(HealthDay News) -- Among people with a latex allergy, exposure to the material can lead to a serious -- potentially deadly -- reaction.
The American Latex Allergy Association suggests you take these precautions if you have a latex allergy:
Wear medic alert identification.
Always carry with you any prescribed allergy medications, non-latex gloves and a letter of explanation from your allergist.
Make sure your health-care providers, family, friends and co-workers know about your allergy.
Avoid items typically made with latex, such as balloons, condoms and rubber gloves.
Talk to your allergist about how to avoid hidden sources of latex, such as foods prepared by people wearing latex gloves.