Latex is a natural rubber made from the milky sap of the Brazilian rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis. Latex is used in a wide variety of products including medical gloves and IV tubing. Similar proteins are even found in popular foods. An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance as if it were an invader, such as a virus or bacteria.
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“Killer” balloons – the truth about living with latex allergy
Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex, a product made from the rubber tree. If you have a latex allergy, your body mistakes latex for a harmful substance. Latex allergy may cause itchy skin and hives or even anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause throat swelling and severe difficulty breathing.
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