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The Latex Allergy Crisis: A Forgotten Epidemic [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Konieczny
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Book Description

The HIV panic of the 1980s prompted CDC and OSHA to mandate the use of natural rubber latex gloves in health care. The increased use of rubber gloves created a latex allergy crisis for health care workers. Articles have been written on the causes, symptoms, and treatments of latex allergy; however, there are few, if any, written experiences of those living with a hypersensitivity to latex. Author Margaret Konieczny shares her experiences as well as the experiences of others who suffer from a latex allergy in the hopes that her personal story will help others. Margaret takes us through her early symptoms, diagnosis, Workers' Compensation issues, and employer accommodations.

Latex allergies affect the whole person, from the clothing they wear, foods they eat, places they visit, and their personal lifestyle. It is their emotional well-being in addition to their physical well-being that is affected. Latex allergies are permanent. There is no cure except strict avoidance which is difficult to do; latex is ubiquitous.

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About the Author

Margaret Konieczny is a Registered Nurse who had to alter her career path due to a latex allergy. She is currently a faculty candidate for the University of Phoenix. She lives in Carson City, Nevada and has published a children's book, Ten Finger Prints in the Butter.

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  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: K and K Publishing (April 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VK534A
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth Teller May 7, 2012
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Marge knows her subject oh so well. Some nurses will never work again because of this allergy. There are so many public misconceptions. Marge takes the time to give the history and tells the truth as to why so many health care workers, and others, now have this allergy. In 1998 the CDC said the numbers would begin to fall but they have not, the numbers are rising, and not just in the health care field....across the nation up to 1% of the general population has this allergy.In 1998 3-7% of health care workers had it, now it is up to 16%~Marge tells it like it is. Excellent insight in to her personal journey and some stories of others who have this life altering allergy.
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This book is written firsthand from a registered nurse that has suffered from Latex Allergies, She gives some history about Latex usages, her firsthand experiences and the experiences of other Latex Allergies sufferers. This book has resources sites and other valuable information on this subject.
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