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is it not good to wear latex gloves all night?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Breathe: Latex gloves will not allow your skin to breathe well, thus wearing them all night may cause significant issues if done for a prolonged period of time.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

We use latex gloves at work and my nails get damaged. How can I strengthen them?

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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Biotin: Does not sound like a latex allergy. So i would recommend using hand moisturizer at work - there are some specifically made for glove wearers. Also taking biotin daily like in a hair, skin and nail formula vitamin from a health food store can help too!
A 32-year-old member asked:

My granddaughter is allergic to rubber/latex. What would be an alternative to rubber handles on her bike.?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Wear cotton gloves: ...If needed. True latex allergy is in reaction to airborne latex rubber proteins. Vulcanized rubber, such as that in bike handles, tennis shoes, rubber bands, etc, does not give off latex proteins. Many people allergic to latex are afraid to be around this type of rubber, but it really doesn't cause any trouble.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Do latex ultra thin condoms break easily?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No : Ultra latex thin condoms do not break easily if used correctly. Remember they must be stored safely too. Keeping them in your car or in a hot location can cause the material to break down. Also never use one passed the expiration date.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I treat a latex reaction?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See below: This is usually treated with a cortisone cream or benadryl (diphenhydramine).
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do polyurethane condoms rally work as well as latex condoms?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not really: Studies of the effectiveness of latex vs polyurethane condoms demonstrated that non-latex condoms are not as effective (higher slippage & breakage rate) as latex condoms. But they are considered an effective substitute for someone with latex allergies.

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