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.

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Dr. Cannon keeps my allergies under control

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   really pretty, will even custom-make with your photo  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.

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. Cafe Osage    4605 Olive Street, St. Louis MO 63108  (314) 454-6868
  4. Costco
  5. Cracker Barrel
  6. Crooked Tree Coffee House – 636-669-5282
  7. Culpepper’s  3010 West Clay, St. Charles  636-916-3102
  8. Cyrano’s Coffee Cafe & Dessert
  9. •Dairy Queen – 1450 Jungs Station Rd,   St Charles, MO 63303 – 636-928-1344
  10. •Denny’s – 3939 S Outer Rd #2012,  St Peters, MO – 636-928-4559
  11. Dino’s  Italian Restaurant   6240 Mexico Road, St. Peters, Mo  63376 (636) 922-4441
  12. •Domino’s – 45 Charlestowne Plaza,  St Charles, MO – 636-447-7070
  13. First Watch   312 Mid Rivers Center, St. Peter’s, MO 63376   636-970-0050
  14. Flaco’s Cocina  8400 Delmar
  15. 4 Seasons Bakery   2012 Campus Dr.Saint CharlesMO.(314) 288-9176
  16. Fresh Thyme
  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. Outback Steakhouse – 1620 Country Club Plaza Dr, St Charles, MO – 636-940-9409
  27. •Ponderosa
  28. •Provisions
  29. Rendezvous Cafe   217 South Main Street · O’Fallon, MO 63366 · 636-281-CAFE
  30. St. Louis Bread Company  Not all safe, ask! (known as Panera’s in other localities)
  31. Simply Thai, 2470 N. Hwy. 67, Florissant  314-921-2179
  32. Spiro’s – 636-916-1454. Two locations: Bluestone Dr., St. Charles; (Natural Bridge by UMSL — special order w/ Spiro)
  33. Steak n Shake
  34. Stefanina’s  636.447.7800 652 Jungermann Road
  35. Tucker’s Place West  14282 Manchester Rd.  636-227-8062
  36. Uno Chicago Grille
  37. Yo My Goodness   2621 Muegge Rd, St Charles, MO 63303  636.922.1245
  38. Mid-Towne Market (Julie) at 317 Hawthorne, St. Charles, MO – 636-724-6500  and now carry Better Life Products
  39. Benne’s Best Meat  850 South Breeze, St. Charles, 63304   636.486.6024
  40. CSA shares for veggies  Terripin Farm  Facebook page
  41. Valenti’s Meats   6750 Mexico Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376   636-970-2992  (will seal packages without masking tape if asked)

*** Pappas Toyota‘s waiting room  — good coffee and fruit and Wi-Fi also.

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