Latex allergy occurs when the body's immune system reacts to proteins found in natural rubber latex.
Exposure to latex often results in contact dermatitis symptoms. However, in some individuals, latex allergy can trigger a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. If you suspect you have an allergy to latex, visit an allergist/immunologist to discuss the best prevention and treatment methods.
Natural rubber latex is a processed plant product used in the production of sterile gloves, balloons and condoms. It is derived almost exclusively from the sap of the tree Hevea brasiliensis found in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Certain fruits and vegetables (such as bananas, chestnuts, kiwi, avocado and tomato) can cause allergic symptoms in some latex-sensitive individuals. Synthetic products, including latex house paints, have not been shown to pose any hazard to latex-sensitive individuals.