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Latex Allergy


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#1 GlutenFreeAustinite

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:14 PM

So I've noticed my skin reacts to band-aids etc. We thought it was adhesive, but I tried latex free bandages (that still had adhesive) and no reaction. I've had problems with rubber gloves and other latex-containing products in the past. I know it's not related to gluten in any way, but is it a good idea to wear a medic alert bracelet when dealing with a latex allergy?

EDIT: I should probably also note: my reactions have typically been a band-aid shaped, itchy, red rash; sensitivity to sanitary pads, and itching of hands/other parts of skin that comes in contact with it, and after wearing rubber gloves containing latex (not extremely often) sinus issues.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:47 PM

You need to decide for yourself if your symptoms are severe enough to warrant an ID Bracelet....I love my Care one as it keeps all my allergies & medical history on a USB...so I can't forget some important issue....plus my throat swells instantly when I'm given morphine & several other drugs.. I added any illness such as celiac & raynauld's so everything about my medical history is on this ... Even who to call in an emergency...

For me had I not had life threating issues I would have not gotten the ID bracelet...
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 05:00 PM

I began having issues with latex in the same way. I personally choose not to wear a bracelet because my allergy is not life threatening, at least so far. I've heard though that people formerly only mildly allergic can suddenly develop life threatening reactions so while it wouldn't kill me to wear a bracelet, it might kill me not to. Apparently my oh-so-fun body decided it's allergic to penicillin. Yay!! Again, not life threatening (yet) but I've been rethinking my stance on the bracelet. I'm not really into the idea of being offed by a glove or antibiotic.

I'm also with Mamaw on this one. May as well go all the way and make sure that ALL of your medical information is available. Yes, it's important at a glance to be able to tell that someone has a life threatening allergy. But it is just as important that relevant medical information be available.
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#4 GlutenFreeAustinite

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 05:27 PM

Yeah, I think I might go with a bracelet just because I'm going off to college and I would hate to have something go wrong when I'm away from my parents/anyone who could advocate for me. My symptoms aren't life threatening, I don't think, but I'd hate to have it develop into something worse. As I'm gluten-intolerant, I don't think I need that on a medic alert bracelet because I'd rather deal with the symptoms of that than die in a life-threatening emergency. If I were to be diagnosed with any other autoimmune conditions, I would of course add that.

Stuff's making sense again: always itching after playing with rubber balls, wearing gloves, sanitary pads, appliques on shirts, etc.
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