A latex allergy is a reaction to proteins found in natural rubber latex.
Natural rubber latex comes from the sap of the rubber tree. A child with a latex allergy will have a reaction, such as hives or itching, when they come in contact the sap’s proteins, either through direct contact or inhalation (breathing in particles).
Latex is a common element in many medical and dental supplies such as bandages, catheters or gloves. It is also found in everyday products including athletic shoes, balloons, clothing waistbands and pacifiers.
The exact cause of latex allergies is unknown. However, it is thought that some children with medical conditions or sensitives – or those that have a family history of them – are more likely to also have a latex allergy. These include: