Recently diagnosed “life threatening” latex allergy

Posted by nanochic @nanochic, Feb 11, 2019

Diagnosed two weeks ago with “life threatening” latex allergy. I’m totally overwhelmed. It’s going to take me some time to learn the “lay of the land” of what I can and cannnot do. Grocery shopping, restaurants. Two days ago I had a reaction when I opened the clothes dryer door to check on a (still damp) cotton quilt. Would it have been caused by rubber/latex in the drier or door, the heat, moisture, and particles ? That shocked the heck out of me. Now I’m afraid to go into the shower for fear of having a reaction. Is there latex/rubber in the shower head. I’m so frightened……

Hi @nanochic and welcome to Connect. You may have noticed that I moved your post to the Skin Health group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/skin-conditions/) and the Lung Health group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/lung-conditions/) so that you can connect with others with similar conditions. Simply click VIEW & REPLY in your email notification to go to your post.

As you said, that must be frightening to be going through this. I wanted to share a few resources for you as you begin living with this allergy.

Mayo Clinic Latex Allergy: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/latex-allergy/symptoms-causes/syc-20374287
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: https://acaai.org/allergies/types/latex-allergy
Medline Managing Latex Allergy: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000500.htm

Back to you @nanochic what do your reaction symptoms look like?

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