Latex allergy occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to proteins found in natural rubber latex. Natural rubber latex is used to make some gloves, condoms, balloons, rubber bands, erasers and toys. Latex can also be in bottle nipples and pacifiers. Synthetic products, including latex house paints, have not been shown to pose any hazard to latex-sensitive individuals. Certain fruits and vegetables (such as bananas, chestnuts, kiwi, avocado and tomato) can cause allergic symptoms in some latex-sensitive individuals. Exposure to latex often results in contact dermatitis* symptoms. However, in some individuals, latex allergy can trigger a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.