VIENNA, VA (September 21, 2020) – Latex allergy is a unique health condition that affects up to 6% if the U.S. population. It can be serious, but with education, awareness and avoidance strategies in place, patients can live a full and active life.

“Getting to Know Latex Allergy” is the theme of this year’s Latex Allergy Awareness Week from Sunday, Oct. 4 to Saturday, Oct. 10.

In conjunction with Latex Allergy Awareness Week, Allergy & Asthma Network is releasing a new digital publication focusing solely on latex allergy. “Latex Allergy: A Practical Guide for Patients and Providers” will include sections on the basics of latex allergy, understanding your diagnosis, cross-reactivity, and what you need to know to avoid exposure and manage the condition. The publication is available as a free download on our website.

During Latex Allergy Awareness Week, Allergy & Asthma Network raises awareness about the condition and distributes educational resources in print and online. The week is intended to highlight the many issues facing people with latex allergy as well as encourage doctors and patients to stay vigilant in efforts to fully understand the condition and reduce or eliminate exposure to latex.

Latex Allergy is very complex because everyone’s experience is unique. Some people have severe reactions while others only experience mild reactions.

While there is no cure for latex allergy, prevention of symptoms is possible. The three keys are awareness, avoidance and education – and with better understanding of scientific evidence, patients can live a full, active life with latex allergy.

Latex Allergy Awareness Week began in 1997 with educational seminars and poster displays for allergists, hospitals and medical professionals. Interest in latex allergy has grown through the years; many parents, children, school staff and restaurant owners are eager to learn what they can do to provide a latex-safe environment.

For patient information on latex allergy, including webinars and “Ask the Allergist” interviews, visit AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org.