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Latex Allergies

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24 May 2017 16:53 #51 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Latex Allergies
Hi Happy.gal,

I'll be interesting in learning about your findings!

Phoenix

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11 Jun 2017 10:54 - 11 Jun 2017 10:55 #52 by Happy.gal
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(I sent this on 6/5/17 by PM, but for your convenience, am reposting it here.)

Hi Phoenix,
I contacted the foam manufacturers as you suggested to determine the presence of rubber accelerators in mattresses. Only Mountain Top foam kindly replied for which I am grateful. (Bob Quikstad, Director of Sales and Marketing). Basically he said their products did contain the specific allergans and would expect all the other manufactures to do so also. So there are to date no foam products I can use, poly or otherwise, as they all contain either carbamate mix or thiuram mix. I am now looking into buckwheat hulls as even innerspring mattresses have a foam comfort layer. I will see if there is anything on the site regarding the same.

Thank you so much for providing specific leads for me to follow. I appreciate your dedication to educating us.

Elizabeth

P.S. Ignore the trolls out there.... one can't make everybody happy!
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Last edit: 11 Jun 2017 10:55 by Happy.gal. Reason: Added date: June 5, 2017

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11 Jun 2017 17:27 #53 by Phoenix
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Hi Happy.gal,

Thanks for posting the results of your conversation with Mountain Top Foam. I do think highly of them and I’m happy that Bob was able to take some time to answer your questions, even though the answer was unfortunately what we expected.

Feel free to post back with any other replies you may receive. You may also wish to contact Radium in the Netherlands regarding the Talalay that Latexco distributes here domestically.

Phoenix

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30 May 2019 13:57 #54 by craftyruthie
Replied by craftyruthie on topic Latex Allergies
Hi,

I submitted a post on May 29, 2019 (Safe mattress for Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivities -- www.themattressunderground.com/mattress-...itivities.html#81824 ), where I'm looking for a mattress that does NOT contain latex, because I AM sensitive to latex.

I have the disability of Environmental Sensitivities (ES)/Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). While I'm not sure if I have a "true" latex allergy, or if I'm just "sensitive" to latex, due to my ES/MCS, I do know that I have problems with latex.

I can touch latex products without a problem (no hives, rashes, etc.), but I CANNOT inhale the fumes in latex products -- whether it's "natural" or "organic" latex. I can put on a pair of rubber gloves with no skin reactions, but as soon as I put the gloves anywhere near my face OR take off the gloves and hold my hands near my face, I have problems breathing. I've tried using a Talalay latex pillow from Sleep Country, and have received a sample of Obasan's natural organic latex from their mattresses to "test out". Even after months of allowing these products to air out and off-gas, I still could not bring the Obasan sample anywhere near my face; the pillow was so horribly strong, that I had to get rid of it, because the fumes -- despite being off-gassed in my storage room -- were permeating my entire apartment, making me nauseous and dizzy, and causing me breathing problems.

Even when a mattress is covered by material (before I became so disabled with ES/MCS, I had purchased a regular store-bought mattress), whether using a mattress protector, bed bug cover, or several sheets and blankets (I used a combination of all of these!!!), once the body heats up the mattress, the fumes leach out of the mattress, through the layers of materials, into my clothing, and into my body. To this day, I still have problems with the fumes leaching out of my mattress, which is likely why I am stuffed up every single night, and have respiratory problems. My mattress is fourteen years old!!!

I don't know if my sensitivity to latex is CAUSED BY me sleeping on a latex mattress all my life, or if this is just one more "chemical" I don't tolerate, due to my disability of ES/MCS. I am sensitive to ANY chemical that off-gasses VOC's, and a host of other foods and plants (many that cross-react with latex, including marijuana -- which causes me MULTIPLE health problems from just seconds of inhaling my neighbours' smoke) that make life extremely challenging, especially when living in a multi-unit dwelling.

I do know that many people who have the disability of ES/MCS also have sensitivities to latex -- but we are all different (i.e., we are not all sensitive to the same chemicals, or sensitive to the same degree -- one person may have no problem, one may have mild skin reactions, or another may not be able to be in the same room with latex without an Epi pen handy!!!).

I hope this info helps. Feel free to ask any more questions if you're interested.

craftyruthie

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31 May 2019 07:03 - 31 May 2019 08:19 #55 by Sensei
Replied by Sensei on topic Latex Allergies
Hi craftyruthie,

Thanks for the information about your particular sensitivity to Latex. Although I would take issue with how you characterize " off-gassing" and some other points, it's neither here or there, you definitely should not purchase a latex mattress / pillow / topper natural or synthetic.

As a point of fact latex allergies, (not commenting on your "sensitivity"), this is more for our regular TMU consumers. Here is a very good thread on latex allergies, which I know Mario from MFC, who is a great TMU expert member, also sent this link.

Thanks again for your post, I know it is a very difficult thing to find a mattress without chemicals that you are sensitive to. Good luck.

Sensei

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Last edit: 31 May 2019 08:19 by Sensei. Reason: minor correction

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