Glove-Related Dermatitis: What Is It?

Contact dermatitis from gloves is a hazard at any job where employees need to wear gloves for extended periods of time. Contact dermatitis is a skin health condition that can be classified as either allergic or irritant. Allergic contact dermatitis is a rash or itchiness caused by an allergic reaction to a material or substance in the gloves. Irritant contact dermatitis is when there are dry and itchy areas on the skin, and it is often caused by friction.

Latex Contact Dermatitis

Latex often causes allergic contact dermatitis. People who are allergic to latex can develop a rash, itchy eyes, hives, a runny nose, sneezing, an irritated throat and other potentially serious symptoms if they wear latex gloves. If any of your employees suffer from these symptoms, switch to latex-free gloves and get a medical evaluation. Switching from latex gloves gives employees who have latex allergies less chance of coming into contact with the material. 

Even if you aren’t allergic to latex, ongoing exposure can trigger an allergy or sensitivity over time. Team members who wear gloves often may want to use latex-free gloves to prevent latex contact dermatitis. Changing gloves regularly and only wearing them when needed can also help protect your skin.

Nitrile Contact Dermatitis

While many healthcare professionals and other employees turn to nitrile gloves to avoid latex allergies and contact dermatitis, nitrile contact dermatitis can also develop. Sometimes, the materials used in the manufacturing of the gloves can lead to glove-related contact dermatitis and sensitivity to nitrile. Those who often wear nitrile gloves for extended periods of time may develop a sensitivity, which can present as a scaly rash.

As with latex allergy, nitrile contact dermatitis is best treated by obtaining a medical evaluation and avoiding nitrile material.

Other Glove-Related Causes of Dermatitis

Dermatitis can be caused by many factors, such as the accelerators used by glove manufacturers. Even high-quality gloves may contain accelerators, which are chemicals used to quickly link the molecules for the glove material. Another cause of dermatitis is friction, which can be exacerbated by incorrectly fitting gloves.

Overuse of gloves and long periods of wear without breaks, as well as sweating, lots of handwashing and dry skin, can contribute to dermatitis.

Prevent Dermatitis With Gloves From SUNLINE Supply

Finding the correct gloves is a key step in contact dermatitis prevention. SUNLINE Supply is a company carrying only the highest-rated personal protective equipment (PPE). We offer a wide selection of gloves for you to choose from based on what materials you need. Feel free to contact us to find the right gloves for your employees.