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Post Icon Posted: Aug 18th, 2008 at 12:31 am

I was painting today and wore disposable vinyl gloves while painting. I have had eczema on my hands for the past year. It's generally mild but it does tend to flare up from time to time.

Well, when I was done painting I looked at my hands (still in the gloves) and noticed that they were red and my right wrist (my worst eczema spot) was a very angry red. I have some red bumps (most likely mild hives, maybe) on my fingers among the eczema rash. My hands are also incredibly itchy right now.

I've washed my hands with my usual soap and lotioned them (with lotion I've used previously). I think I may take some Benadryl but maybe not a full dose because I don't want to be too sleepy.

Any thoughts? Could this be an allergic reaction?
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 18th, 2008 at 12:44 am

Well it may be a reaction to accelerators in the vinyl gloves. Though I did find a reference to a study that showed and allergy to bisphenol A in vinyl gloves.

The below article pretty much describes what my hands look and feel like: It looks like I have poison ivy and it burns and itches just as much.

http://www.aaaai.org/aadmc/ate/category.asp?cat=9916

The BPA study
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118767001/abstract
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 18th, 2008 at 12:50 am

If they were powdered with anything that is definitely the most likely culprit. Seriously.



That is what many people with latex allergy start by sensitizing to, as well-- so predominant that powder-free is now the standard for gloves.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 18th, 2008 at 06:35 am

Wow. You know, you try to do the right thing (in avoiding latex) and it bites you in the bum.

I hope you're hands are better today.



Um, what color of paint, may I ask? I know--separate thread. I like the colors you posted a few months ago--dying to see what else you've chosen. We seem to have similar tastes.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 18th, 2008 at 07:23 am

I used to get nasty hives from sitting barelegged in my dad's car with vinyl seats. It was a heat rash - the vinyl doesn't let the skin breathe. Do you by chance have heat uticaria? And either way, keeping all that heat and sweat on skin that already has eczema can't be good Smiley
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 18th, 2008 at 09:03 am

Were your hands sweaty while wearing the gloves? I have wicked bouts of eczema on my hands, too. I wear vinyl gloves (latex allergy) and find that when my hands sweat inside, it drives me crazy with itch and they get bright red. I wish there was an instant calming cream to use when your hands get uncontrollably itchy like that. I tend to scratch and it makes them worse. The other thing that brings some relief is that I run them under very cold water.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 18th, 2008 at 10:06 am

I have constant hand eczema and when I wear vinyl gloves (or any kind of gloves) it actually makes my eczema worse then just straight up cleaning or washing dishes without gloves.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 18th, 2008 at 11:56 am

Aug 18th, 2008 at 06:35 am, McCobbre wrote:
Wow. You know, you try to do the right thing (in avoiding latex) and it bites you in the bum.

I hope you're hands are better today.



Um, what color of paint, may I ask? I know--separate thread. I like the colors you posted a few months ago--dying to see what else you've chosen. We seem to have similar tastes.


It's just the pantry, so I painted it white. Hopefully that will reflect light and make it easier to see the items in the pantry. You'd be happy with the rest of the project. We're putting in Elfa pantry shelves. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take pictures of the pantry before we started, but I've been taking them as we go along.

DH, unfortunately, stripped the head of a screw but it's not all the way screwed in, so that has delayed us putting the shelves in. Honestly, I could probably should put a third coat on the walls but it looks OK and nobody's going to see the walls after everything is in.

My hands look a bit better than last night. They're not as red and not as itchy. However, my eczema is really acting up. It's the worst spot for eczema. I really need to go in for allergy testing; I suspect that this persistent eczema is related to some sort of allergy. It's funny how I'll ignore these symptoms in myself by not DD; I joked about that with DD's pediatrician this morning.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 18th, 2008 at 11:59 am

For those who suggested heat uticaria, I think you're right in your suggestions. I quite often suffered from heat rash as a child. I'll just have to switch the gloves I use; I might just use gardening gloves next time. As it was, I kept poking holes in the tips of the fingers; I have big hands and gloves aren't often large enough for me. It certainly was not worth the discomfort of the rash and eczema flare.
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