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What Are Nitrile and Latex Gloves Used For?

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What Are Nitrile and Latex Gloves Used For?

PPE, such as a face mask, is most often used by people who work with the public, including lifeguards, first responders and healthcare providers. When it comes to nitrile vs latex, both serve the same basic purpose. Latex and nitrile gloves are lightweight, stretchy hand coverings that protect the wearer from direct contact with whatever they may touch, which defends first aid and healthcare providers from bloodborne pathogens. They can also prevent foodborne illnesses and skin irritation caused by household cleaners, as well as the spread of infectious diseases.


PPE are recommended to wear when caring for someone who is sick and when sanitizing and disinfecting your home. Frequently-touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches and countertops harbor tons of germs, and the cleaning products that actually disinfect can be harsh on your skin.


While disposable gloves help keep you safe by blocking direct skin contact, they are not the most effective way to prevent getting sick. The most important protective measure is frequent and thorough hand washing. Always wash your hands with soap and water after removing gloves. Reusing or washing disposable gloves or other disposable PPE are not recommended because effectiveness wanes with repeated use.


Although nitrile and latex gloves are incredibly common forms of PPE, there are a few reasons why you might pick one over the other. The first is whether you or anyone in your household has a latex allergy. Use of latex gloves can cause a rash, hives, swelling and more when used by someone with a latex sensitivity. Gloves made from synthetic materials, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nitrile, or polyethylene,are safer for people with latex allergies.


Latex gloves are popular due to their elasticity and comfort. Nitrile gloves, on the other hand, are more durable and resistant to punctures and chemicals. Overall, nitrile gloves may be the more versatile option. Whichever you choose, always stock protective gloves in your garage, shop or cleaning cupboard to keep your hands safe and sanitary.



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