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Products Containing Latex

The prevalence of Latex

Latex can be found in both obvious and less conspicuous products in both home and medical settings. It is important to be aware of these items and use or avoid them appropriately to avoid adverse reactions is patients and practitioners with latex allergies.

Becoming familiar with the following lists will help you to limit exposure to latex if you have a latex allergic patient or caregiver.

In a medical setting

General Medical-Surgical

  • Adhesive tape
  • Anesthesia, ventilator
  • Bed protectors (rubber)
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Bulb syringes, e.g., feeding
  • Catheters: condom (indwelling urinary)
  • Circuits, bags
  • Elastic bandages
  • Electrode pads
  • Endotracheal tubing
  • Examination gloves
  • Face masks and straps
  • Gloves
  • Hemodialyzers
  • IV access: injection ports, bags, burterol ports, some needleless systems, adapters
  • Oxygen masks, cannulas
  • Reservoir breathing bags
  • Stethoscope tubing
  • Suction catheters
  • Syringes
  • Tourniquets
  • Urinary catheters, bags, straps
  • Venous/arterial catheters
  • Wheelchair tires

Anesthesia

  • Breathing circuits
  • Endotracheal tubes
  • Epidural catheter injection adapters
  • Induction masks
  • Nasal-pharyngeal airways
  • Teeth protectors
  • Ventilator bellows
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Dental

  • Bite blocks
  • Dental dams
  • Orthodontic elastic bands
  • Prophylaxis cups

In the home

General household products

  • Adhesive glues (e.g., self tape adhesive envelopes)
  • Art supplies: some paints, erasers
  • Automobile tires and floor mats
  • Balloons
  • Balls: koosh balls, tennis balls
  • Bicycle handle bar grips
  • Carpet backing
  • Computer mouse pads
  • Condoms; diaphragms
  • Cosmetic sponges
  • Crutchtips (axial pads, hand grips)
  • Diapers and rubber pants
  • Elastic on underwear, socks, clothing
  • Electric cords
  • Erasers
  • Handles on racquets and tools
  • Nipples and pacifiers
  • Raincoats
  • Rubber bands
  • Rubber gym floors
  • Rubber toys (old Barbie dolls)
  • Scuba equipment
  • Telephone receiver headrests
  • Toothbrush handles with rubber strips
  • Utility/kitchen gloves
  • Water toys, thongs, ear plugs, swim goggles
  • Zippered plastic storage bags