LATEX & DIETARY LATEX

Natural rubber latex is derived from the latex sap of the rubber tree and is used to manufacture a wide range of household and medical products.

Symptoms of a latex reaction can include hives, contact dermatitis, rhinitis (sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes), wheezing, headaches, abdominal cramps and even anaphylaxis.

Some people who have an adverse reaction to latex can also react to certain foods which contain a protein which is similar to a specific protein found in latex.

The following list is only a guide:

HOUSEHOLD

CLOTHING & SHOES

MEDICAL

FOODS WITH LATEX-LIKE PROTEINS

Balloons

Band aids

Bandages

Baby bottle teats

Baby pacifers

Diaphragms

Condoms

Sanitary and inconitinence pads

Buttons on electrical equipment eg tv remote

Mouse pads and mouse

Elastic bands

Dishwashing & gardening gloves

Rubber handles eg cricket or tennis racquets, gardening tools

Erasers / rubbers

Mattresses

Carpet underlay

Rubber toys eg dog toys and balls or bath toys

Halloween / dress up masks

 

Shoe soles eg Converse

Elastic in underwear

Elastic in clothing eg spandex

Swimsuits

Nappies

Surgical adhesive tape

Facemasks

Band aids

Bandages

Bulb syringes

Dental equipment

Electrode pads

Surgical gloves

Mattresses

PCA syringes

Root canal sealant

Rubber syringe stoppers

Stethoscope and blood pressure cuff tubing

Tourniquets

Urinary catheters

Wound drains

High level **

Moderate *

 

Avocado **

Banana**

Kiwifruit**

Chestnut**

Passionfruit**

Apple *

Carrots *

Celery *

Melons *

Papaya *

Potato *

Tomato *

Apricot

Cherries

Figs

Grapes

Hazelnuts

Mango

Nectarines

Peaches

Peanuts

Pear

Pineapple

Plum

Rye

Soybean

Strawberries

Walnuts