What If I’m Allergic to Latex?
If you’re allergic to latex, you’re likely already aware of it. Never heard of such a thing? This overview may help you understand latex allergy better, and the Savvy Rest organic mattress, too.
How Common are Latex Allergies?
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, latex allergy affects less than 1% of the general population. The incidence is higher for health care workers—between 5% and 15%. That is because many people in health care fields wear latex gloves (a blend of synthetic and natural rubber) in the course of their jobs, for many, many hours over the years. Touching latex doesn’t trigger an allergy, but repeatedly breathing in the microscopic powder used to line the gloves can. Workers inhale tiny amounts of the powder, released in bursts when the gloves are “snapped” on and off. The powder contains microscopic rubber proteins, and with repeated inhalations over a long period of time, some users eventually develop an allergy. Once a person has become sensitized, they may then react to skin contact as well.