| FAQ - Occupational Health & Latex Allergy - Archived Through 2012
Should we use powder-free vinyl or nitrile gloves for patients with latex allergies?
The key to managing latex-allergic individuals is to avoid contact with latex proteins. Since vinyl and nitrile do not contain natural rubber latex protein, the presence of powder on these gloves poses no risk of latex exposure. The powder used in latex products may carry particles of the latex protein and cause exposure to sensitive or allergic individuals. Generally, it is not the powder itself that is of concern.