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Allergic reactions and symptoms to gloves

I believe that much medical staff has had such an experience, after wearing medical gloves, the contact area between the skin and the gloves will appear red and swollen, accompanied by itching, tingling, and burning feeling this is a kind of allergy caused by gloves. World allergy day is approaching on July 8, and while the world allergy organization (WAO) is calling for the fight against allergic diseases, it is also important for health care workers to pay attention to their allergies. Glove allergy is a big problem for medical staff, and the best solution is to choose low-allergenic gloves.
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A small glove is a big allergy

Allergic reactions to gloves vary from person to person. Severe allergic reactions can cause conjunctivitis, rhinitis, and bronchial infarctions, and in extreme cases can even lead to anaphylactic shock. Regardless of the size of the symptoms, allergies to gloves can cause a lot of inconvenience to health care workers. In addition to personal discomfort, allergic reactions can also reduce their work efficiency and affect their daily work.

However, despite their distress, most healthcare professionals do not know how to deal with the glove allergy, and medication can only provide temporary relief. The best way to avoid allergies is to stay away from allergens, and using hypoallergenic gloves can do this.

The main culprit of glove allergy

Why do medical gloves cause allergies? Three substances commonly used in medical gloves have been linked to allergic reactions: latex, a chemical accelerator, and glove powder. According to clinical studies, 33% of allergic reactions related to medical gloves are due to chemicals and 17% to latex.

Natural rubber latex is the raw material for most medical gloves, but latex proteins are also known allergens. Studies have shown that medical staff working in operating rooms, laboratories, or hemodialysis rooms are most likely to develop latex allergies. Chemical promoters, such as diphenyl guanidine (DPG), added during glove production can also cause skin inflammation.

As an auxiliary lubricant, glove powder itself is not an allergen, but it will increase the skin permeability and lead to the entry of allergens.In addition, glove powder can also bind to natural rubber latex protein antigens and atomize in the air as gloves are worn and removed, and inhalation of such particles can also cause allergies.

Since latex, chemical accelerators, and powders are common substances in gloves, reducing their content is technically demanding. At present, some leading international manufacturers, such as Ansell, have introduced innovative technologies for glove allergy to China, including powder-free gloves, chemical accelerator residue-free gloves, and non-Latex Gloves, providing effective solutions for healthcare workers and patients with glove allergies.

Create a healthy health care environment

Glove allergies can be prevented by staying away from allergens, including latex, chemical accelerators, and glove powders. Studies have shown that the use of powder-free gloves or gloves with low protein residue can significantly reduce individual sensitization. Global glove manufacturer Ansell has developed a range of low-allergenic gloves for health care workers with allergies, such as YIGLOVES? A series of gloves to help healthcare workers create a healthy working environment.


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