Table 1: Summary of subjects' history for allergic reactions.


Questionnaire Variables n = 240 (%)

Previous reports for latex allergy 24 (10.0)
Regular use of latex gloves 227 (94.6)
Assisting colleagues that use latex gloves 195 (81.3)
Hand erythema during work 23 (6)
Previous chirurgical interventions 57 (23.8)
Hypotension shock after chirurgical interventions 0
Irritant dermatitis after hand wash/washout procedures 33 (13.8)
Irritant disorders after hand disinfection procedures 26 (10.8)
History for additional allergic pathologies 42 (17.5)
Familiar history for allergic diseases 63 (26.3)
Smoking 65 (27.1)
Immediate erythema after use of latex gloves 31 (12.9)
Eczema or cracked skin within 2 days after use of latex gloves 34 (14.2)
Regular use of latex-free gloves 146 (60.8)
Adverse reactions after use of latex-free gloves 2 (0.4)
Attenuation of adverse symptoms after use of latex-free gloves 102 (42.5)
Sneezing, eye itching, nasal congestion after latex exposure 13 (5.4)
Breathlessness attack after latex exposure 6 (2.5)
Facial itching, angioedema, or erythema after latex exposure 12 (5.0)
Breathlessness attack after toy balloon blowing 5 (2.1)
Additional allergic reactions non-related to latex 28 (11.7)
Visit in emergency services after latex exposure 17 (7.1)
Previous positive allergy tests 13 (5.4)
Previous report for food allergies 37 (15.4)