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Contact Dermatitis. 1992 Apr;26(4):259-62.

Prick and use tests with 6 glove brands in patients with immediate allergy to rubber proteins.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Oulu, Finland.


20 patients with contact urticaria from rubber gloves were prick tested using eluates from 4 latex (Triflex, Ansell Gammex, Exona, Armi) and 2 non-latex (Tactylon, Elastyren) glove brands. All patients showed a positive prick test reaction to at least 2 latex glove eluates. A hypoallergenic glove (Ansell Gammex) gave a positive prick test reaction in 1 patient, but non-latex gloves were negative in all cases. All patients showed a positive result in the use test with a latex surgical glove (Triflex), whereas none did with a non-latex glove (Tactylon). Non-latex gloves and, in some cases, also hypoallergenic latex gloves, are a good alternative to rubber gloves for patients with immediate latex allergy.

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