From: David Roberts <droberts**At_Symbol_Here**DEPAUW.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:56:16 -0400
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To me this is very similar to the concept of peanut allergies. There are very different ways that people react to peanut allergies, mine is actually due to a mold that happens to grow on peanuts, while others are actually allergic to a chemical found in the peanut itself. In any event, some are much more sensitive than others.

Doctors realize that they often have patients that have latex allergies (I have a mild one, but nitrile is ok for me). For them, they have gloves made out of butyl rubber (I think) that they use. I know that nitrile and latex are great lab gloves simply because of their wide range of usage (vinyl works about 20 seconds in acetone before breakthrough), but perhaps some of the gloves used by doctors for patient evaluation are good (I really don?t know here, I?m just throwing this out there).

Good luck finding something. It?s a very common thing, and one I feel worth investigating.

Dave

> On Sep 2, 2016, at 9:29 AM, paracelcusbombastusvon**At_Symbol_Here**juno.com wrote:
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> Lucy,
> You hit the nail on the head. The sensitivity is not to the "polymer" but rather the "accelerants" or catalysts.
> Lynn Knudtson
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> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: Lucy Dillman
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> Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
> Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2016 18:46:34 -0700
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> I'm weighing in on the glove issue. I have a sensitivity to latex gloves, so switched to nitrile. (All powder free, by the way). After some time, I felt like bees were stinging my hands when wearing nitrile gloves. I tried using cotton glove liners, but they are hot and awkward, at least for me, when performing fine motor tasks. After some study, I discovered accelerant free nitrile gloves. Apparently it is the accelerant they use in making the material that can be a sensitizer. My problem was solved.
>
> Best wishes,
> Lucy Dillman
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Amanda MacPherson
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> Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2016 1:05 PM
> Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
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> Hi Zack,
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> No, we do not have powered gloves. They are the thin gloves that we use for general purpose use. We have specialty gloves for some specific applications, but the student will not be working with those types of materials for this particular lab.
>
> On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 1:54 PM, Zack Mansdorf wrote:
> Are you using powdered gloves? Nitrile allergies are pretty rare. Are these thin gloves or thick gloves (thin I assume).
>
>
> If the glove use is to keep the student clean or the work area clean, there are potential alternatives. If it is for chemical permeation resistance, you need to check permeation guides.
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> I have not heard of nitrile glove allergy but allergy to latex is not uncommon. It would be good to document the nitrile allergy if it has not been previously reported. Perhaps you could try vinyl gloves but I would do it cautiously since this person is allergic to nitrile (a polymer).
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> >From: Amanda MacPherson
> >Re: Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
> >
> >Hello,
> >
> >We currently have a student going through our chemistry program that has an allergy to latex and nitrile gloves. Does anyone know of a suitable alternative they would recommend? I have found several alternatives, but I know virtually nothing about the gloves themselves.
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> >Thank you,
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