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    when i changed hospitals and moved to a icu in ny i noticed that i had started braking out in hives this was around nov. 20 2003, every time i went to the doctor no one knew what was causing and what to do about it. benadryl did nothing for it, the only thing that seemed to help was solu-medrol, but even this would not clear them up. ( to give you an idea of how bad- from the tip of my head to the soles of my feet where covered in hives and welts where clothing rubbed. finally in january my husband linked it to the sterile powdered gloved at work. it was not a latex allergy but an allergy to the powder inside the gloves, so as you can imagine this makes life very hard for me if any sterile procedure was done in the room and the sterile powdered gloves where uses, aka the powder gets eveywhere. i was wondering if anyone else has had this problem ? the only was i can do my job is to where the isolation gowns and gloves at all time and to use a special non powdered sterile gloves. the respitory therapist don't understand not to use the regular gloves in my rooms, to which i have to explain to them that they will cause me to go into resp. distress, ( bad wheezes...i don't want to see what happens when they get worst!!!)

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  3. by   CCU NRS
    That is too bad. I am sorry to hear that you have such a bad reaction to these items with powder is it a specific powder or any powder? Just the sterile gloves? What does you facility say?
  4. by   delta32
    it is just the sterile powdered gloves, my hospitals answer at first was to place non-sterile vinayl gloves under the powdered gloves, this did not work one bit, then they odered me the right gloves and the other nurses keep using them with out paying attention that there the special gloves for me, so when i came to work yesterday they had used all my special gloves and my patient required a "red rubber" suction cathator which resp ended up doing all night.
  5. by   iliel
    Ugh! Hives...I'm the queen of them. Everytime I get excited, sad, whatever...I get them...they suck!
  6. by   delta32
    they hurt !!!! plus i have to take atarax before i can sleep at night so i don't itch!!!!
  7. by   nowplayingEDRN
    writing your name in big[black letters on the box?? or if you have a locker.....lock them up in there and bring them out when youare on shift ? i have an allergic reaction to nitrile gloves. my hands swell, turn red and raw and itch something awful from them and so far i have found only one brand of non-latex gloves that do not bother me. fortunately at my current facility they use non powdered latex gloves. the problem arises when i open the cath kits and those nitrile gloves magically appear in the kit! but i used to have to lock my latex, power free gloves up at my old job and bring them out only when i was on duty to keep others from using them all up on me. just a suggestion to help you keep your gloves so you don't have a health problem.
  8. by   delta32
    I'm going to have to find a better place to hide them, the problem is that i don't have a locker and they don't keep them in there box, but i do carry 4 pkgs in my bag at all times, (the only night i leave my bag home this happens!). but i'm sure that we'll figure this out some how, i think mine are so out of hand because it took so long to figure out what causes them
  9. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I wish you all the best in working out the best solution for your hive troubles.
  10. by   nekhismom
    I'm allergic to Latex, so I can totally relate to the powder problem. If someone uses the powdered gloves around me and whips them off near me, I inhale the powder, and BAM!!! Hives, itching, airway constriction, wheezing, etc. It sucks!!!

    You're sure it's not a latex allergy? I was told that the powder in the latex gloves actually contains more latex than the gloves themselves, and can cause more severe reactions. I don't know the answer, but I hope you get it figured out soon. I know how painful it can be to have to work with gloves that you are allergic to!