latex glove allergy

Cornelius Krasel krasel at
Mon Sep 23 14:51:42 EST 1996

Helen Burns (H.D.Burns at wrote:
> I'm having problems with an allergy to my disposable gloves. If any body
> has any advice on low allergenic brands or alternative solutions I would
> be very grateful if you could E.mail me- Thankyou.

You may be allergic against the powder in the gloves. If this is the
case, the solution is easy: switch to powder-free gloves.

If you are allergic against the Latex (which seems to contain some fairly
well characterized proteins which actually cause the allergy), there are
two possibilities:

- switch to vinyl gloves (which are non-elastic; furthermore, your sense
  of feeling something will be severely impaired)
- switch to nitril gloves (as suggested by another poster); drawback is
  that nitril gloves are *very* expensive (in Germany a single pair costs
  almost the equivalent of 1 US$).


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