At Elastoplast, we are constantly striving to increase our range of latex-free products and packaging. By 2021, the majority of the Elastoplast range will be genuinely latex-free. This change makes Elastoplast a frontrunner in genuinely latex-free products.
What is latex? Why does latex cause allergic reactions?
There are two types of latex allergy: type I and type IV.
- If a person with a type I latex allergy comes into contact with the material, it can immediately trigger a serious allergic reaction ranging from contact urticaria (localised swelling and redness similar to a bee-sting reaction) and extreme itchiness to asthma-like symptoms, a tight feeling across the chest and, in the most serious cases, anaphylaxis.
- Type IV is the more common – and far less serious – form of latex allergy. It usually manifests itself as contact dermatitis, with delayed onset from 12 to 48 hours after skin contact.
Latex allergies are more common in people who have existing allergies, such as hay fever and allergies to certain fruits and nuts. However, a type IV allergy to latex can develop into a type I allergy following prolonged or repeated exposure. This is why people who often wear personal protective equipment (PPE) containing latex are more likely to have a latex allergy.
Latex allergies require proper diagnoses, particularly in light of the potentially serious and life-threatening symptoms. If you think you may be allergic to latex, you should contact your doctor. They might perform a skin-prick test, take a blood sample for examination or both. People with a latex allergy can still live perfectly normal lives but do need to take special care to avoid the material.
The facts about Elastoplast latex-free products
Quite apart from allergy-related issues, removing latex from our products and packaging also has environmental benefits. Commercial cultivation of rubber trees is often environmentally unfriendly and involves the use of pesticides. A great deal of space is also required to accommodate the large trees.
By 2021, the majority of Elastoplast products and packaging will become latex-free. Our efforts are also continuing to reduce and remove the use of latex across our entire product range. By making these commitments and implementing these changes, Elastoplast is becoming a frontrunner in genuinely latex-free products.
Although compiled with great care, please note that the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products. For further information about our products, please contact us here.
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