Latex allergy

Posted on: Tue, 04/25/2000 - 11:42pm
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My best friend's daughter recently had a bad reaction to latex at the dentist office. They nearly had to call 911, but they watched her and the symptoms went away. Is this as serious as peanut allergy? Is it easier to control? Does anyone know what she needs to watch out for? (Her other son is tree nut allergic, but they don't seem to be very concerned. They don't carry epi. He just tries not to eat nuts, and so far hasn't had another reaction. I'm afraid that they aren't as serious as they should be about these allergies. They know that my daughter is PA, and they put her in a whole different category).

Posted on: Wed, 04/26/2000 - 12:51am
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On another non-allergy related board that I visit often, a woman posted about latex allergy (she has it). It sounds VERY severe and very serious. In fact, it seemed worse than peanut allergy in terms of avoiding latex. I tried to go back and find the woman's post because it was very informative, but it is no longer there. Sorry.br /
Christine/p

Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2003 - 9:16am
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hi,
Please tell me what your childs latex reaction was. My daughter gets hives with a latex bandaid so we get the latex free kind. I didn't know to avoid all those foods. Did you skin test for them or blood test? Does she actually react in some way when she eats them?? Sorry for all the questions, just want to do the right thing with my daughter. By the way, she eats peaches and tomato no problem.
[This message has been edited by nikky (edited September 08, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2003 - 5:41pm
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Quote:Originally posted by nikky:
[b]hi,
Please tell me what your childs latex reaction was. My daughter gets hives with a latex bandaid so we get the latex free kind. I didn't know to avoid all those foods. Did you skin test for them or blood test? Does she actually react in some way when she eats them?? Sorry for all the questions, just want to do the right thing with my daughter. By the way, she eats peaches and tomato no problem.
[This message has been edited by nikky (edited September 08, 2003).][/b]
Hi! My DD allergic reaction was contact hives just where the latex touched. On certain foods it was just hives where it touched on her mouth or if it dripped on her skin. It seems that it was a pretty big bright red reaction very quickly. She tested through the Nambudrapad(sp?) Method (NAET.com is there website if your interested) No skin testing though. The NAET testing has been very accurate. I have been told by our Allergist that there are several different ways besides hives that a person can react to allergens. Anaphylatic, hives, emotions, stomachaches craving certain foods or not tolerating certain foods, vomiting ect. My DD had an allergy to tomatoes but using the NAET method she had that specific allergy eliminated and now she can eat tomatoes without any reaction. With our allergist using the NAET method he can test each food specifically without skin testing. My dd just holds a glass vial with the allergen in it - in her hand for the test. That way it never touches her skin. For now any known latex is kept away from her until we can clear her for all of them. She was tested for them and they showed as allergens. I would ask your Allergist to test your DD or just ask for specifics for latex avoidance. The ones I listed were the ones I knew about for my DD. I believe that each allergist and methods are different but we each do what works best for our little ones. She has a lot of allergies along with the PA/TNA. If you need anything else let me know my DD is 3 years old. Sorry for all the information hope it helps.

Posted on: Tue, 09/09/2003 - 1:12am
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I can't offer any advice about latex allergies because I know absolutely nothing about them.
However, while at Home Depot this past weekend, I noticed (and bought) a box of vinyl gloves. They look exactly like latex gloves except they do not have that powdery residue.
The vinyl gloves worked like a charm!!

Posted on: Tue, 09/09/2003 - 3:36am
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Regarding latex allergy - make sure your dentist is aware of the allergy. They use latex gloves, and also *tents* inside the mouth when doing some dental work.
The foods listed are not latex, but some particular food allergies are common with latex allergies (I know of banana and kiwi, but the others listed are new to me).

Posted on: Wed, 09/10/2003 - 1:03am
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toomanynuts,
Thanks so much for all the info. I have never heard of naet, however, I do know that you can react to things in ways other than the "typical" reactions. My kids are on the feingold diet for headaches and cronic cough and it has worked like a charm. I think my dd's latex is only a contact reaction though, because she doesn't react to any of the foods you mentioned. Thanks again for all your help!!
e-mom,
just curious, what do you use the gloves for? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] By the way, I've been hearing the "red-red wine" song in my head last night since reading your other post [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]!!
annamarie,
thanks for the dentist advice, i will keep that in mind the next time i go!

Posted on: Wed, 09/10/2003 - 1:11am
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Quote:Originally posted by nikky:
[b]
e-mom,
By the way, I've been hearing the "red-red wine" song in my head last night since reading your other post [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]!!
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was it "red-red wine" or "[i]spill the wine[/i]?

Posted on: Wed, 09/10/2003 - 1:50am
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Caitlin has reactions the following ways:
latex pacifier -- Would dry heave all night, until we got the silicone binky. (Thank god we dont have it now, nor do we have one with Meghan)
Bananas -- Sliced off a circular piece (for cereal). Cut that into 4 pieces. Before piece #2, she was vomitting, itching, red faced, sneezing, wheezing, diarhea, all within 5 minutes. Scariest reaction ever. Allergist said, later, we should have used the epi-pen. We didnt. She took benedryl and was fine.
Avocado -- Hives
Tomato -- touching a tomato (cut up, juicy), and touching the ketchup bottletop (could be spices, garlic, etc...) Hives, red faced.\
Kiwi -- Hives
Those were all x-reacting. Shes got other issues, but those are the big ones.
Jason
Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts
Sara 2-13-98 NKA (avoiding nuts)
Meghan 2-28-03 dx'ed Reflux - Alimentum feeder, Zantac - 1.2ml 2x/day
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Posted on: Wed, 09/10/2003 - 2:19am
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Here's a question: [b]Has anyone with a latex allergy reacted to food handled by people wearing latex gloves?[b]
I'm still trying to figure out what my allergy is and keep coming back to latex, which I totally and completely neglected to ask to be tested for when I did the allergy testing last month. I do have problems with (ahem) condoms - and when I was pregnant, I would react to tomato's, but I tested negative for an allergy to them. (Tomatos made my tongue swell and tingle, but only while I was pregnant and neither of the kids are allergic either)
Anyway, I am thinking latex because I did help blow up some balloons for a friends wedding and spent the next 20 minutes coughing and choking... of course, I hadn't thought to bring my inhaler, because I guess I'm still in denial about really being asthmatic and eventually fresh air assisted in clearing my fit.
But, it comes back to the issues with food I've discussed before. I don't ever get sick on anything I make at home, but easily 50% of the places I've eaten outside of home have caused me to be sick within 20 minutes of eating (painful cramps, diahrea, etc.)...
Is it possible that, given the likelihood of a latex allergy, that it could be that the food servers in the kitchen are wearing latex gloves when handling my food?
~Melanie

Posted on: Wed, 09/10/2003 - 2:50am
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MeCash- yes, you can react from food handlers wearing latex gloves. My two friends are anaphylactic to latex. Both have had horrible reactions this way. My one friend only has to take one bite and her throat will close up.
Here are some ways my friends have had reactions from- one had a fridge that you can get water from on the door- the hose was latex. Toothbrushes with the cushiony handles- kind of like a non-slip thing, McDonalds milkshakes- I've heard from alot of people they contain a latex component. Those are some ideas you might not think about.
My dd is latex allergic. She has had only hives from the Dentist's gloves. I keep her away from all latex.
Regarding testing- my friends who are ana to latex both tested neg. and so did my dd. This was a blood test- and I don't think they are acurate at all. They did want to do a touch test but no one wanted to.
I will look for a website I found last year that contained everything that could be latex. I will post it as soon as I find it. Take care, Kelly

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