Latex Allergies and Vet School

Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by Fireflysushi, Mar 13, 2012.

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  1. Fireflysushi

    Fireflysushi CSU c/o 2016! 5+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    In my year off between undergrad and vet school, I am working in a research lab that, before I came, always used latex gloves. So when I started I used their provided gloves and have discovered that I am allergic to them- picture burn like welts all over my hands that blistered and popped, eww!
    My question is: In vet school are there often nitrile alternatives or will I have to buy my own?
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  3. sooprnova

    sooprnova Penn c/o 2016! 2+ Year Member

    May 7, 2010
    Don't know wjat it's like at CSU, but I think at Penn you provide your own, allergies or no allergies.
  4. Lissarae06

    Lissarae06 Insert Veterinarian Badge Here 7+ Year Member

    For Oklahoma State, you provide your own gloves for anatomy. For other classes though they provide latex with nitrile available for those with allergies. I prefer nitrile to latex even without allergies, especially for anatomy because the smell gets through latex easier than nitrile.
  5. breenie

    breenie Weenie 2015 2+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2010
    You buy your own here.
  6. nyanko

    nyanko 360noscope squidkid 10+ Year Member

    Sep 8, 2006
    For anatomy we bring our own, but usually they have some available in labs like path or whatever where we might forget. They usually have mostly latex but if you ask around can usually track down some nitrile ones. I have a latex allergy as well and so far hasn't been an issue getting nitrile.
  7. CorporateFatCat

    CorporateFatCat UC Davis c/o 2016 7+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2009
    Just a heads up, I had a similar reaction to the powder used in certain latex gloves. It was never latex itself, but the additive. It's best not to risk it though, reactions will get worse upon continued exposure.
  8. Fireflysushi

    Fireflysushi CSU c/o 2016! 5+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Thanks everybody! :D I figured as much for anatomy, but wasn't sure about surgery?

    Yeah mine got exponentially worse the month that I was forced to use them.

    I work with the woman that now teaches the undergraduate animal anatomy here at CSU and she said that nitrile gloves are the only ones that protect you from the embalming liquid/preservative used on the animals. she researched all the hazardous effects of that stuff because she is breast feeding and it really freaks her out. She is making nitrile mandatory this year.
  9. SocialStigma

    SocialStigma OVC c/o 2015 7+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2009
    Midwest, US
    we have to buy our own gloves here
  10. Bill59

    Bill59 Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Type I hypersensitivity is usually the latex. Type IV is usually an accelerant used in latex but also some non-latex gloves so you have to make sure the gloves are not only latex free but also don't contain the accelerant, which I can't remember the name of.

    In the hospital, there will be plenty of different types of gloves available.
  11. jmo1012

    jmo1012 SGU (NCSU) c/o 2015! 5+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2011
    Under the Sea
    we just learned about hypersensitivities in immunology-it makes me way too excited to recognize and know what you're talking about haha:D
  12. lailanni

    lailanni c/o 2012 7+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2007
    At WSU you bring your own for anatomy.

    In the hospital you can usually find some non-latex. People are really good about helping you locate some if you ask. The techs will ask if you need non-latex before scrubbing into surgery too. I'm not a full blown reactor, but my skin is sensitive to it. I haven't had any troubles here.
  13. squeegee

    squeegee 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2007
    surgery also has non-latex options, you just need to tell the scrub nurses that you have a latex allergy before you scrub and they'll get your gown ready with your size of non-latex gloves. other than that, you buy your own for anatomy and they have gloves all over the hospital but i'm not 100% sure they're all non-latex. if i recall they're mostly blue/purple (so nitrile perhaps?) but maybe just to be safe you could keep a couple pairs in your pocket/bag so if you run into an area of the hospital where you need gloves and they're latex you can just throw them on. :)
  14. Fireflysushi

    Fireflysushi CSU c/o 2016! 5+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2010

    Good idea! I think I will just carry some around with me all the time.
  15. pinkpuppy9

    pinkpuppy9 Illinois c/o 2019 2+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Digging this thread up again-I just started a new job that will allow me to scrub in for surgery with the DVM. However, I have some pretty decent reactions to latex (powdered and unpowdered) to the point where I sometimes react when I'm not even the one wearing the gloves (awesome). Can individuals purchase sterile nitrile gloves? The hospital doesn't stock non-latex gloves and I'd hate to be a burden (however, I will talk to the vet about it).

    Another random question....does anyone know if I can buy gloves at a drug store and autoclave them to make them sterile? I've never scrubbed in, but I know the gloves are folded a certain way and have longer cuffs. I'd hate for this allergy to limit my opportunities.
  16. psilovethomas

    psilovethomas fading 7+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2010
    The gloves you buy at the drugstore are just not the same. They are not as durable, the sleeves are short, and good luck folding them into a piece of thin paper that will fold nicely for you. Your employer should supply you with the correct gloves if you have a latex allergy.
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  17. rushy


    Mar 11, 2014
    One of the internal medicine residents has a serious latex allergy at my work and we ordered these for her. ImageUploadedBySDN Mobile1420691038.931498.jpg
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  18. dyachei

    dyachei vet robot pirate zombie SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2007
    They make sterile powder free nitrile surgery gloves but you usually have to order through a distributor for them. If you really don't want to be a burden you could offer to reimburse them. But if they need you to scrub in for work, they should provide them
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  19. pinkpuppy9

    pinkpuppy9 Illinois c/o 2019 2+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    That's what I was worried about. I talked to one of the techs today and she said she'd put it on the order list and see if the practice manager is willing to order them! I'm a little concerned that they won't right now since the clinic is so slow that we're going home early and there are days where absolutely nothing is scheduled....but hopefully they will! Thanks everyone!

    Another question: Pros and cons of vinyl, nitrile, and neoprene? Vinyl seems less breathable compared to nitrile, but I've never tried neoprene before.

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