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    Ketosis and nitrile gloves

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    Ketones are supposed to dissolve nitrile compounds...trying to find out if the products are dangerous or not...

    hydrolysis of nitriles

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    Any chemists can help? This is mostly gibberish to my little mind...
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    Just don't lick them or pee on them. I don't think ketones are coming out of your skin, but acetone is going to be in your urine and saliva.

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    Ketones I think do leave the skin. Am I wrong?
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    I'm rather under the impression they're taken up by muscle and brain tissue, and only waste products (acetone, probably other junk) go out the way typical waste products do. Which, I guess, might include sweat.

    That said, at a good enough concentration to harm gloves, that much acetone would leave you dead. I used to do HVAC stuff and man, let me tell you, acetone -eats- gloves.

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    Yes, that's why I had to reach into my buckets with bare skin at the paint shop.

    I just noticed that my nitrile gloves seem to break down faster when I'm in ketosis, and I wondered if the byproducts of that breakdown could affect me...
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    So I can't figure out how nitriles would react with ketones right now. My o-chem is rusty, and that's disturbing to me. (Seems like something I should be able to figure out just by looking at it...Thanks for making me feel bad about my Alzheimer's. Must be all that fruit I'm eating. )

    When I worked in a lab I sometimes would forget and get acetone all over my nitrile gloves. The reaction is endothermic--it gets really cold. To avoid this, I'd put on a pair of latex gloves over my nitrile gloves. You can do the reverse. Put on a pair of latex gloves underneath your nitrile gloves. Unless you're allergic to latex...in which case, I don't know what to tell you.

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