Latex allergies are nothing to dismiss or overlook. While most latex allergies manifest in mild skin reactions, some can be quite serious.

The more you learn about latex allergies and latex mattresses, the better informed you will be, when deciding whether a latex mattress is right for you.

Read on to learn about latex, latex allergies, and how a latex allergy might affect your mattress-buying decision.

What is Latex?

Latex, as it relates to mattresses, refers to the milky sap used to create the foam in a latex mattress. The latex itself is tapped from rubber trees (Hevea Brasiliensis), and collected as latex foam. 

The latex foam that is used to make latex mattresses, is widely known for its luxurious comfort, superior support, and its buoyant properties.

Of course, latex foam isn’t only used for creating luxuriously  comfortable and supportive latex mattresses. It is also widely used in a variety of everyday items, including:

  • Balloons
  • Bandages
  • Medical gloves
  • Rubber bands
  • Swim goggles
  • Toys

The durable, stretchy nature of latex makes it a good fit for all these products and so many more. Unfortunately, some people have discovered allergies to latex, and that creates problems for them when it comes to using products that contain latex.

What is a Latex Allergy?

A latex allergy is a reaction to the proteins found in natural latex rubber. Most people who are allergic to latex, learn they are allergic to latex when using items made with rubber, including elastic bands, latex gloves and balloons. 

Estimates of latex allergies in the general population range from 1% to 5%.  The proteins found in the latex typically trigger the allergic response after direct contact with the affected person’s skin.

Latex Allergy Symptoms

The most common allergic reaction is a rash or itchy, dry and irritated skin. But other symptoms such as hives, swelling, blisters, headache, nausea, and irritated eyes, may be experienced.

To determine if you have this allergy, your doctor can perform a skin test to see if your skin reacts to the protein. If you do have an allergic reaction, your skin will develop a bump during the test.

Can I Sleep on a Latex Mattress if I’m Allergic to Latex? 

People with mild latex allergies may not have problems sleeping on latex mattresses. Why? Because 100% natural talalay and dunlop latex, the two types of latex found in latex mattresses, do not produce the same allergic reactions as other latex products found in household or medical products. 

Also, the 100% natural latex used in a 100% natural latex mattress, is subject to a washing process that removes any reaction related proteins. If you like the luxurious comfort and healthy nature of a 100% natural latex mattress, this is great news for you. 

Latex For Less Mattress

Some with very mild latex allergies find they sleep well on 100% natural latex mattresses since they do not have to touch or come in contact with the latex layers. 

For example, with the Latex For Less Latex Mattress, there are several layers of other materials between you and the latex, including a 100% organic wool fire barrier, a 100% organic cotton mattress cover, a mattress protector and bed sheets. That’s four layers of fabric between you and the latex to prevent you from coming into direct contact with it.

This allows you to enjoy the many benefits natural latex mattresses are famous for, including the outstanding support and comfort that cannot be matched with other mattresses on the market today.

Plus, our latex mattresses are made with 100% all-natural latex, and contain no added chemicals for an even healthier sleep experience. Then our 120-night trial gives you plenty of time to discover if your natural latex mattress triggers an allergic response.

If you’re unsure about whether you have a latex allergy or not, you might want to discuss the possibility of a latex sensitivity with your allergist before purchasing a latex mattress. It is always best to be safe if you have any concerns at all.

Elizabeth Magill

Elizabeth Magill is a professional freelance writer and editor who holds an MBA. Liz specializes in writing about health news, medical conditions, healthy living, small business, career and work, personal finance, and green-living, including news and trending topics in these specialties. Her clients include Healthline, The Motley Fool, GoBanking Rates, LIVESTRONG.com, Big Interview, HealthNews, Intuit Small Business Blog, Intuit Health, American News Report, Travels.com, IFX Medical, and many others. She’s also a published eBook author and ghost writer for various clients in the health, medical, career, small business, and personal finance niches.