Is Silicone Safe For People Allergic To Latex?
First and First, Latex and silicone are two different materials. So, if people are allergic to latex, it may safe to use silicone. It should depend on if they are allergic to silicone. While silicone allergies are very rare, they can happen. This is especially the case if the silicone in the ring or product isn’t medical grade and lacks quality.
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1. What is Silicone？
Silicone is a man-made substance that contains various chemicals: hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and silicon, which is a natural elements.
Silicone is a type of polymer known as an “elastomer” – these polymers are stretchy or elastic. For many applications, it is not quite clear which elastomer is the best to use. Probably the most well-known elastomer is natural rubber, commonly known as latex.
Silicone is an industrially manufactured hypoallergenic, odorless, and taste-neutral material that is known for its purity. It is 100% free of harmful and endocrine-disrupting ingredients such as BPA, PVC, and phthalates. The smooth transparent nipple is not as soft as natural rubber latex, but it retains its shape, does not age, and can withstand high temperatures.
2. What is Latex?
Natural Rubber latex is a natural material made from a sticky milky fluid tapped from the Hevea tree. The fluid is refined to the brown/yellow rubber you know from your pacifiers; a super soft, elastic, and resilient material very much resembling the mother’s soft nipple.
The natural material comes with a natural aging process affected by natural influences like UV-light, air, saliva, and heat. The elasticity of the material allows the nipple to change shape and size because of the baby’s strong vacuum, this means that the nipple in some cases can expand if it is not replaced in time.
3. The difference between silicone and latex?
Silicone and Latex are very different and have great properties. Natural rubber latex is a natural material, whereas silicone is an industrial material. The silicone we use in our pacifiers is food-grade silicone, which is 100% free of harmful and endocrine-disrupting ingredients such as BPA, PVC, and phthalates.
And Allergy Silicone is an allergy-friendly material, so if you have a latex allergy in the family, you should choose silicone.
4. The latex allergic
Latex allergy is a medical term encompassing a range of allergic reactions to the proteins present in natural rubber latex. Latex Allergy generally develops after repeated exposure to products containing natural rubber latex.
Latex allergy may cause itchy skin and hives or even anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause throat swelling and severe difficulty breathing. Your doctor can determine if you have a latex allergy or if you’re at risk of developing a latex allergy.
If you’re allergic to latex, you’re likely to have symptoms after touching latex rubber products, such as gloves or balloons. You can also have symptoms if you breathe in latex particles that are released into the air when someone removes latex gloves.
Latex allergy symptoms range from mild to severe. A reaction depends on how sensitive you are to latex and the amount of latex you touch or inhale. Your reaction can become worse with each additional latex exposure.
5. The silicone allergic
While silicone allergies are very rare, they can happen. This is especially the case if the silicone in the products or product isn’t medical grade and lacks quality.
Often, allergies to silicone are actually allergic reactions to other materials or contaminants that have been used in the production of silicone.
Silicone Allergies: Despite being made of natural materials, some people might still experience irritation and an allergic reaction when they wear silicone rings. Common signs of a silicone allergy include:
Red rash, Swelling, Itchy or irritated skin, Swelling in the hands, legs, or other body parts, Eye infection (itchy, watery eyes), Nausea, Throat swelling, Difficulty breathing.
6. Is silicone safe for people allergic to latex?
There are people who experience allergies to latex rubber, but since silicone rubber is derived from a totally different ingredient (silica sand), just because you are allergic to latex does not mean you are also allergic to silicone rubber.
So, if people are allergic to latex, it may safe to use silicone. Silicone allergies are very rare. But they may happen. It depends on the silicone product quality and material. Also, depending on your skin patch test. If you test its symptoms. You are not safe from silicone. If not, you are safe to use silicone.
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