Surf the Web for latex links

The Internet is a rich source of information about latex sensitivity, from government labor sources to medical sites with suggested substitutes for latex products.

Here are some places to start:

www.cdc.gov/niosh/98-113.html — The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offers a "Latex Allergy Prevention Guide," which explains latex sensitivity, answers common questions, and suggests steps that can help protect health workers from latex exposure in the workplace.

www.execpc.com/~alert — ALERT, or the Allergy to Latex Education and Resource Team, is a nonprofit organization that provides information about latex allergy and supports latex-allergic individuals. The organization’s Web site provides product lists and information packets for health workers, patients, and schools. This site also has a number of links to other latex allergy sites.

www.sbaa.org/html/sbaa_latex.html — Because children with spina bifida are at increased risk of latex sensitivity and allergy, the Spina Bifida Association of America has plenty of detailed latex information and tips on its Web site. The site lists substitutes, including brand names, for home and medical products containing latex, and it lists catalogs that deal in latex-free equipment.