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#154030 - 11/02/08 11:29 PM allergies to latex packaging
kirbysdl Offline
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Registered: 09/24/08
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Hi, I asked this on EDCF but it just went off topic. Everyone from J&J to Curad to Nexcare has bandage/pad/dressing packaging that contains Latex. For example, normal cloth J&J Bandaids, Waterproof Nexcare bandages, and Curad 3x4 Telfa-like nonadherent pads.

The key is that the actualy product (e.g. the dressing) doesn't have latex, but the paper wrapper is sealed with a latex-bearing substance.

So the question is, what are the risks of using such products with a latex-sensitive person? If the wrapper is kept away from the patient, what's the risk of a reaction?

I don't know anyone with a latex allergy, but apparently they're on the rise. I was trying to keep my FAK totally latex-free, but if I have to exclude latex-bearing packaging, I'm excluding a lot of possibilities.


Edited by kirbysdl (11/02/08 11:29 PM)

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#154042 - 11/03/08 01:49 AM Re: allergies to latex packaging [Re: kirbysdl]
MDinana Offline
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Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2184
Loc: Deep south... Carolina
i would think you could contact the companies and ask what they have in latex-free items and packaging.

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#154046 - 11/03/08 02:39 AM Re: allergies to latex packaging [Re: MDinana]
GoatRider Offline
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Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 817
Loc: Maple Grove, MN
For someone who is highly allergic to latex, it doesn't take much. I would think latex in the wrapper could make a bandage unusable to someone like that.
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#154059 - 11/03/08 04:28 AM Re: allergies to latex packaging [Re: GoatRider]
kirbysdl Offline
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Registered: 09/24/08
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Thanks, I have a pretty good idea for what's available in non-latex-bearing packaging, but I'm wondering what happens when an allergic person uses the other stuff. Ideally it wouldn't be a problem as long as the person handling the wrapper isn't latex-allergic.

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#154066 - 11/03/08 11:38 AM Re: allergies to latex packaging [Re: kirbysdl]
wildman800 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2800
Loc: La-USA
Greetings,

I just spent a couple of hours looking for latex free items.

Latex packaging is a no-no to me because the latex proteins have most likely contaminated the product. The latex proteins are the source of the allergic reaction.

My DW is the one who is allergic and this causes a major problem where surgery is concerned. We actually ordered latex free bandage wraps to send into surgery with her. These were used in conjunction with cotton 4x4 sponges to cover her incisions.

In regards to surgery, expect to be asked several times by nurses, anesthetists, assistants, etc about the severity of your latex allergy symptoms. The nurses seem to have a code irt this phenomenon, which means that they think you are full of crap!!!. I had a "serious chat" with each one asking, that there would be NO latex in my DW's surgery, especially with the anesthetist. "Or else we would be having a much more serious CHAT" afterwards. Yes, I was nice but very firm on that surgery.

We have had none of the complications that she experienced last time around!!


Edited by wildman800 (11/03/08 11:39 AM)
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#154080 - 11/03/08 02:29 PM Re: allergies to latex packaging [Re: wildman800]
kirbysdl Offline
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Registered: 09/24/08
Posts: 20
Originally Posted By: wildman800
Latex packaging is a no-no to me because the latex proteins have most likely contaminated the product.


That's useful. Thanks!

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#154113 - 11/03/08 05:11 PM Re: allergies to latex packaging [Re: kirbysdl]
KG2V Offline

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Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
I know that almost all the wound care stuff I get now is in latex free packaging, or if they are using latex, they state so "Product latex free, packaging contains latex" - it's usually packages that have "easy peel" - the stuff you have to rip/cut is usually latex free - I guess it's the rubber cement
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#154144 - 11/03/08 08:33 PM Re: allergies to latex packaging [Re: KG2V]
nursemike Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
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Loc: wellington, fl
Latex-free products courtesy of the American Latex Allergy Association.

Complicated stuff, rare allergy, and very confusing for providers.
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