Latex Fact Sheet

Latex is a substance found in a tropical rubber tree that is commonly used in a wide variety of products from balloons and gloves to pacifiers and rubber bands. In addition, many medical and dental supplies contain latex. Non-latex substitutes can be found for all items containing latex.

Symptoms of a Latex Allergy

Although latex allergies are not common, reactions after an exposure may range from mild to severe. Symptoms of an adverse reaction to latex include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Coughing, sneezing, or runny nose
  • Rash or hives
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or wheezing
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid or weak pulse
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Anaphylactic shock