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A 43-year-old member asked:

can anybody help me find latex-free gloves?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Call around: If you cannot find them at a large chain pharmacy, try one of the smaller family owned pharmacies as their owners are often more willing to "go the distance." amazon.Com has several brands of latex free, often called "nitrile" exam gloves, usually in boxes of 100 and in sizes from small to x-large for under 11 dollars a box. About what i pay for the office from medical supply vendors.

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Is there latex in spandex?

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No: Spandex is a synthetic fiber which by itself does not contain latex. However, the finished products, garments do have latex added to them. If one has a latex allergy, spandex is not safe.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

If I don't work with latex, would it be unusual for me to be allergic to it?

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Yes: A certain degreet of exposure to a protein has to occur before an allergy to it develops. This is the case with latex allergy; it is found most commonly in people that work with latex regularly such as rubber industry workers or health care professionals. Sometimes exposure is not obvious and may be hidden & an allergy ensues. If you suspect a latex allergy, an allergist may be able to help.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Could latex balloons cause me to get headaches and get sick?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Possibly: Some people are have allergic reactions to latex, getting allergy symptoms of rash, breathing difficulty, itchiness, headaches, fatigue, etc. Additionally, some people are sensitive to the powder found on latex products. Reactions to the powder can be similar to the reaction to the latex. Seek the help of your family doctor or allergist for possible testing.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is any kind of rubber latex free?

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Yes: For instance, there are "rubber" gloves made from vinyl, nitrile rubber or neoprene.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: latex?

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Rubber: Latex is a substance derived from certain plants, which is used to make rubber products, especially gloves. Since it is a natural plant product, it contains many proteins, which some people may be allergic to.

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