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VIENNA, VA (August 4, 2017) –
Allergy & Asthma Network announces Latex Allergy Awareness Week is Sunday, Oct. 1 to Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 and the theme this year is “Beyond the Gloves: What You Need to Know About Latex Allergy.”

During Latex Allergy Awareness Week, the Network raises awareness about the condition, which affects 1 to 6 percent of the population, and distributes latex allergy 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 eliminate latex from healthcare facilities.

Most people identify latex gloves as a trigger of latex allergy, but everyday items containing latex can also trigger allergic reactions, including balloons, erasers, rubber bands, spandex, physical therapy bands, pacifiers, goggles, garden hoses, mouse pads, bath mats and even some foods. The three keys to living with latex allergy are awareness, avoidance and education.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Network will host a latex allergy webinar titled “Beyond the Gloves: The Latest on Latex Allergy,” with Michael Zacharisen, MD, board-certified allergist in Bozeman, Montana and a latex allergy expert. The webinar will start at 4:00 p.m. ET. Register here.

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

For more details on Latex Allergy Awareness Week, click here or follow Allergy & Asthma Network at @AllergyAsthmaHQ on Facebook and Twitter.

About Allergy & Asthma Network

Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. The Network specializes in sharing patient-friendly, medically accurate information through its award-winning magazine Allergy & Asthma Today, AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org, E-Newsletter and numerous community outreach programs. Join the Network at AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org/join.

Gary Fitzgerald
Allergy & Asthma Network

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