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Reactions caused by latex

Created: 28/9/2004
Updated: 13/10/2008

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis, including both irritant and allergic responses, is the most common clinical reaction associated with latex and its additives.

Irritant contact dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis is a non-allergic skin rash characterised by hand erythema, dryness, cracking, scaling and vesicle formation. These changes may be due to sweating or rubbing under the glove and from residual soaps and detergents in prolonged contact with the gloved cutaneous surface.

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