As much fun as balloons are for most everyone, regular latex balloons can be a problem for people who suffer from latex allergies. Like most allergies, depending on the person, reactions can range from mild to severe.
Latex allergy is a condition in which the immune system reacts to proteins found in natural rubber latex. In addition to balloons, latex is commonly used in a variety of medical products, such as gloves, syringes, and catheters, as well as in household products like rubber bands.
Depending on the severity of the allergy, symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include:
- Skin reactions such as itching, redness, and hives
- Respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, coughing, and wheezing
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea
- Anaphylaxis, which is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause difficulty breathing, a drop in blood pressure, and shock.
If you suspect you may have a latex allergy, it is important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. Treatment may include avoiding latex products and using alternative materials, as well as medications to manage symptoms if necessary. In severe cases, emergency treatment may be needed to prevent anaphylaxis.
If you plan to send balloons to someone you know is allergic to latex be sure and tell us when you place your order. We’ll create a balloon arrangement with plenty of “wow” factor using non-latex materials.