Latex allergies received a great deal of recognition between the years of 1988 and 1992 when 15 deaths came about, along with over 1,000 other reports of adverse health effects due to exposure to latex. Current estimates, according to the United States Department of Labor: Occupational Health and Safety Administration (otherwise known as OSHA), are that 8 to 12 percent of healthcare workers suffer from some degree of latex sensitivity.
The Prevalence of Allergies in the United States
In the United States, allergies comprise the fifth leading chronic disease for people of all ages. And, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the rank increases to become the third most common chronic disease in the U.S. for children under the age of 18. Common allergies include seasonal, pet, mold, chemical, dust, and more. If you suffer from severe allergies, you know how careful you must be when selecting bedding, carpeting, and even window coverings for your room.
For many people, spring is a welcome sight after a cold and dreary winter. For allergy sufferers though, the sight of blooming flowers, budding trees, and green grass is greeted with less of a warm-and-fuzzy welcome. The sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, congestion, sinus pressure, itchy and watery eyes, and even difficulty sleeping are all signs that it’s allergies are in full bloom.