Background: Accelerators in rubber gloves constitute an important group of contact allergens, particularly in healthcare workers.
Objectives: To assess the efficacy of accelerator-free medical gloves in the secondary prevention of allergic contact dermatitis caused by rubber accelerators in healthcare workers.
Methods: Nine healthcare workers with hand eczema were advised to use accelerator-free rubber gloves after a diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis caused by rubber accelerators.
Results: Switching from conventional medical single-use gloves containing accelerators to accelerator-free medical gloves led to improvement in all cases, and more than two-thirds of the patients were completely free of symptoms.
Conclusion: The use of accelerator-free medical gloves can be an effective alternative in healthcare workers who are allergic to rubber accelerators.
Keywords: accelerator-free gloves; allergic contact dermatitis; glove allergy; healthcare workers; prevention; rubber accelerators; thiurams.
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