Occlusive gloves and skin conditions: is there a problem? Results of a cross-sectional study in a semiconductor company

Weistenhöfer W, Wacker M, Bernet F, Uter W, Drexler H (2015)


Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2015

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Book Volume: 172

Pages Range: 1058-65

Journal Issue: 4

DOI: 10.1111/bjd.13481

Abstract

Although there is poor scientific evidence that working with occlusive gloves is as damaging as wet work, prolonged glove occlusion is considered to be a risk factor for developing hand eczema similar to wet work.To assess the effects of wearing occlusive gloves during the whole working day, without exposure to any additional hazardous substances, on skin condition and skin barrier function.We investigated 323 employees of a semiconductor production company in Germany: 177 clean-room workers wearing occlusive gloves during the whole shift (exposed group) and 146 employees working in administration (control group). A standardized interview was performed, the skin condition of both hands was studied using the quantitative skin score HEROS, and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and stratum corneum hydration were measured.There was no significant difference in skin condition between the two subgroups. Values for TEWL and corneometry were significantly higher in exposed participants (P < 0·05). However, the TEWL values were similar to control values if participants took off the occlusive gloves at least 30 min before the measurement. Hence, the effect of occlusion on skin barrier function seems to be transient.Prolonged wearing of occlusive gloves with clean hands and without exposure to additional hazardous substances does not seem to affect the skin negatively.

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APA:

Weistenhöfer, W., Wacker, M., Bernet, F., Uter, W., & Drexler, H. (2015). Occlusive gloves and skin conditions: is there a problem? Results of a cross-sectional study in a semiconductor company. British Journal of Dermatology, 172(4), 1058-65. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjd.13481

MLA:

Weistenhöfer, Wobbeke, et al. "Occlusive gloves and skin conditions: is there a problem? Results of a cross-sectional study in a semiconductor company." British Journal of Dermatology 172.4 (2015): 1058-65.

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