Current statistics suggest that the number of people suffering from latex allergy is increasing. For instance, more than 1,700 instances of the allergy or anaphylactic reaction have been reported to the FDA since 1988. Of these cases, seventeen proved fatal.
For some asthmatics, common food allergies such as a peanut allergy can trigger a sudden asthma attack. Immediate reactions to certain products are potentially life threatening and can occasionally result in the onset of anaphylactic shock.
Of all the inhaled allergens that affect indoor air quality, dust is the most common. Dust mites, pet dander, and pollen are common allergens that cause seasonal rhinitis, commonly known as “hay fever.”