at age 1-2 through experience & never tested for (huge welts/hives upon contact with any bandaid product or latex glove & intense itching)-- has definitely lessened. He's now 5 and is able to tolerate Bandaid Flex bandages, when required. His exposure is minimal, though. Don't think he could ever be exposed to latex daily/at length -- like fighter-pilot Daddy with oxygen mask on his face for hours.
Hope this helps in some way.
EB[/b]
Hi ajas_folks,
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your reply. May I futher impose and ask you a few of questions:
1) Have you ever seen any literature on "outgrowing" a latex allergy. I haven't been able to find any.
2) How do you manage to avoid laxtex - it makes avoiding a peanut allergy look like a walk in the park.
3) My little guy is being tested tomorrow, even if he's not allergic I'd like to keep him away from as much latex as possible. What do you think are the biggies to avoid?
Would you suggest avoiding banannas and kiwi?
Thanks in advance,
Jen
BTW - I should mention that my son has not shown himself to be allergic to latex. However, I have recently found out he is at high risk for developing the allergy because of his peanut allergy, ecezema, the fact that he's had two surgeries (one before he was one) and they've been changing him at his day care using latex gloves (which has now stopped).
[This message has been edited by pjama0502 (edited January 28, 2004).]

Posted on: Fri, 01/30/2004 - 12:06am
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Jen,
I would be careful with the latex, especially since you said he is at high risk for developing the allergy. I would avoid it altogether, as symptoms can develop anytime.
I had a major reaction to latex at my son's 5th bday party. I was filling up water balloons for a game and my hands all the way up to my elbows swelled up and became very red and itchy. When I asked my doctor what it was, she said it was a latex allergy. She gave me a RAST test and it came back negative!! But, I still have reactions, mainly severe itching when touched by someone using latex. Even at the dentist, my nose starts to run and my throat gets very itchy and hoarse. So, I make it clear to all medical/dental personnel that I have a latex allergy.
I would be very careful, especially at daycare and suggest to use vinyl gloves, just to be safe.

Posted on: Fri, 01/30/2004 - 12:03pm
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Thanks Lindajo,
I definitely will try and make sure the little guy avoids latex.
Jen

Posted on: Wed, 02/04/2004 - 7:07am
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Quote:Originally posted by pjama0502:
[b]
Hi ajas_folks,
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your reply. May I futher impose and ask you a few of questions:
1) Have you ever seen any literature on "outgrowing" a latex allergy. I haven't been able to find any.
2) How do you manage to avoid laxtex - it makes avoiding a peanut allergy look like a walk in the park.
3) My little guy is being tested tomorrow, even if he's not allergic I'd like to keep him away from as much latex as possible. What do you think are the biggies to avoid?
Would you suggest avoiding banannas and kiwi?
Thanks in advance,
Jen
BTW - I should mention that my son has not shown himself to be allergic to latex. However, I have recently found out he is at high risk for developing the allergy because of his peanut allergy, ecezema, the fact that he's had two surgeries (one before he was one) and they've been changing him at his day care using latex gloves (which has now stopped).
[This message has been edited by pjama0502 (edited January 28, 2004).][/b]
Sorry it took me so long to reply --
I've not read or seen any literature regarding outgrowing latex allergy.
Avoiding latex for us has meant avoiding the following:
Bandaids/bandage items
Regular latex balloons (buy Mylar only)
Latex gloves
Uncovered elastic in clothing
Latex/rubber sandals or boat/beach shoes
Rubberbands
Kiwi & Watermelon
Our son always wears socks (cotton) in any shoes. He loves bananas & has never shown any problem with them.
We find latex allergy management relatively easy compared to PA/TNA. But then again, our comfort/safety zone with regard to PA/TNA is EXTREMELY strict.
Hope this helps! Hang in there. It all seems to become more manageable as time passes & experience accumulates!
EB

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 1:44am
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Need to add one other avoided item:
STICKERS! He can have them if grownup touches the back to adhere to clothing or paper, but may not have them directly applied to his skin.
EB

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