Disadvantages of Gloves

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Although gloves protect hands from hazardous environmental factors, there are problems associated with their frequent use.

Dirt, irritation, maceration, allergy, and lack of comfort are the most important problems for consideration.

Permeation of gloves, spillage onto skin from gloves, and absorption through gloves are means for contamination and irritation.

Irritant dermatitis by polymeric gloves is common in the occupational setting and can be caused by the polymer itself, additives to the polymer, or glove powders.

Allergic contact dermatitis to glove material may be delayed (type-IV) allergy or immediate (type-1) allergy and is perhaps less common than irritant contact dermatitis.

Allergic sensitization is an ongoing concern as presence of an allergen imposes on integral precautions within the health care setting such as preventing allergic reactions in patients during procedures and protection of patients and health care workers from biohazardous materials.

Allergic sensitization may hinder an employee’s ability to perform tasks necessary for employment within the occupational setting.


Allergic Contact Dermatitis Personal Protective Equipment Natural Rubber Latex Irritant Contact Dermatitis Rubber Glove 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rush UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Terveystalo Healthcare OyjHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Control of Hypersensitivity DiseasesFinnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH)HelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Department of DermatologyUniversity of California (UCSF)San FranciscoUSA

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