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Latex vs Latex-Free
Natural rubber contains a group of water soluble or extractable proteins (sometimes referred to as “EP”) that can cause allergic reactions in the human body when contact is made over a prolonged period of time.  The terminology of “Latex-Free" is often used to mean not made from natural rubber (latex) or not containing natural rubber.  Often the term “synthetic bands” is used to refer to Latex-Free bands. The bottom line is that the absence of latex eliminates the risk of latex protein allergy.
 
Bands are often utilized in applications that involve contact  with the human skin.  For this reason, rubber bands can be a source of allergic reaction.  It is highly recommended that bands that are to be used in a medical or surgical environment or for other skin-contact applications (wrist bands, for instance) be made of Latex Free materials.  We provide our customers with a variety of Latex-free synthetic bands for use in band bags, equipment covers, drape covers and other applications involving medical apparel and equipment.
 
If you must be absolutely certain that a latex allergy reaction cannot occur, Lee Rubber Products can supply bands made of a type of solid synthetic rubber that does not contain natural rubber.  Instead, synthetic rubber, or polyisoprene, is used. 


The bottom line is that under most circumstances, latex reactions do not occur with rubber bands.  But Lee Rubber Products will advise you about the best product/compound for your application...that's what we do best! 


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