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The Dreaded Dermatitis

Occlusion within a single use (SU) glove can cause a host of skin conditions, such as redness, dryness and chapping.[1] If skin has been repeatedly damaged or these conditions are accelerated by an allergic reaction, bacteria and other unwanted external elements more easily pass through the skin’s compromised barrier. Left untreated, this leads to dermatitis. 


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Occupationally-related contact dermatitis, classified as either irritant or allergic, can develop from frequent and repeated use of hand hygiene products, exposure to chemicals and SU glove use.


Irritant contact dermatitis is a very common ailment of SU glove wearers. It’s non-allergic, meaning the skin has not reacted with any contaminants or ingredients that served as the irritant. Rather, it stems from the skin coming in frequent contact with a harsh environment that produces dry, itchy, irritated areas around the area of contact, such as repeated hand washing or prolonged exposure to an occlusive environment.


By comparison, allergic contact dermatitis (type IV hypersensitivity) results from exposure to accelerators and other chemicals used in the manufacture of rubber gloves as well as from exposure to other chemicals found in the industrial settings. Allergic contact dermatitis often manifests as a rash beginning hours after contact and, like irritant dermatitis, is usually confined to the areas of contact.


Avoid the Discomfort of Dermatitits

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A case of contact dermatitis is not only a health issue for the worker, but the discomfort felt while inflicted can decrease productivity as well. To combat these risks, choosing the right glove—in terms of thickness, material, size and performance technologies—is essential as these attributes all contribute to creating the ideal environment to promote proper hand health as well as optimum function.


In a variety of workplaces, it is necessary for people to wear SU gloves to protect their hands and to protect what is being touched. The occlusive environment created when a glove is donned causes additional hand health challenges on the interior of the SU glove, as well.


Identifying the correct glove material, both in terms of personal allergy and potential environmental interactions that could break down the material, would protect against two causes of skin irritation. In addition, therapeutic properties and protective ingredients manufactured right into the glove will help to limit the potential for irritation from the occlusive environment on the inside.