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
- Runny nose
- Swelling and itching on contact
- Respiratory distress (in extreme
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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