Latex Allergy Info

Latex Allergy

Avoidance is the only real treatment for latex allergy — stay away from latex as much as possible; especially stay away from latex (rubber) balloons (mylar is okay), which put latex molecules into the air as they are inflated, as they deflate, and when they POP!

Latex allergy guidelines for food — don’t handle/prepare food wearing latex gloves; don’t handle dishes with latex gloves; don’t bring balloons into room or near anyone who might be allergic to latex.  See below for safe restaurants.

Related food allergies — I must avoid these: potatos, kiwi, bananas, avocados, chestnuts. Some can’t have strawberries.

Some who are allergic to latex are also allergic to aloe vera, which is now commonly added to soap, lotions, shampoos, and other personal care products.

Visit for more information.

Dr. Hamid keeps my allergies under control.  Dr. Cannon chose well for us.

Dr. Susan Albers, chiropractor, straightens me out and keeps latex away from me

Dr. Hillis is a kind and gentle and skilled dentist  who has NO LATEX GLOVES!!

The St. Charles YMCA on Shady Springs Drive and the McClay Library at 2760 McClay Road in St. Charles have in the past banned latex balloons.  Check before going in to be sure.

Margie at Gene’s Shoes on Main Street, St. Charles, checks with shoe manufacturers to find safe shoes.

Cute shoes from BucketFeet — We Believe Art is For Everyone.

Decent Exposures  excellent latex-free undergarments and swimwear.  They have added items for men to their catalog.

Customer service  at these businesses will carefully check for latex:

Plastibands, Sanford erasers, 3M Superior Mousing Surface Mousepads — all good.

New product assurances of no latex:

Vionic slippers and sandals — excellent for posture and correct pronation

socks?  CAUTION: SOME CONTAIN SPANDEX, so order carefully, as pretty is not worth the risk.  I may be going back to the plain, all-cotton Buster Brown socks., available in the Vermont Country Store catalog.  cotton socks are latex-free (top band too tight for me 😦

Pillo-Pedic from Foot Levelers, for proper neck alignment.

iPad case

** WARNING!  Books from Better World Books are shipped in latex-covered plastic, which, like the sticky plastic wrap for home use, is a hazard to those with latex allergies.

Bandaids — a friend wrote to ask for advice and I thought I should add my response to this list:

I buy Band-Aid brand, as they are non-latex, but for small problems, I use paper tape, treating the cut with peroxide and a bit of Vanicream which keeps the tape from sticking to the cut.  The paper tape will dry quickly if it gets wet, so no soggy, water-soaked pad.  It doesn’t stay on as long, but works better for me.  You can even find tan paper tape instead of white.  It does leave behind bits of adhesive, but oil takes that off easily.

The best I’ve found recently is Walgreens Sensitive Skin Flexible Fabric Bandages — silicone adhesive, which can even be lifted and put back in place.

I have noticed a reaction to some of the adhesives.  The sleep study people had some round ones that left bright red circles on my chest for days.  They used something different for the second study.
Restaurants, though lately I’ve been cooking my own safer meals with produce from Terripin Farms CSA who graciously avoid rubber bands and potatoes in my “share.”

Here’s a list of “safe” restaurants and other businesses in the St. Peters / St. Charles / St. Louis, Missouri area — but I always check each time I go in, as they sometimes change gloves and procedures. Many thanks to those willing to make a safe place to enjoy dining and visiting with friends!

  1. Applebee’s
  2. Big A’s on the Riverfront, 308 N. Main St., St. Charles, MO 636-949-9900
  3. Bishop’s Post  16125 Chesterfield Parkway 63017  636-352-8352
  4. Cafe Osage    4605 Olive Street, St. Louis MO 63108  (314) 454-6868
  5. Costco
  6. Cracker Barrel
  7. Crooked Tree Coffee House – 636-669-5282
  8. Culpepper’s  3010 West Clay, St. Charles  636-916-3102
  9. Cyrano’s Coffee Cafe & Dessert
  10. •Dairy Queen – 1450 Jungs Station Rd,   St Charles, MO 63303 – 636-928-1344
  11. •Denny’s – 3939 S Outer Rd #2012,  St Peters, MO – 636-928-4559
  12. Dino’s  Italian Restaurant   6240 Mexico Road, St. Peters, Mo  63376 (636) 922-4441
  13. •Domino’s – 45 Charlestowne Plaza,  St Charles, MO – 636-447-7070
  14. First Watch   312 Mid Rivers Center, St. Peter’s, MO 63376   636-970-0050
  15. Flaco’s Cocina  8400 Delmar
  16. Fresh Thyme 2235 Highway K, O’Fallon, Missouri, MO 63368  (636) 385-7033
    rotissery chicken with no rubber bands!
  17. Hendricks BBQ  1200 S Main St  St Charles, MO 63301 (636) 724-8600
  18. •Jack-in-the-Box
  19. Louisiana Cafe  1350 Triad Center Dr, St Peters, MO 63304 (636) 922-7429
  20. Magpies
  21. Mario’s Donuts & Cafe   2786 Muegge Rd., St Charles, MO 63303    (636) 447-4515
  22. •McDonald’s
  23. Miss Aimee B’s Tea Room – 636-946-4202
  24. • Miss Sheri’s         Warson Woods, 9967 Manchester Rd.   (314) 968-9995
  25. Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  26. Old Millstream Inn   912 S. Main St., St Charles
  27. Outback Steakhouse – 1620 Country Club Plaza Dr, St Charles, MO – 636-940-9409
  28. •Ponderosa
  29. •Provisions
  30. Rendezvous Cafe   217 South Main Street · O’Fallon, MO 63366 · 636-281-CAFE
  31. St. Louis Bread Company  Not all safe, ask! (known as Panera’s in other localities)
  32. Simply Thai, 2470 N. Hwy. 67, Florissant  314-921-2179
  33. Spiro’s – 636-916-1454.  Bluestone Dr., St. Charles
  34. Steak n Shake
  35. Stefanina’s  636.447.7800 652 Jungermann Road
  36. Sucrose (best bakery ever)  700 s. Fifth St., St. Charles, Missouri, MO 63301
    Highlights info row image (314) 288-9176
  37. Tucker’s Place West  14282 Manchester Rd.  636-227-8062
  38. Uno Chicago Grille
  39. Yo My Goodness   2621 Muegge Rd, St Charles, MO 63303  636.922.1245
  40. Mid-Towne Market (Julie) at 317 Hawthorne, St. Charles, MO – 636-724-6500  and now carry Better Life Products
  41. Benne’s Best Meat  850 South Breeze, St. Charles, 63304   636.486.6024
  42. CSA shares for veggies  Terripin Farm  Facebook page
  43. Valenti’s Meats   6750 Mexico Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376   636-970-2992  (will seal packages without masking tape if asked)

?  Pappas Toyota‘s Not safe now, latex balloons. 😦   Service reps. drive me home and back, we handle payment over the phone  — I miss the good coffee and fruit and conversation and fast Wi-Fi in the waiting room, but the car does get fixed while I relax at home.  I might be looking elsewhere when it’s time to buy . . .


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