Latex Balloon Allergy

by Kerrie
(New Jersey)

We are in the process of getting our ideas ready for an 8th grade dance... along with all the other decorations we have incorporated balloons.


There is now a mom who has said she is allergic to latex. She is concerned that if a balloon should pop at the dance her son could get the latex on his clothes and then come home and she would be affected.

Is this possible, that latex could stay on clothes and then affect a person who is allergic to latex? She was at a meeting the other night where balloons were in the room and actually blown up. The next day she said she felt her throat closing up, but she did not leave the meeting.

Comments for Latex Balloon Allergy

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Latex proteins NEW
by: Anonymous

Latex proteins stay in the air for at least 5 hours and stay on hair and cloths. If any family member go into a room with balloons they can’t go home without showering and changing their clothes

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Allergies to Latex Balloons
by: Margit

Hi Kerrie,

The exact causes for latex allergies are still debated in the medical community. The main theory is that people with a latex allergy are allergic to a specific protein found in natural rubber, which latex balloons are made of. This protein is picked up by the powder in- and outside of latex balloons. Now, if you decorate a room with latex balloons, and especially when some of the balloons pop, the powder carrying the allergy causing molecules is spread around the room, and inhaled by the people in the room.

The most common cause for a allergic reaction is DIRECT contact with the latex product, like balloons or gloves. Inhaling latex particles can cause allergic reactions too.

From what I've read, I would say that the mom should not attend the dance (because of the latex particles in the room). However, the danger of the son carrying home enough latex particles in his clothes to cause an allergic reaction is minimal. If the mom wants to be extra careful, she could ask her son to put the clothes into the washing machine as soon as he comes back from the dance.

Hope that helps,
Margit

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Balloon Decorations FAQ.

Recent Articles

  1. What would I use to make cheeks rosy on a balloon figure?

    I make tons of princess' babies and other balloon figures that I would love to put a soft pink rosy tone for their cheeks. Someone PLEASE tell me what

    Read More

  2. Charlotte, NC, USA Balloon and Party Service

    Carolyn Mason, CBA, 2120 N Sharon Amity Rd. Charlotte, NC, balloonandparty36@yahoo.com. We provide balloon arches, balloon columns, bulk balloons and

    Read More

  3. Link-a-loon helium filled arch

    I'm making a large link-a-loon helium filled arch. It's about 16 feet wide and almost as tall. Does it need the small quad balloons in between each link

    Read More