Q:

11/20/2013
I have a pt with Latex allergy. She just received a Nike Plus Fuel Band as a gift. She has reacted to latex gloves as well as hardened rubbers such as car tires. TPE (Thermoplastic elastomers) is used in the Fuel Band. Are these safe chemicals (latex free) with patients with immediate sensitivity and DTH reactions to latex?

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

In general, Thermoplastics are considered latex-free. Copied below are links to websites that give you a more detailed discussion in this regard. Thus, to the best of my knowledge, there is very little if any concern regarding the use of Thermoplastics in latex-allergic individuals. However, it is always best to follow the advice cited in the quote copied below from the latex support group. One of the links copied below leads directly to their website.

Thank you again for your inquiry and we hope this response is helpful to you.

Keller Products, inc.

Latex Allergy Support Group

"We would strongly advise anybody who is interested in purchasing latex free products to obtain their own verification of the latex status of any product directly from the product supplier or manufacturer."

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology