Conclusion to Understanding Latex Sensitivity Allergies

Today, latex is still prevalent and can be seen in various household goods. Latex condoms are such an example. Even though latex allergies are viewed as a valid concern, it is not required to warn the public of the effects of prolonged contact to latex. One rationale is that the general population does not come into contact with latex enough to be at serious risk to latex.  Hospital environments are another story.

At present, 2007, more and more hospitals are consciously making the move to go into a latex-free environment. Market trends show the usage of latex gloves declining as synthetic alternatives increase. This is supported by Kimberly-Clark’s, a major glove manufacturer, decision to exit the latex exam glove business on October 2007. Over the years, technology has improved to make synthetic examination gloves viable if not better alternatives to traditional latex version. Hospitals are finding vinyl and nitrile gloves to become preferable as their staff become receptive to introducing a latex-free environment.

Although concern for latex allergies is more controlled today, patients will need to be continually educated regarding the risks of latex. Everyone will always be at risk of being or becoming sensitive to latex. Until latex is removed from this world, the risk will always exist. It is important to always consider latex-free alternatives to promote a healthier environment for everyone.


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