—To assess the prevalence of latex glove allergy in a population of health care providers (dentists) with a high occupational exposure to latex gloves.
—A survey instrument was distributed to all active-duty dental officers in the US Army (n=1628). The survey was designed to identify those individuals who had symptoms of allergy to latex gloves.
—US Army dental facilities worldwide.
—The response rate to the survey was 64% (n=1043). There were 143 (13.7%) responses indicating latex glove allergy. If nonrespondents were assumed to be allergy-free, the prevalence rate would be 8.8%.
—Latex allergy, as ascertained by self-report in this survey, appears to have a substantial prevalence in this health care provider population.(JAMA. 1992;268:2695-2697)