Safety first

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  1. silbchris

    silbchris New Member

    Jan 14, 2020
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    I've been baking for years but recently I've started getting red, itchy skin around my hands (fingers specifically) whenever I bake with certain types of yeast, and I'm wondering if it's an allergic reaction.

    I don't want to touch the ingredients with my hands in bad condition for hygiene reasons, so I've been looking into powder-free disposable gloves like these since I can just toss them out after and they won't contaminate the food as hand creams would.

    Does anyone have any tips for dealing with something like this?
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
    silbchris, Jan 14, 2020
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    retired baker Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2020
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    Northern Maine .
    Yes, exact same reaction, the gloves made it a LOT worse.
    I also , like you, suspected the yeast.
    It got so bad my eyes started to swell closed so I went to the emergency room.
    They treated me with steroids and sent me to a dermatologist for testing.
    A patch test showed an allergy to Thiurum.
    Its a chemical used to vulcanize rubber, from gum to elastic.

    The only way to find out the root cause is a dermatologist patch test.
    It wasn't super expensive, $180 .

    I still get the finger rash, but I know what it is and it doesn't bother me.
    Flour on my hands is still an irritant.
    retired baker, Jan 14, 2020
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