BUFFALO, N.Y. — A common sight in the presence of medical professional offices, the convenience of powdered medical gloves may be significantly outweighed by the risks they pose of major patient health risks.

“Patients who have asthma, bad allergies, they may not be aware and they can start developing reactions to that. Increase coughing, increase difficulty breathing,” said Dr. Joseph Chow, WNY Immediate Care Chief Medical Officer, when interviewed by WIVB 4 – Buffalo.

“With the patients we found that with the powder, it can have increased amounts of post operative complications with scarring, potentially with infection.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now recommending that powdered gloves be banned across all medical practices. The FDA claims that exposure to the powder can lead to respiratory issues and allergic reactions.

Powdered gloves are frequently used in surgery but medical professionals of all practices often use them for their convenience. However, with the gloves leading to an array of patient side effects it is recommended that medical professionals use powder free gloves.

The FDA first started investigating medical complications in 1997 but did not announce any bans are stern warnings until recent years.

However, Dr. Chow finished his interview by noting that few medical practices still use powdered gloves.

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