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American Latex Allergy Association

"School Safety Guidelines For Latex-Allergic Students" 2ND Edition

In response to numerous queries from schools, the American Latex Allergy
Association has released the 2nd Edition of the resource manual titled
"School Safety Guidelines For Latex-Allergic Students." This 91-page
manual contains resources to educate and assist school personnel as they
strive to create a latex-safe learning environment.


Natural rubber latex is produced from the sap of the Malaysian rubber
tree, Hevea brasiliensis, and is a component in over 40,000 medical and
household products. Some individuals who have repeated exposure can
develop an allergic response to the proteins in natural rubber latex,
resulting in symptoms ranging from mild to life threatening. Symptoms of
natural rubber latex allergy can include skin rashes, nasal congestion,
itchy or teary eyes, facial swelling, chest tightness, and/or breathing
difficulty. Individuals with a severe natural rubber latex allergy can
experience anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal allergic response.


Certain students are at higher risk for developing latex allergy,
including those with a history of other allergies (atopy); a history of
Spina Bifida; a history of frequent urogenital surgeries and/or
catheterizations; a history of other frequent surgeries; and a history
of certain food allergies, such as banana, kiwi, avocado, chestnut,
passion fruit, celery, and melon. The medical community uses
preventative latex precautions when treating these students, and
latex-safe protocols should be used in the school environment, even if
symptoms are not present, in order to prevent the development of a latex
allergy.


"School Safety Guidelines For Latex-Allergic Students" contains
information about the prevalence and risk factors for latex allergy;
suggested guidelines for creating a latex-safe school; sample school
policies and forms; state and national legislation; position statements
from the National Association of School Nurses and the American Academy
of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; a latex-free school alternative
products list and other product resources; and educational articles.

The cost is $45.00 per manual.

Log onto
www.latexallergyresources.org to purchase a copy.