Q:

5/16/2014
I have a dental hygenist allergic to both Thiuram and Carba mixes; neomysin sulfate; nickelsulfate hexahydrate; Bacitracin; Goldsodiumthiosulfate. What brand of gloves could she try? We are at a loss and she is unable to work.

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

The only contact allergens to which your patient is sensitive according to your inquiry that would be found in gloves are the rubber accelerators, thiuram and Carba mix. The rest of the allergens mentioned are not found in surgical gloves. There are a number of options available that are rubber accelerator-free. These could include, for example, nitrile gloves and certain synthetic rubber brands. The links to the websites copied below will give you details and brand names of rubber accelerator-free surgical gloves, and discuss the major pros and cons of their use.

Allergy to rubber accelerators

Allergic reactions to glove materials

Patient Information Leaflet Carba Mix

Patient Information Thiuram Mix

Thank you again for your inquiry and we hope this response is helpful to you.

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology