Nitrile & Other Non-Latex Allergies Explained
What Causes Non Latex Allergies?
Non-Latex Gloves can be sometimes made in same factory as Latex Gloves and therefore could be contaminated with latex proteins – if you are experiencing allergic reactions to gloves, check with your glove provider if this is the case.
Another possible cause could be chemicals called accelerators which are used in the production of gloves such as carbonates & thiurams which may cause reaction. To create vinyl, for example, petroleum is used in the manufacturing process. With Synthetic Gloves, the allergy issue often lies with the petroleum. While rare, petroleum allergies do occur in some individuals.
Another common issue is an irritative substance on the hands. Certain substances, such as residual hand soap or a scented lotion, will not cause too much of a problem on an exposed hand, but the associated reaction to it will be more pronounced in some individuals when they have a glove pressing the substance to their skin.
Glove Ventilation can also be another cause. Gloves are intended to prevent chemicals permeating into or out of the glove. Skin irritation can occur when a glove sweats and lacks breathability. Different gloves do have differing degrees of breathability, your glove provider may have an alternative that has a higher level of breathability.
Disposable Gloves have an intended wearing time, and chemical resistance level. Should the glove be worn for longer than intended, chemicals may actually leak through the glove itself causing a reaction on the skin to the chemicals?
How Prevalent are Non Latex Allergies?
Very small – virtually non-existent when compared to Latex – generally it is urticaria caused by perspiration and lack of breathability
What are the Types or Symptoms of Latex Allergies?
Symptoms are an itchy red rash, sometimes with small blisters. Often with Hives – raised red bumps that itch and cause swelling. Cracks can appear which can start to bleed or become infected.
How do you Treat or Prevent non Latex Allergies?
Try Powder Free Gloves. Increase the frequency with which you change gloves. Speak to your Glove provider to understand the chemical resistance of the Glove and to. Try a Glove with a higher level of breathability. This issue is also more evident when a glove is too small. Overall, too-tight gloves create irritation and discomfort as the skin is unable to breathe inside the glove. Accelerator-free gloves are available for use by people who are highly sensitive to these additives