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Disposable Gloves: Latex, Vinyl and Nitrile Gloves for Medical Use

Stay clean and sanitary during clean-ups, chores and more with our selection of single use and disposable gloves, including popular options such as powder-free, non-sterile, nitrile and latex gloves. There are many types of disposable gloves available so you can choose the type that works best for your needs. Read more...

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The following are some options to consider when you purchase a box of gloves.

Powdered vs. Powder-Free Gloves

Besides the material disposable gloves are made from, it is also important to consider powdered versus powder-free gloves. Powdered gloves help you get to work quickly due to their powdered insides which make them easy to slip on and off. More sensitive individuals, however, prefer non-powdered gloves, which are also mess-free, leaving none of the residue powdered gloves leave behind.

Nitrile vs. Latex

Of all disposable gloves, latex gloves provide the highest level of comfort, flexibility and more. Latex rubber gloves provide excellent protection against bacteria and viruses. Because of their high tactile sensitivity, these gloves are preferred for precise or delicate work such as surgery.

If your skin is latex sensitive, however, latex-free gloves are for you. Of the different synthetic glove types available, gloves made of nitrile are often preferred, since disposable nitrile gloves provide comparable comfort and protection to that of latex gloves. Nitrile gloves also provide a high level of protection, with durable, puncture-resistant material that protects users from chemicals and viruses.

Another non-latex gloves option is vinyl plastic gloves, which are generally cheaper than their nitrile counterparts and offer a lower level of protection. Vinyl gloves are ideal for those who prefer a cost-efficient synthetic glove that is comfortable and offers protection against chemicals, such as housekeepers, gardeners, painters and mechanics.

Medical Glove Color

There are many different calculations that go into choosing the color for disposable gloves. Some prefer a clean-looking white medical glove to easily spot contamination and avoid the risk of reactions caused by the die in colored gloves. Some choose pink disposable gloves as a way of supporting breast cancer and research. Others specifically prefer black disposable gloves, which cover up unpleasant messes, as well as provide excellent color contrast under light-colored gloves. Wearing dark disposable gloves as a first layer underneath lighter gloves is recommended when punctures and tears must be spotted immediately, such as when working with dangerous substances. Other alternatives for dark-colored gloves include blue and purple gloves. 

Disposable Medical Gloves

Examination gloves offer medical grade protection for those coming into contact with blood or bodily fluids, and are therefore preferred by doctors, dentists, hospitals and caregivers. Medical exam gloves are also ideal for incontinence management. Other single-use gloves available include sterile gloves and surgical gloves, which are necessary for performing surgical procedures. 

Browse our huge selection of single use gloves on AvaCare Medical now. Choose from Medline Gloves, Cardinal Health Gloves, and many other popular options.

If you are a medical professional or care for a loved one on a regular basis, set up an auto-reorder schedule for your case or box of gloves with AvaCare Express to save yourself the hassle of reordering manually.

If you are not yet certain which type of sterile or non-sterile gloves will work best for you, check out our helpful disposable gloves buying guide to help you make your decision with confidence.