Why Use Accelerator-Free Gloves?
A high percentage of healthcare professionals suffer from glove-related hand allergies. Clinical evidence shows that over 80 per cent of allergic contact dermatitis is attributed to a chemical allergy.1
A chemical allergy is a reaction to specific allergens such as chemical accelerators used in the glove manufacturing process of both latex and synthetic gloves.2 Using an accelerator-free glove can help prevent a user from suffering an outbreak.
Gloves with Accelerators Can Cause Chemical Allergies
Clinically speaking a chemical allergy will present itself as red, irritated, cracked and itchy skin on and around the area of contact.
The chemical allergy response begins when the antigens, such as residual chemical accelerators, leach from the glove and penetrate the skin, triggering the formation of T cells sensitised to the specific antigens.
Repeated exposure to the antigen in individuals who are allergic results in the reactivation of sensitised T cells and incites the inflammatory response causing the symptoms of red and itchy skin.2
How to Prevent Chemical Allergies
There are many ways to identify a chemical allergy, such as patch testing, diagnostic skin testing and blood or allergy testing. Once the chemical allergy is determined as the cause, the primary treatment is avoidance or minimisation of exposure to the allergen; however, there are also some medications and moisturisers that can help alleviate the symptoms.