Gillian M. Shepherd
Shepherd G.; Safe Use of Latex Rubber. Ann Intern Med. 1995;123:234-235. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-123-3-199508010-00014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1995;123(3):234-235.
TO THE EDITOR:
In their recent review of latex allergy, Sussman and Beezhold  recommend that patients with a positive latex challenge use nonlatex gloves. This recommendation raises the question of the effectiveness of the substitutes—vinyl or synthetic latex (for example, neoprene). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have stated that there are no significant differences in barrier protection between intact latex and vinyl gloves. During regular use, however, vinyl appears to tear more easily and is therefore substantially more permeable [2, 3]. Are the authors aware of data on the effectiveness of nonvinyl synthetic gloves?
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