The healthcare setting is recognized as a high level of risk for infection transmission. Therefore, personal protective equipment is an essential component of standards precautions. Medical gloves are the most common type of PPE to protects the wearer from potential infectious blood or body fluids.
Frequent glove use has caused the incidence of occupational contact dermatitis or adverse skin conditions to healthcare workers. These include allergies and other sensitivities, and often the specific cause may not be known.
healthcare workers are at a high risk of glove-related disorders, with occupational skin disease the second most common work-related problem, contact dermatitis is the most common form of occupational skin disease and accounts for 70-90% of all cases of occupational skin disease.
Chemical allergies and other adverse glove reactions in health care workers and patients can be managed by understanding and recognizing them and then taking appropriate action. Health care workers should be encouraged to report any symptoms to management. A diagnosis is made based on a detailed medical history, physical exam, and the relevance of positive patch tests with offending glove chemicals.