Latex is a versatile rubber material used in a variety of applications. While latex occurs naturally in 10% of flowering plants, synthetic latex can also be produced. Latex may be used to make mattresses, gloves, balloons, swimming caps, and a variety of sexual aids.
Despite the fact that it is a common material, some people have latex allergies or sensitivities. In extreme cases, exposure to latex can cause a severe reaction such as shortness of breath, hives, swelling, and sometimes even death.