All About Our Gloves
Different Glove Materials
Many gloves may look the same, but they are made of materials that vary
drastically. When choosing a glove to meet your needs, it’s important to know the pros and cons of each material.
Do you like the fit of a latex glove, but prefer the advanced protection of nitrile products? Do you have allergies
to consider when making your choice? If you’re having trouble deciding which glove is right for you, take a moment
to read through the information below.
See our complete selection of rubber gloves here.
- Natural rubber latex is a processed plant product
- Most trusted material and first choice for healthcare settings
- Consistent fit, flexibility, and resilience. Fits the
- Reliable performance and barrier protection against infection and
- Allergic reaction for some users
- Costs fluctuate according to prices of natural
- First synthetic material available to consumer
- Composed of polyvinyl chloride and plasticizers that softens the
- Economical alternative to latex gloves. Cheapest material used
- Great for basic hand protection in a low infection
- Good multi-purpose glove for general use and activities that do
not require highest degree of tactile precision.
- Allergy Free!
- Does not fit as well as latex
- Synthetic Polymer that exhibits rubber-like
- Protein and allergy free
- Much of the same flexibility, tensile strength, and durability as
- Superior to latex gloves in providing protection against
- More expensive to produce than latex.
Types of Gloves
Our Emerald products are intended to service varying
needs across a wide range of markets and industries, such as:
We also service the following High Risk
- Tattoo Shops
Powder vs.. Powder-Free
Powder is used to make gloves
easier to pull on, and to keep them from sticking together. It can act as a vehicle for the transmission of
latex proteins. Typical powders used are cornstarch and oatmeal. Powder-free gloves typically cost
more, since powders must be removed from the glove.
Latex Allergy – What does
the body’s immune system is sensitized to a foreign protein, it may react by forming a type of antibody
called IgE. Specifically directed against the foreign protein, the IgE antibody causes an allergic or
immediate hypersensitivity reaction. Allergic responses may range from hives (urticaria) to allergic
rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, or, in some cases, life threatening allergic attacks
individuals are the carriers of allergic antibodies directed against one or more of the proteins found in
natural rubber latex. Latex gloves are frequently implicated in allergic reactions because of repeated
direct exposure of the wearer’s hands, or because of airborne latex proteins absorbed by the powders used
to lubricate some latex gloves.
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