What are latex allergies? Who is at risk?

Latex allergy is an allergic reaction to certain proteins in natural rubber latex. There are three known types of latex reactions;
It is estimated that up to 17% of American healthcare workers and up to 73% or more of frequently exposed patients, such as those with spina bifida, have become sensitized to the antigenic latex proteins. Approximately 3% of the general population is at risk for a latex reaction.