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Latex Glove Allergy | Vytex Natural Rubber Latex

Latex Glove Allergy

Having a latex glove allergy can be common, but many people are unaware that the cause of their allergic skin reaction may be from the natural rubber latex the glove is made from. The prevalence of a latex glove allergy has increased significantly due to the higher use of latex gloves primarily in the healthcare industry.

Understanding Latex Allergy

With approximately 40,000 products on the market that contain Natural Rubber Latex (NRL), the chances of coming into contact with a latex product such as latex gloves, is very high. Natural rubber latex contains over 200 proteins, 13 of which are suspected allergens. These antigenic proteins can cause allergic reactions in latex sensitive people.

Latex Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms of an allergic reactions caused by latex can be minor skin irritation and redness to sneezing to anaphylactic shock, a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. Other symptoms include skin rash, hives, irritated or watery eyes, swollen eyes, itching and/or difficulty breathing.

How Vytex® NRL Works

Vytex NRL is an eco-friendly natural rubber latex raw material that significantly reduces the antigenic proteins found in natural rubber latex, the primary material in the manufacturing of latex gloves. Produced through a novel, patented process, Vytex NRL retains all the positive qualities of latex with virtually undetectable levels of the antigenic proteins that are believed to cause latex allergies. This development can help those who suffer from allergies caused by contact with latex gloves.

If you believe you suffer from a latex skin allergy, contact your physician or healthcare provider about your concerns and consider being tested for latex allergy. For more information on allergies, visit the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology website. For further information on Vytex NRL or to find products made with Vytex NRL, sign up for our newsletter or contact us. We also recommend looking for the “Vytex® NRL” logo for a better latex with significantly reduced antigenic protein levels.

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