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Latex Allergies

Due to frequent surgeries and treatments that involve repeated exposure to latex products, people with spina bifida are at an increased risk for developing a latex allergy. Reactions can range from:

  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling and itching on contact
  • Respiratory distress (in extreme cases)

It is important for all people with Spina Bifida to avoid latex products when possible. Avoiding latex products will minimize the risk of developing the allergy.

Many medical products such as IV tubing, surgical gloves, bandages, respirators, stethoscope tubing contain latex. Upon request, many non-latex alternatives are available. Some examples of non-medical products that contain latex are balloons, chewing gum, rubber bands, toys, wheelchair cushions, wheelchair tires, disposable diapers, pacifiers, plants, bath mats, etc.


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