Substitutes

Which Products Contain Latex?

Over 40,000 products contain latex! Many of these are medical supplies. The dipping process is also used to make balloons and condoms, so there tends to be a high incidence of reaction from these. The following is a partial list of examples with latex-free alternatives. Any of these latex products can cause a reaction in a person who is sensitized.

Product Containing Latex Latex-Free Alternative
  • Latex exam gloves
  • Stethoscope tubing
  • Urinary catheters
  • Medication vial stoppers
  • IV tubing ports
  • Tape
  • Erasers
  • Latex balloons
  • Non-skid backing on rugs
  • Band-Aids
  • Elastic in clothing
  • Rubber balls
  • Rubber kitchen gloves
  • Foam earphones
  • Computer mouse pads
  • Anything with a rubber handle
  • Nitrile, neoprene or other approved material exam gloves
  • Cover tubing with stockinet
  • Silicone catheters
  • Remove stopper before drawing med
  • IV tubing without latex port or use stopcock to inject meds
  • Plastic tape
  • Vinyl erasers
  • Mylar balloons
  • 100% cotton rugs
  • Latex free Band-Aids or gauze with latex-free tape
  • Don't let elastic touch skin
  • Vinyl/PVC balls
  • Nitrile, neoprene, vinyl or other synthetic gloves
  • Plastic earphones without foam
  • Plastic/vinyl mouse pad
  • Vinyl, leather or cover with latex free tape


Medical items made with latex.

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