Latex allergies

Products made of natural rubber latex may cause a reaction if you have latex allergies. Beware of the warnings!

As part of the toy safety testing requirements, products that contain rubber latex must carry the warning:

"WARNING! Contains natural rubber latex"

Although not mandatory, you will also sometimes see a latex symbol. Bear in mind, though, that not all latex symbols are the same.

 

The one illustrated here is a common one and you can see it on a packaging of products containing natural rubber latex, such as balloons or rubber gloves. This symbol is not to be used on ‘synthetic rubber’ products.

Latex symbol

How do I know if I have a latex allergy?

Most people who have a latex allergy or are sensitized to latex will likely be aware.

 

Did you know that latex allergies can also be brought on by certain natural latex containing foods, such as bananas, avocados or even tomatoes?

The warning signs of latex allergy include prior allergic reactions after contact with balloons or rubber gloves, or unexplained allergic reactions during a medical or dental procedure.

If you think you have a latex allergy, please seek medical assistance - do not ignore it!

Did you know?

According to medical experts:

Documented cases 

There are no known cases linking protein sensitisation or allergies to latex balloons that have been evidenced or documented worldwide.

Fatal reactions

 

Exposure to balloons have never led to anaphylactic shock or a fatal reaction.

Source: Prof. Allmers, University of Osnabruck,

Germany. Occupational medical expert.