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American Latex Allergy Association (ALAA)
a/k/a: ALERT, Inc.
PO Box 198
Slinger, WI 53086
The American Latex Allergy Association (ALERT) is a 501(c)(3) voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness of latex allergy and providing support to affected individuals and family members. Latex is a natural rubber used in certain medical devices such as catheters and surgical gloves, as well as many products such as adhesives and paints. It has been estimated that approximately one percent of the general population, and about five to 15 percent of healthcare workers and others regularly exposed to latex in their work environments, are allergic to latex. Upon latex exposure, affected individuals may experience symptoms that range from mild to severe and include one or more of the following: hives or welts, swelling of affected areas, sneezing, headache, reddened, teary, and/or itchy eyes, hoarseness of the voice and/or soreness of the throat, abdominal cramps, and/or tightness of the chest, wheezing, and/or shortness of breath. Continued exposure to latex may cause a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock). The organization is committed to providing information and emotional support to affected individuals and their families and educating the public about latex allergy. A.L.E.R.T., Inc. is also dedicated to promoting the establishment of policies concerning the care of individuals with latex allergy; minimization of latex exposure for employees in all healthcare facilities and industrial settings; and research into the treatment and prevention of latex allergy.
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