Engel Introduces Resolution Marking Latex Allergy Awareness Week

Engel Introduces Resolution Marking Latex Allergy Awareness Week


Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Co-Chair of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus, introduced a resolution today marking National Latex Allergy Awareness Week, which runs from October 6 to October 12.


“Latex is found in many common household items such as rubber bands and bandages. If left untreated, a latex allergy can lead to severe health outcomes such as anaphylaxis,” Engel said. “I am pleased to introduce this resolution to help raise awareness about this life-threatening allergen, which affects up to 6% of Americans.”


The Allergy & Asthma Network commends Congressman Engel for his longstanding leadership on this important issue. Latex allergy affects up to 6 percent of the general population in the United States, and its impact can be significant – even life-threatening – to those at risk. Education and awareness remain critical in helping people with latex allergy better understand their condition, identify triggers and live well,” Tonya A. Winders, President and CEO, Allergy & Asthma Network


This resolution builds on Congressman Engel’s work to address serious allergens which can lead to asthma. Most recently, Congressman Engel cosponsored the School-based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, introduced by Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, which would encourage schools to have comprehensive plans to address asthma and allergy episodes within their institution.