Foods And Items To Avoid If You Are Allergic To Latex

475438510By definition, latex is a milky fluid derived from rubber trees and is used to make various latex products. Certain foods also contain the same protein and can cause cross-reactions in individuals who have latex allergies. Dealing with cross-reactive foods is tricky; you may be fine the first day you eat the food, but react the next time.

These foods contain enzymes (for instance chitinases in bananas, chestnuts, and avocado) that are associated with latex-fruit allergy syndrome. So if you have latex allergy, you are likely to be allergic to some of these foods. What’s more, processing some of these foods with ethylene gas increases these enzymes; so organic foods that are not treated with gas have considerably fewer allergy-causing compounds.

Waiting for a few days before reaping the same food can help reduce reactions and allow symptoms to show clearly. Here is list of some of the common cross reactive foods for people with latex allergy.

Latex Reactive Foods

  • Banana
  • Chestnut
  • Avocado
  • Potato
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Grape
  • Tomato
  • Kiwi
  • Celery

You may also consider testing: Broccoli, Apples, Spinach, Legumes, beans, Spices, cinnamon, mint, Mango, Squash family, and pumpkins.

Other disposables and everyday items that we use also contain latex and may affect people with latex allergies. Here is a list of some items that contain latex:

Items That Contain Latex

Balloons, sanitary pads, toothpaste, toothbrushes, racquet handles, water bottles, chewing gum, Carpeting, rubber bands, freezer bags, cling wrap, swim goggles, bandages, stickers, shoes socks, disposable diapers, dental dams Cuffs and waistbands, underwear, bras , Postage stamps, computer mouse pads, condoms & diaphragms, baby bottle nipples, pacifiers, erasers, pens, school supplies, toys, vaccines, bike & motorcycle hand grips, dishwashing gloves, and medical supplies (such as surgical masks, stethoscopes, vial stoppers blood pressure cuffs, electrode pads, intravenous tubing, and syringes).

By and large, there is so much to watch as far latex exposure elimination is concerned. Allergy experts recommend wearing EpiPen belt for quick access to life saving medications.

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