Majority of the public are not aware of the factors that cause allergy. The general perception is that by wearing gloves, the issues of allergy caused by irritants will be solved. Unfortunately, this is not the case as specific allergens found in gloves can also cause dermatitis such as Type I (latex protein allergy) & Type IV (delayed contact dermatitis) Hypersensitivities. The cause of allergic reactions can be so complex that even a switch from latex gloves to nitrile gloves can eliminates the possibility of Type I Hypersensitivity but the Type IV Hypersensitivity remains unsolved.
Many users see this as a major concern for sensitised glove users. However, non-sensitised glove users will still be at risk of developing hypersensitivities through repeated exposure to allergens found in gloves. Once sensitised, an individual is likely to remain with the allergy for life. Therefore, avoidance on the exposure to allergens is the best way to prevent skin allergies.
Disclaimer: This result is based on the data collected from consumers' survey during tradeshows only and may not represent the entire population.