Part of Yulex’s mission is to help people with Type I latex allergies. Yulex recognizes the need for non-allergenic medical products in the marketplace, including gloves, personal protective equipment gloves and condoms.
Our Yulex Pure Process removes over 99.9% of natural rubber harmful impurities, including proteins from our non-sensitizing, FSC Certified, hevea-based specialty natural rubber. Yulex Pure guayule-based specialty natural rubber has none of the sensitizing antigenic proteins found in traditional commercial Hevea latex and is considered a safe alternative for people with Type I allergies.
Evidence suggests that over 8% (over 30 million people) of the general US population are affected by latex allergy and more than 18% of healthcare workers have latex allergy.
Type I Latex allergy is an unusual allergy in that many people with normal immune systems became sensitized to multiple latex proteins through over-exposure to proteins in latex products.
People became allergic when soluble proteins were left in gloves instead of being washed away during manufacturing. This occurred in the 1980s when an increase in demand for latex products caused manufacturers to cut washing steps that would have helped lower protein levels. This additional amount of protein was enough to present a sensitizing dose of protein allergens to millions of people. Unfortunately, when this happened, these peoples’ immune systems became sensitive to all types of proteins in the gloves, not just to the soluble proteins alone.
Although a high dose of protein is needed to cause sensitization, tiny amounts of protein can trigger life-threatening allergic reactions to those who have become sensitized. This means that a Type I latex allergic person cannot safely use any product made with commrecial Hevea latex, even one that has been thoroughly washed. The remaining protein can still be recognized and trigger a violent reaction with tragic results.
Synthetic materials such as nitrile rubber and neoprene are alternatives that do not have these proteins, but can also generally have poorly elasticity with high risk of break rates and viral penetration rates.