Nitrile glove allergy

What is Nitrile Gloves Allergy:

Nitrile gloves are frequently used as an alternative to latex gloves. Most allergies from gloves are as a result of latex gloves and latex related allergies are on the rise. However, although rare, nitrile gloves can also cause an allergy. The allergy can be caused due to the chemicals used in the manufacturing of nitrile gloves. Far fewer people are allergic to nitrile than latex, but it does occur. Avoiding nitrile gloves is the best way to prevent nitrile allergy.


Symptoms of nitrile allergies:

  • Redness of the hands
  • Swelling, burning sensation of hands
  • Rhinitis
  • Watery eyes
  • Facial swelling
  • Stuffy or runny nose

What Causes Nitrile Gloves Allergy:

The components of nitrile that sensitive people react to is not entirely agreed upon. Some people assume that the allergen responsible is a chemical used in the manufacturing process, not the material itself. Carbamates and thiruams are two chemical compounds used in manufacturing process of nitrile gloves, and may contribute to allergic reactions.There are claims that allergies to the dyes used in these gloves cause at least some reactions. It is also a possibility that an occasional batch of nitrile gloves might be cross contaminated with latex, which can cause people with latex allergies to have a reaction.


How to Prevent Nitrile Glove Allergy:

  • Avoid nitrile gloves. Inform your doctor about your nitrile allergy.
  • Try switching to a different brand of nitrile gloves. This can be helpful if one manufacture uses a somewhat different formulation, chemical makeup, or a different type of dye.
  • Choose an alternative material other than nitrile.
  • Your Glove source has a product that may help with your nitrile allergies (here)
Testing for Allergies:

A blood test RAST or skin prick test can be administered to check for nitrile allergies. Make an appointment and visit your allergist, if you want to get yourself tested. Once tested with a allergy, you and your Doctor can discuss treatment.

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