Latex

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Allergic reactions to latex and products containing latex can be serious. Dozens of people have died due to latex allergies and thousands more suffer each year. It is estimated that over 950,000 people are "latex sensitive." Such sensitivity to latex can cause reactions ranging from mild skin and eye irritations to potentially fatal respiratory problems. Unfortunately, latex products surround us, with healthcare professionals the most frequently exposed group. Of course, latex can be found outside of medical facilities. For instance, many household products may contain latex such as gloves, toys, carpeting, balloons and rubber bands to name a few.

In the early 1990s government agencies began investigating the latex industry. The investigations revealed dozens of injuries and deaths, many occurring in hospital settings where patients allergic to latex became exposed to the medical devices containing the substance. Additionally, lawsuits have accused the latex industry of manufacturing defective products. It has been determined that latex manufacturers fail to properly wash latex products before they leave the assembly line. If properly cleansed, latex products contain less of the dangerous substance and thus pose less of a risk to those sensitive to latex.

If you have had a serious allergic reaction to latex, it may be important to seek medical attention. In addition, contacting an attorney may assist you in protecting your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Allergies: Overview
  3. Breathing: Overview
  4. Ear, Nose, & Throat Disorders
  5. Eye Disorders
  6. Shock
  7. Skin Disorders: Overview
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