Tag: Allergy


If you are a healthcare worker you may know about the dangers of a latex allergy but this allergen can affect the average person more than you know. A latex allergy is a reaction caused by the protein in rubber called latex. Most people associate latex with the gloves that are used in hospitals and daycare settings but latex can be found in places you would not suspect. Here are just a few of the products that can contain latex:

  • Gloves
  • Balloons
  • Condoms
  • Children’s Toys
  • Rubber Bands
  • Computer Mouse Pads
  • Diapers
  • Sports Equipment

Unfortunately in today’s world allergens can be found everywhere. Environmental allergens include pollution, smog, pollen, dust and mold. Food allergies are also very common with allergies to items such as dairy, nuts, shellfish, wheat and eggs. The last kind we will discuss are contact allergies to various items such as nickel and various chemicals. An allergy to latex is a contact form of allergy in that you have to touch it to get a reaction though the air can even contain latex particles when certain powder is applied or coated over the gloves. As can be seen by the short list of possible latex sources simple daily routines can become very dangerous for those that suffer from a latex allergy.

Latex Allergy Symptoms

As with many allergies the symptoms of an allergy to latex can be mild or severe. It all depends on how sensitive that person is. Typical symptoms can include:

  • red, itchy or watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • rashes
  • hives
  • coughing
  • possible anaphylaxis(shortness of breath or shock)

Some other symptoms for those who wear latex gloves include cracks on their hands as well as rashes. Ironically the symptoms may take some time to surface. They can take take 12 to 36 hours to appear. These symptoms can be relieved by making sure that you take care of your hands, as well as wearing non-latex hypo allergenic gloves. Please keep in mind that latex allergies can cause serious life-threatening reactions like anaphylaxis with no previous warning or symptoms.

Who is at Risk for a Latex Allergy?

Naturally those that are exposed to latex the most are the ones at highest risk. These would include healthcare workers, daycare workers, food preparers, janitorial workers and rubber industry workers. Latex gloves are the most prevalent exposure. Some suggest that those with hay fever have a greater chance of developing latex allergy. People who had several operations in childhood are also more likely to have this allergy. Though as can be seen by the prevalence of latex in so many products, anyone can develop a latex allergy.

The reaction to the latex is to the protein in the rubber. Connections have been found to certain foods and latex allergy. Some of these foods are bananas, avocados, kiwi fruit and tomatoes. They contain a similar protein as latex and can therefore cause a cross-reaction.

If you suspect that you have this allergy it is of course advisable to contact your doctor. They will probably direct you to an allergist to confirm your allergy. Typically testing for a latex allergy is done via blood tests since a skin test could prove rather dangerous. We all tend to walk around oblivious to some of the dangers that surround us. Being aware of possible allergies including a latex allergy can possibly make a life or death difference.


Source by Marilyn Franklin


Natural remedies are great for allergies but allergy gadgets have a place too in dealing with the symptoms of an allergy. Gadgets cannot cure an allergy but they can contribute to reducing the frequently unpleasant symptoms and besides that I just love gadgets.

The H.E.P.A. Filter

Filtering the air you breathe seems an obviously good thing to do. If you can breathe fewer pollen particles or dust mites or pet dander then that may reduce your allergy symptoms without using any drugs or herbs at all. But which filter is the best? The simple answer to that is to sue a “high efficiency particulate air” filter also known as a H.E.P.A. filter.

These can be free standing or built into air filtration or air conditioning units in homes, offices and cars.

Even found in vacuum cleaners the cost of H.E.P.A. filters has come down a lot in recent years and a vacuum cleaner now with a H.E.P.A. filter is hardly more expensive than a normal vacuum. H.E.P.A. filters are great even without an allergy – we do better when breathing clean air

The Juicer

If you are surprised that a kitchen fruit juicer is an allergy gadget then just ponder research findings that link consumption of fruit with reduction of asthma allergy symptoms. Published in 2007 in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health a paper reporting the results of diet and wheezing from asthma. Consumption of what the authors called fruity vegetables reduced asthma symptoms. What are fruity vegetables – these are – tomatoes, eggplants, cucumber, green beans, and zucchini.

Do you need a juicer to do this? No you don’t but it is much easier to get a good intake of fruit and even vegetables by juicing them. It makes getting the right amount of healthy vegetable a day an absolute breeze. And using a juicer is fun anyhow.

The Neti Pot

Well known in the Yoga world the Neti Pot was otherwise ignored. Until that it became a celebrity by appearing on TV. Now there are numerous models of Neti Pot and much endorsement. Simply put, the Neti Pot is an aid to hygiene. It is used to rinse the nasal passages and rinse pollen and other environmental allergens away reducing symptoms of for example hay fever and sinus headaches.

Usually when you buy a Neti Pot you get some salt to use with it. Following the simple instructions you put comfortably warm salty water in the Neti Pot and turning your head to one side simple allow some of the water to flow into one of your nostrils. The water will flow into one nostril and out the other one provided the recommended head position is used.

Many folks get a lot of relief by using it. And for the gadget conscious Neti Pots can be found in many different shapes sizes and materials. You can even get what I call an electric net pot.


Source by Alexander Newell

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