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Latex Allergy and OtterBox

by Allergy Guy

Latex allergy symptoms are reported by some OtterBox users, but latex is not used to make OtterBox. The cause and solution are explained here.

If you have a latex allergy and you are very sensitive, you may find that you get typical symptoms from handling an OtterBox. Most likely this will happen when it is new and then drop off over time.

The reason for this is as follows: these products are handled with latex gloves during the manufacturing and packing processes. The OtterBoxes themselves are made from foamed silicone cord or butyl rubber, depending on the model, and with polycarbonate, so there is no latex in the OtterBox, but there may be latex on the OtterBox. As the latex gloves are used, they wear and rip; some of the latex can rub off on the product, or bits can tear off the gloves and be left behind.

The solution to reducing or eliminating this problem is to wash your OtterBox with warm water and mild soap or detergent. This should remove the latex residue and eliminate your latex allergy symptoms.

Have you experienced a latex allergy reaction to your OtterBox? What did you do about it? Please leave a comment.

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1 Kristi Ledbetter July 18, 2018 at 23:52

My daughter is allergic to latex, tree fruit and tree nuts. She had a reaction to “something” and I am trying to determine what. She has a somewhat new Otterbox Symmetry case. She is very bad about propping the phone against her lip, which is where her reaction was. Thoughts?


2 Elizabeth Hamman December 2, 2017 at 04:59

I’m going to clean my otterbox just in case, but I’ve never had an issue with latex before. My hand is covered in small, under skin blisters that are slowly rising to the surface of my palm and fingertips right where they come in contact with the case and plastic clip. I’ve never had this issue until I got my new phone and case.


3 Darrell Leone March 21, 2018 at 18:49

Hey there Elizabeth, I’m having the same problem it seems! Did you have any luck?


4 Ellerie July 9, 2018 at 13:55

Oh my goodness, I am having the same problem with underskin blisters on my fingers. Mine can erupt into full-blown blisters. My dermatologist was puzzled and tested my blood for so many things and came back with nothing.
Just put it together today that it could be my Otterbox. I’m taking it off immediately and seeing if it helps.


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