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Products Containing Latex

by Allergy Guy

Here is a partial list of products that contain latex.

If you know of anything that is missing from this list, please leave a comment with your suggestions.

  • Adhesive tape
  • Baby-bottle nipples
  • Balloons
  • Bandages
  • Condoms
  • Clothing (in some cases, especially if it has an elastic)
  • Diapers
  • Elastic bands
  • Foot wear (e.g. cork beds)
  • Pacifiers
  • Pet toys
  • Rubber gloves (especially medical)
  • Sanitary pads
  • Tire dust (especially residents living near a busy road)
  • Under garments
  • Self-Seal Envelopes
  • Napkin Wraps
  • Currency Wraps
  • Protective Wrapping Materials
  • Bandage Wraps
  • Candy Wrappers
  • Medical Packaging
  • Luggage Tags
  • Apparel Wraps
  • Halloween Masks
  • Flexible toys
  • Halloween props & special effects
  • Doll Bodies
  • Architectural Restoration
  • Manufactured Stone Veneer
  • Ornamental Concrete / Statuary
  • Wax Candle Making
  • Plaster Statuary

Note that according to my research, synthetic latex, such as is found in latex-based house paints, is not known to cause allergic reactions(1). This is disputed by at least one person who has left a comment below.


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1: College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

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Self-Seal Envelopes
Napkin Wraps
Currency Wraps
Protective Wrapping Materials
Bandage Wraps
Candy Wrappers
Medical Packaging
Luggage Tags
Apparel Wraps
Halloween Masks
Flexible toys
Halloween props & special effects
Doll Bodies
Architectural Restoration
Manufactured Stone Veneer
Ornamental Concrete / Statuary
Wax Candle Making
Plaster Statuary
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1 Martha R July 4, 2018 at 16:58

Some strapless bras contain latex along the inside of the band to prevent slippage. I have one from Victoria’s Secret that I love because it fits so perfectly, but I am in agony within an hour of putting it on.

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2 Robert Swafford January 14, 2018 at 12:16

I have experienced over several years that tennis shoes or any linings of man-made material contain latex or other allergy causing Fabrics. A notable decline in the way I feel soon after I put them on. I believe a great number of people who become sick do not realize what is causing her illness. I believe this is more serious than the average person knows. Also polyester shirts the soft material has an immediate effect on the way I feel so I avoid them

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3 Melanie February 10, 2018 at 06:56

Hi Robert,
I agree with your statement regarding that a great deal of people who get sick do not know what is causing their illness. That was the case with me. For years I was treated for seasonal allergies and then sinus issues and even having the doctor pat me on the back saying you are getting older and sometimes as we age we develop allergies. The advice I can give anyone who has had repeated contact or exposure to repeated natural latex is to ask the doctor to write an order for labs (IgE) to check to see if you have a latex allergy. As far as the polyester there are natural and synthetic processes in making polyester. One they use cutin of plant cuticles and the synthetic is polybutyrate. Some polyesters are spun together with natural fibers to produce a blended cloth. Ususally you will see polyester/cotton blend. You could be allergic to the synthetic content in polyester or even an added natural fiber. It is difficult to know exactly what we are getting today because most things are imported from other countries.

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4 Melinda McCanless November 3, 2017 at 01:25

Hi my name is Mel I found out about
20 + years ago I was allergic reaction to working in the health care, it started just a few bumps,the DRC. NURSE told me it was the powder in the gloves,well I got worse, it went from a few bumps to a rash to having asthma attacks,then she called me to her office she said that she’d have to let me go and she gave me the # to a pyschratic Dr. Well I had to have emergency surgery I told the Dr. I thought I was allergic to latex he said no. Well I woke up in ICU. MOM said I was one BIG welt every where that latex touch me ( everywhere) !!! I was the 1st person in our town and area to have THIS. So there it lays. There is still SO much latex around you have to read everything.even if says sentive, unless it says NO LATEX!!Do Not use it !!!

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5 Melanie November 20, 2017 at 09:18

Hi Melinda,
I am sorry to hear of your sensitization of natural latex and sorry that you were sent to a psychiatrist for a life threatening allergy. I also acquired mine from repeated exposure to latex gloves during nursing career. It is a very challenging restricting Allergy one that can isolate and debilitate you. Yes, there are 40 thousand plus products made of natural latex or have it mixed or blended in with other non latex materials. It is vital that you carry your EpiPens with you at all times. The warning on products for example medical items will say does not contain natural latex. Sometimes it is that small you need a magnifying glass to see it! Even then proceed with caution.

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6 Leigh February 17, 2017 at 21:55

Do the outer cases of Otter Boxes contain latex? I have a latex allergy and every time I get near an Otter Box, I feel as if I my eyes are swelling and become very congested, then the sneezing begins. I can’t find any latex info on them. Thanks!

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7 Melanie March 20, 2017 at 08:43

Hi Leigh,
I also called Otter Box due to feeling the same symptoms you felt as my husband uses one and Otter boxes are latex free, but they are handled with latex gloves in the manufacturing- packing process. Try washing yours several times in soapy water and rinsing it. It seemed to help somewhat.

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8 Cindy louis September 17, 2016 at 06:47

I like to crochet, I’ve noticed lately that sone yarn really irritates my hands and itches. Is acrylic related to latex?

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9 Allergy Guy December 11, 2016 at 21:24

Acrylic is not related to latex as far as I know, but is it possibly not pure acrylic? Maybe it has to do with the dye or coatings. I especially noticed you said some yarn, so if some acrylic yarn is OK and other acrylic yarn is not, I’d say it isn’t the acrylic.

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10 janice horton August 18, 2016 at 15:02

Does my ointment Clobetasol Propionate 0.05% have latex in it?

Janice Horton

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11 Melanie December 12, 2016 at 09:06

Greetings Janice,
In regards to your question if Clobetasol Propionate contains latex I looked at the ingredients in the creme/ointment and did not see any natural latex. This ointment is synthetic corticosteroid, but it does contain several other ingredients none of which look like it would have natural latex in it. To be safe I would contact the pharmaceutical firm listed on the medicine itself and ask them. I see this question was asked back in August and hopefully you received an answer by now.

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12 Vince Fuentes January 16, 2016 at 23:44

Can anyone help me find latex-free nasal strips?

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13 Lois September 14, 2015 at 13:36

Does polyester contain latex? I just found out the hard way that contacts do.

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14 Allergy Guy January 16, 2016 at 21:50

No, polyester has nothing to do with latex. However it is possible that a single product could contain both.

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15 sheri January 25, 2015 at 23:51

Aloe Vera & other plant extracts that they put in natural cosmetics & shampoos & conditioners. I’m allergic to soy too & some natural mascara contains either plant extracts or soy wax. Also, shea butter has latex in it too

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16 Hannah December 3, 2014 at 19:42

Does clothing contain latex?? Or is spandex the same or around the same as latex??

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17 Melanie December 10, 2014 at 10:50

Greetings,
In regard to Hannah’s question about clothing containing latex- yes some clothing does contain natural latex.

This comment has been turned into an article. See Latex in Clothing article for rest of comment.

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18 Rosey January 10, 2015 at 18:42

The dust and off gassing of the paints is in the air. I don’t care whether it is natural or synthetic. The paint is a sticky gooey formula that is sprayed or rolled into the air when the paint is applied. It sticks in the airways of those who have an environmental disease where they react to chemicals in the air. Do not tell us that paint does not put something into the air that is harmful to many people. Also there is latex in clothing, it is in the new labels being stamped into clothing, it is often used on the labels sewn into clothing, it is used on t-shirts for the lettering and logos. It is used in many stoppers on the medication vials. Many react when the needles is inserted to the vial, the medicine is drawn, little latex particles line the needle and then it is injected into the person receiving the medicine. That person has a reaction by getting a very sore arm, butt, or thigh. Often they get stiff necks from it. So the rule is at my clinic, advise all medical staff to wipe the needle clean with an alcohol swab or to switch the needle after the medicine is drawn.

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19 Melanie February 6, 2015 at 11:32

I would like to comment on giving medication per injection and the use of rubber stoppers. The CDC says assessing risk/benefit ratio is what you have to do. The AANA(American Association of Nurse Anesthetists) on the other hand says remove stoppers, but there is a risk. I request ampule ( a sealed glass capsule containing the liquid) if possible and there is no stopper involved. Also never in my nursing career did we ever wipe a needle clean with an alcohol swab and use that needle to inject ever. That could cause contamination to your sterile needle. Also switching the needle would be fine except there is already latex particles in the fluid from previous multidosage vials. One time dose vial perhaps there would not be as many particles in the fluid, but it is a risk.

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20 Allergy Guy February 13, 2015 at 12:43

Some good points most people wouldn’t think of, thanks Melanie!

21 Lois September 14, 2015 at 13:37

Does Nylon contain latex?

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22 Allergy Guy January 16, 2016 at 21:50

No, Nylon has nothing to do with latex. However it is possible that a single product could contain both.

23 Loni Brockett May 28, 2014 at 00:35

House paints definitely cause allergic reactions when wet and newly dried

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24 Marinell Smith April 25, 2014 at 16:46

I have to live in rentals and apartments. These people who manage/own these places, either houses or apts. do not want to hear it, and none of them are about to comply. What also amazes me is that they don’t want you painting it most of the time, here in Texas, even if it is a muted unwild color, no one knows why. For us allergic people, life becomes a nightmare, especially if there is not money to buy a home.

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25 Amy July 7, 2013 at 10:17

Latex paint can also emit formaldehyde, which is very irritating to many people with allergies. I am allergic to both latex and formaldehyde and cannot be in a room that has been painted for several weeks after, unless it has been aired out really well.

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26 Kelly Kyle November 19, 2012 at 14:36

Hi, Do you know if plastic drinking straws or sandwich baggies have latex in the materials? Thank you.

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27 Debra A Whitemaine November 19, 2012 at 16:33

Best thing to do is contact the manufacturer. I know the Ziplock is latex free and that is what I use. I purchased stainless steel drinking straws that can be reused from Life without Plastic.

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28 Andrea October 31, 2012 at 18:23

I would go back to the store ASAP! I was “reassured” that the latex used in beds was both frozen (?) to the degree of neutralizing the proteins that cause reactions and that the latex was “contained”. I refused to try it. If you try a matress cover, I would go with a highend allergy specialized versions. Go through Good Housekekepings Besst Anti Allergy Bedding for guidance. Good Luck.

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29 Melanie November 1, 2012 at 13:23

In regards to mattresses and Latex. I put all new mattresses Latex free in our vacation home soon to be our permanent residence. They are Stearns & Foster and also there is another brand I cannot remember at this time. It really makes a difference in how you feel. I have a thick bed cover over the Latex ones right now in our present home and I am careful when I change the covers every week to wash them. I open windows and I actually wear nitrile gloves. The mattresses were more expensive, but worth it being Latex free.

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30 Lauren October 25, 2012 at 14:13

I did not mention that I have a severe allergy that causes severe illness and has caused severe cellulitis, eg. two months antibiotic intaveneously. The doctor says my skin may never heal but actually two years later I only have two bad patches left. The cuprit was crocs followed by a walking shoe that had an EVA footbed.

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31 lisa manvydas June 11, 2015 at 01:15

Hi,

are you allergic to latex? Is EVA allergy different than latex? or do they cross react? I’m trying to find out why my son reacted to some Old Navy flip flops made of EVA, I think he is allergic to black foam and latex.

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32 Lauren October 25, 2012 at 14:05

EVA aka Croslite is found in Crocs and the majority of shoes, either in the sole or footbed. I called Dr. Scholl’s to see if a pair of shoes with their insole was safe to wear. All of their stuff is polyurethane.

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33 Andrea October 26, 2012 at 18:56

Watch out for natural “cork beds” in birkenstocks and allegras, infused with latex, even if the latex if not touching but not sealed in the particles start breaking down and being released. With birkies I broke out after 2-3 weeks of wearing for work, with the allegra clogs ( nursing and office) I did not react directly on skin, ran into problems with breathing, like carrying a bunch of balloons. Good luck and watch out for shoes!!!!!!

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34 Bronwyn Mclaren September 5, 2012 at 06:01

Please could some one help me…my daughter is allergic to latex gloves, blue powder paint and plasters….I’ve been told it could be due to the fact that all apperently contain xantham gum? I’m not sure….as there are alot of products out there that she eats with xantham gum in them that dont cause an allergic reaction. Any help woud be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Bronwyn McLaren

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35 Andrea September 11, 2012 at 19:20

The problem with all of the “gums” is not a direct reaction because of being latex based or vise verus but it is related to the latex family. The large amount of foods now containing the various types of gums are the problem in oversensitizing people to it without being aware that it is even in the food. They are are “all natural” and cheap. Moderate if you can the amount in the diet and watch for possible problems coming from a variety of foods. Always go back over food labels many of the “safe” items were again causing problems because of changees made igredients.

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36 Allergy Guy September 11, 2012 at 22:44

If you’re right about that, then those on a gluten free diet will be especially at risk since gums are essential to replacing gluten in baking.

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37 Debra A Whitemaine September 12, 2012 at 08:32

I was told recently that “gums” has share a similar chemical make-up to latex. I hope that I have interpreted and explained it correctly. I receive NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) treatments and my practitioner is very knowledgable in immunology and nutrition. I have a latex allergy among many others. Her research has found that many vegetables/fruits have a similar makeup to the rubber tree and our body misidentifies them as a latex item. Also is true with the “gum” family. So she is treating for all these items before treating me directly for latex. With hopes to remove little bits of the allergen before attempting latex.

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38 Laurie May 29, 2014 at 11:07

How did the clearing of these allergens go? I am going to a Natropathic doctor now and saw a great improvement but have not gotten to latex yet? We did find some foods have been retriggered once we started eating them again. Hope you are doing well. Just curious if anyone has ever really been able to get rid of this horrible allergy. I have type 1 and 4

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39 Jessica September 2, 2012 at 08:06

Paint does NOT contain latex rubber. Latex paints are water based, unlike other paints that are oil based.
Excerpt from Wikipedia on paint:
” Latex paint is a water-borne dispersion of sub-micrometre polymer particles. The term “latex” in the context of paint simply means an aqueous dispersion; latex rubber (the sap of the rubber tree that has historically been called latex) is not an ingredient.”

It is the multiple chemical ingredients that trigger reactions in people. Similar to gas fumes. Gas fumes will also set off asthma, trigger migraines, etc. Not because of an
allergy, but because of the fumes.

If you buy the no VOC, low odor paints such as Behr’s new paints (which are 100% acrylic) you will greatly reduce symptoms.
Oil based paints have an extremely strong smell, and if you have reactions to paint you should avoid these.

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40 Allergy Guy September 3, 2012 at 12:47

Thanks for that Jessica

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41 Woozabelle September 3, 2012 at 14:05

My allergist told me that the ingredients in synthetic latex are in latex paint. While it is not natural rubber latex, some folks are allergic to both natural and synthetic, as am I. When I am around it, I not only get breathing/ asthma-like issues, my eyes get itchy and red as well as my skin.

As a side note, Wikipedia is not terribly reliable for factual information as it is user-based. People sometimes think they know a lot more than they really do. 🙂

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42 Melissa Heflin November 27, 2012 at 18:07

I completely agree with you Woozabelle!THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE WHO CAN HAVE A SEVERE REACTION TO LATEX FROM INHALING THE LATEX PAINTS!
I was just released from the hospital after 4 days in the Cardiac ICU for a severe allergic reaction to inhaling the latex paint. Although it is uncommon, it is possible. I am a pretty healthy 32 year old. I found out a long time ago i was allergic to latex, but never thought that the paint would matter, until I came close to death this last week because of painting.
Please Please Please do not assume you are not allergic to both types, unless you absolutely know for sure. Also, I had used latex paints in the past without a reaction, but my body changed, and I had the worst allergic reaction of my life. Now I have to carry an EPIPEN with me for life.

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43 Melanie November 28, 2012 at 20:00

Greetings,
I am confused regarding this discussion about Latex paint. My understanding is Latex paints used today are synthetic and they do not contain natural Latex from the rubber tree although people can be allergic to the synthetic ingredients. I even spoke with a painter today that said he will double check the tinting placed in the paint to make sure no natural Latex goes into that color since I am looking at having my rooms painted. Normally I do the painting, but I find having a Type 1 Latex allergy I am hesitant because maybe it makes me more prone to other allergies besides the Latex. I’m not sure regarding the paint. I am sorry for your terrible reaction Melissa and I hope you feel better. I have had several ER visits for anaphylaxis and it is very scary.

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