Allergy to latex commonly occurs in individuals with spina bifida. It first became evident in the late 1980’s. Experts think that up to 73% of children with spina bifida have a problem with latex. The reason is unclear but may have to do with too much contact with latex due frequent surgeries, shunt revisions, and other allergies.
Latex can be found in many things,so the FDA requires labeling medical supplies that have natural rubber in them. Other places where latex can be found are:
- bananas passion fruit
- rubber bands avocados
- chestnuts melons
- erasers soles of shoes
- gloves celery
- balloons wheelchair tire inner-tubes
- kiwi condoms
Signs of an allergic reaction include:
- watery and itchy eyes a hard time breathing
- sneezing and coughing rash or hives
- swelling of the wind pipe life-threatening collapse
- of blood circulation
You can avoid a latex allergy by staying away from items that contain latex or latex powder. The powder can get into the air and can breathed in by a person or land on their skin.