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Nitrile, Latex, Vinyl.. What's the Difference? Gloves Edition.

Posted by Catherine Hardy-Cooper on May 30, 2018 12:12:47 PM

Gloves are the one thing you shouldn't be worrying about while in a medical situation. It can be hard to differentiate which kind of glove material best suits you. We, Surgo Surgical Supply, are here to help you get the information you need to make an informed decision. 

Here's what you need to know:


Nitrile Gloves:

Nitrile Gloves are made of a synthetic rubber that is durable and latex free. These gloves are the most popular type of glove used today which is essentially due to the fact that they are functionally adaptable and have very low allergy rates.

Nitrile Gloves are also great for chemical resistance, very handy when you are in such an industry that you will come in contact with hazardous substances.

Something that consumers often don't pay attention to is that when Nitrile Gloves get punctured, they tear. This characteristic of this glove is important because it allows the user to know full well when there is a hole in their glove so that they aren't exposed to bodily or hazardous fluids. Although this is a convenient characteristic of the Nitrile Glove, it shouldn't be relied on and you should always check your gloves for punctures or tears before and during use.


Latex Gloves:

Latex Gloves are the traditional glove out of the three we are comparing today. They are made out of latex rubber which can be of concern for use in the medical industry due to the high ratio of consumers with latex allergies. Although there are concerns, the Latex Gloves can be more comfortable and strong compared to Nitrile Gloves. Latex Gloves can also generally provide more comfort and a better grip.

With allergies to latex being of high concern for the glove users and consumers, it is important to base your decision to buy these gloves with that in mind. Allergic reactions to latex can be as little as skin irritation to as much as a anaphylactic attack.

Latex Gloves give a great physical barrier performance that is similar to Nitrile, but Latex does not provide any real protection against solvents.

If chemical resistance is the focal point of using gloves, Nitrile Gloves would be better.


Vinyl Gloves:

Vinyl Gloves are a popular type of glove but are not suitable for all environments. This glove is latex-free and is generally used for non-hazardous material handling as they offer minimal protection. The most common place these gloves are used is in food and beverage industry because this glove is loose fitting with slight elastic in it. Vinyl Gloves are best suited for low risk situations.

The Vinyl Glove has little to no allergic reaction history. The only real reaction that someone using the gloves would encounter would be skin irritation do to the fact that they have a very small amount of ventilation which causes the hands to perspire and heat up which then causes the irritation.

Overall, the Vinyl Glove is best suited to situations that only have the user wearing the glove for 5 minutes or less.


For the medical industry, Nitrile Gloves offer the best suited characteristics for the field with the elimination of allergy factors, puncture to tear element, and providing great chemical resistance. 


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