Megan Prevost, Biotechnology Major
All around us there are people with health issues that you could never even notice just by
looking at them. People have allergies to all kinds of things: peanuts, fruits and yes, even
The proper name for it is a latex allergy. One’s allergy can cause a reaction in many
different ways. Some people have an ingestion-based allergy or a touch-based allergy, though in
most cases (usually nuts and latex) these allergies can be airborne. Airborne means that
something is being carried through the air; in this case, a certain allergen, or more specifically,
This means that if a condom or even just a latex balloon is left open in say, a hallway,
anyone with a latex allergy could have an allergic reaction just by being near an open condom.
If you’re going to open a condom or a peanut butter sandwich, make sure you use it in the
comfort of your own home for its originally intended purpose. Whether it being having sex or
simply eating a sandwich, make sure you’re not using either associated object around anyone
with an airborne illness.
But most importantly, be careful and make sure you know the allergies of the people you
care about and the people around you, and if they tell you that they have a certain allergy, be
understanding and listen to the rules.
And definitely make sure that you don’t mix the latex and the peanut butter.