Historically, latex gloves have been used in the medical and dental industries because of their superior dexterity and tactile feel, especially for surgical work. However, these can be problematic with practitioners and patients with latex allergies.
As an alternative to latex gloves, the nitrile disposable glove was first developed around 15 years ago, offering latex-free properties to those intolerant or allergic to latex. Initially nitrile gloves were thick and less dexterous than their modern counterparts. But with new technology manufacturing and developments in raw materials, nitrile exam gloves are an excellent alternative to latex gloves - thin yet durable, with dexterity rivalling that of latex.
However, nitrile glove allergies can also pose a problem to the glove wearer. Cheap and toxic raw material ingredients, which reduce glove manufacturing costs, can also cause occupational skin disease (OSD) such as contact dermatitis. The number of gloves used in the healthcare system has increased dramatically during the past 30 years, and even more so since the onset of the pandemic, with gloves being one of the most frequent causes occupational allergic contact dermatitis.
Glove contact allergies are primarily caused by accelerators added to speed up rubber vulcanization during glove manufacturing. Therefore accelerator-free nitrile exam glove options are essential, especially for workers wearing gloves for most of their day.
Eagle Protects accelerator-free disposable glove, Sensitive* nitrile gloves, offer the wearer superior barrier protection, especially when prone to skin allergies and irritation. These are LOW DERMA™ (ensuring low dermatitis potential), protecting the wearer against Type I and Type IV skin hypersensitivity.
No one should have to deal with nitrile glove allergies or skin issues caused by gloves. Contact us for more information on the best alternatives to latex gloves, and how they can benefit you.