I thought nitrile gloves were hypoallergenic. What causes an allergic reaction in nitrile gloves?
Most nitrile gloves (and other non-latex gloves) are manufactured using a sulfur-based chemical accelerator which may cause something called Type IV Hypersensitivity, or a chemical allergy.
How do I know if I’m allergic to nitrile gloves?
You might be allergic to nitrile gloves if you experience some of these symptoms: itchiness, small blisters, or a red rash in the area you were in contact with the glove, i.e. hands only.
What is a chemical accelerator anyway?
Chemical accelerators are typically used in the manufacturing of non-nitrile gloves, i.e. nitrile, to help stabilize the molecules and allow them to form into a strong and durable glove.
Should I try accelerator-free gloves?
Why not! Whether you have a chemical sensitivity or not, moving to an accelerator free glove will help you to maintain a more toxic-free lifestyle, since these gloves are manufactured without the chemicals found in traditional nitrile gloves.
Which accelerator free glove should I try?
This one! These gloves retain all of the benefits of traditional nitrile exam gloves, like chemical and puncture resistance, however they are made without the chemical accelerators.