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
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. We also recommend looking for the “Vytex® NRL” logo
for a better latex with significantly reduced antigenic protein levels.