Allergies due to medical gloves are the daily occurrence of more and more healthcare professionals. Gloves are the first cause of work-related allergies due to caoutchouc additives for healthcare professionals, being 40 to 70% of the cases. Frequent exposition of healthcare professionals to such protection equipment is the most likeable cause.
Type I allergy is a consequence of the exposition to natural latex proteins, which affects between 3% and 17% of healthcare professionals. Concerning the type IV allergies, the causes are more diversified.
Even if the contact dermatitis is not mortal, it has important human and economic consequences: according to CDC (Center for Disease Control), the cost of dermatitis is estimated to 1 milliard $ per year in cares and sick leave. Furthermore, the average period of invalidity is over 23 days, which jeopardizes the organization of healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals greatly (lack of resources).
Prevention is key to avoid those allergies.