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Make the Right Glove Choice Between Latex Gloves, Nitrile Gloves or Vinyl Gloves

Latex gloves are a a popular protective choice for medical or industrial use. Latex gloves are made out of rubber, a natural product. They have a slight advantag with comfort and dexterity over nitrile gloves. For this reason the majority of surgical gloves are still made from latex. Latex gloves are a natural, biodegradable material.

Nitrile gloves are an ideal alternative when latex allergies are of concern. These are made from a synthetic rubber and are often referred to as "medical grade." Nitrile gloves also offer the most puncture resistence. Since latex allergies affect many people, nitrile gloves are often preferred.

Vinyl gloves are made from a synthetic material, are allergy free and an alternative to wearing a latex glove. Medical examination gloves are commonly made of synthetic materials.

Powdered gloves or unpowdered?  Powder is used as a lubricant in the manufacture of medical gloves in order to facilitate donning and to avoid the gloves sticking together. Today, the most widely used dusting powders are cornstarch (the most common), and calcium carbonate.

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