oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Rubber additive contact dermatitis : allergies in the workplace

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Rubber contact dermatitis in the form of latex protein allergies has been well described but the incidence of occupational sensitisation to rubber additives used in the manufacture of natural and synthetic rubber is increasing. A variety of chemicals are used in the manufacture of rubber that can be converted to new allergens or, with time, become exposed in fully cured products. These chemicals come into contact with the skin and may cause hypersensitivity reactions. Rubber based products are ubiquitous and are not easily avoided thus potentially adversely impacting quality of life. This article discusses the additives used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber, the mechanism and diagnosis of rubber additive contact dermatitis as well as prevention and management strategies.

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