Latex Allergy - page 2

I may be allergic to latex! I have tried non-latex powder free gloves and it's not working. I had a full blood work up at the allergist yesterday. I have also been put on solumedrol pack, allegra,... Read More

  1. by   Dragonnurse1
    I realize that your post was in 2005 but I still feel the need to respond. If you have a latex allergy at some point in your life you will tip over the line. I worked 9yrs, 3mos, and some odd days and I got slammed. I have had a host of severe reactions including anaphylaxis and cardiac arrhythmias. I have been at work when we had a resp. tech. drop dead from latex reaction and she had never been diagnosed with an allergy. I think that it is not a good idea to put your life on the line every time you go to work. I hope you have learned more about the allergy as an emergency room that uses latex and then goes "latex-free" is not really latex free and if you have serious problems the mucous membranes in your mouth, eyes and nose can be a source of allergen introduction to your body.
  2. by   jp2096
    thank you all for your replies...i started out with a wet napkin as a barrier for my glove-icepack... then in haste, i used the bare glove, thinking vinyl is hypoallergenic. now i know anything can be allergenic even if it doesn't inherently have proteins. manufacturers don't have to list EVERY ingredient it seems =( ...my primary doc gave me topical and p.o. steroids, an antiviral (since i had an HSV cold sore outbreak a few wks ago), and and antibacterial. i'll just watch out for SJS symptoms. i'm definitely going to keep track of irritants closely from now on.
  3. by   Dragonnurse1
    Good Deal and good luck.
  4. by   mmutk
    I have become allergic to latex as well and use the Ansell Nitrile gloves. Nitrile is great.
  5. by   jp2096
    actually, i am not sensitive to latex. just the vinyl for some reason. there must be some ingredient or powder that does not agree with me. i agree, nitrile rocks, and i can feel through it
  6. by   ab1960
    This is really not a reply, but a plea for help. I am an OR nurse 2 days per week and also an RNFA. The past two years I have been srubbing more for the RNFA job. About six months ago, noticed some itching on my hands. It has progressively gotten worse. I went to a dermatologist and he prescribed a cortisone cream. Only can use it for a couple of weeks. I have tried every cream available to no avail. I have used nonlatex gloves, latex gloves, and I srub only with ultrades. My question then is, can this be a latex allergy, or allergy to chemical accelerators or related to what I am scrubbing with for the cases??? I am desperate to find a solution to this problem. Any ideas? It is making me crazy!!!
  7. by   Dragonnurse1
    Often when someone become latex-sensitive they also start having chemical allergies. If you have changed to nitrile or other non-latex gloves then there is a strong possibility it is other chemicals. There are several chemicals you should suspect and one of the first is formaldhyde. It is used in a lot of manufactoring process. Try using a handcream with natural ing such as Aveeno active naturals. It might help after a day at work.

    It possibly could be the cornstarch used in gloves - remember that powderless gloves still contain some powder just less than other. Cornstarch cen irritate skin causing severe itching.

    Hope you find the culpret.

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