Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex, a product made from the rubber tree. If you have a latex allergy, your body mistakes latex for a harmful substance. Latex allergy may cause itchy skin and hives or even anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause throat swelling and severe difficulty breathing.
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Pesticide exposure during harvesting of crops occurs primarily to the workers' hands. When harvesters wear latex rubber gloves for personal safety and hygiene harvesting reasons, gloves accumulate pesticide residues. Hence, characterization of the gloves' properties may be useful for pesticide exposure assessments.
A rubber glove is a glove made out of rubber. Rubber gloves can be unsupported rubber only or supported rubber coating of textile glove. Its primary purpose is protection of the hands while performing tasks involving chemicals.
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This invention relates to a process for reducing extractable protein from a natural latex article, especially latex gloves, and in particular from polymer coated latex gloves. Natural latex is used in the production of formed latex articles, and in particular, latex gloves, since it has superior processing behavior and produces articles having high physical strength. One problem with natural rubber latex articles is that the latex contains allergenic proteins, and cases of contact urticaria, anaphylactic shock and related responses have been reported on exposure to latex articles.
Many countries, including the United Kingdom, have experienced an increase in reports of latex sensitisation due to general exposure to latex in the form of medical and non-medical products. Concerns with regard to infection control have led to increased use of barriers against infection, with latex gloves often offering the primary protection. As the usage of latex products has risen, the emergence of latex sensitisation has been recognised as a problem for some individuals, who may present with a broad range of allergic reactions to the latex. Latex allergy can present as a serious occupational hazard for those who have to wear latex gloves as personal protection at work.