OK, so I have always used latex gloves without a problem. Then yesterday, I put on sterile latex gloves for a procedure and my hands just started itching after about 10 minutes. I left them on for another 5 minutes or so until the attending came in and assisted. I took my gloves off and my hands were red, mostly around the cuff of the gloves. Then patches started popping up on my hands. When I got home, I had the itches all over my body, but no more rashes. I took a Zyrtec (I have allergies anyways) and put some hydrocortisone cream and it helped. My question is, is this a latex allergy? My attending said you can develop an allergy over time. I found out when I had an event monitor a few months ago that I am allergic to the adhesives on the EKG leads, as well as regular medical tape. I guess I am just an atopic person. Does anyone else have this problem, and what type of products should I avoid? Obviously gloves and adhesives, but any other medical equipment that causes problems? I am applying for a surgical residency, and I hope this doesnt become a problem later on..... Thanks for any help.