Glove Allergies Explained Part Three of Four

11 July 2021

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 and 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.