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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if I have skin allergies to glove?

If you suspect that you are experiencing some reactions when using natural rubber latex gloves, stop using the gloves and contact your doctor.

Can you use hand lotion under latex gloves?

It is recommended to use hand lotion in between or after glove use only. Use a hand cream or lotion that is water-based and not petroleum- or oil-based. Petroleum- or oil-based lotions may deteriorate the barrier properties of the gloves.

Why do some gloves produce brown stains when you put them on?

This is usually caused by the chemical reaction between your skin and the gloves. Before putting on gloves, your hands might come in contact with copper, iron or metal material, such as coins, or you may have heavy acidic perspiration in your hands. This can usually cause brown stains when wearing gloves. These brown stains do not affect the barrier properties of gloves.

What is a chlorination process in manufacturing gloves?

Chlorination is a process whereby chlorine, ammonia, water and other chemicals are utilized in the manufacturing of gloves. The chlorination process removes powder and breaks down the latex protein as well as the chemical residue on or near the glove surface. Then, through multiple washing and leaching processes, the protein and chemicals are further reduced.

A poor chlorination process (including over-chlorination) can result in gloves that are brittle and weak, tear easily, and have dark yellow or brown discoloring. Sometimes the gloves can be very sticky and make donning impossible or be very slippery without grip on the surface.

Poor chlorination also produces gloves that have a strong chlorine odor. For obvious reasons, chlorinated powder free latex examination gloves should not be recommended for dental use.

Does glove powder cause latex allergies?

Glove powder, which is used in the manufacturing process as a mold releasing agent and a donning lubricant, is also believed to be one possible cause of sensitization. However, it is important to understand that glove powder or cornstarch powder itself is not known to be an allergen.

It is during the manufacturing process whereby the glove powder can absorb some soluble protein. Via aerosolization, these powder particles become airborne. Inhalation or direct contact with these powder particles is alleged to bring about allergic reactions.

Therefore, it is important to use only gloves with low protein and low powder content or low protein and powder free gloves.

It is equally important to note that not all powder free gloves will have a low protein level. There are powder free gloves that contain a high level of latex protein. Therefore, the association of glove powder and soluble protein must be clarified, and only low protein powder free gloves should be used.

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