Latex vs. Vinyl: Which medical gloves are right for you

March 18 2015
Latex vs. Vinyl: Which medical gloves are right for you

Your mother always told you how important it was to keep your hands clean. This is especially true for anyone working in the medical field or for anyone taking care of a loved one. There are many gloves on the market today and we carry a wide variety of latex and vinyl gloves. So sometimes it can be a little difficult figuring out which kind is right for you and your patient.

That’s why we’ve put together this quick pro-and-con rundown of each of them, and what they can offer you.

Latex Gloves: The natural choice, the natural standard

Latex is a standard. It’s durable, made from rubber, and very flexible. Latex gloves are biodegradable and strong, which makes them eco-friendly and also very well-suited to handling infectious materials. These are the gloves that can handle almost any task while ensuring that your hands remain clean.  

Latex also fits very snugly, feeling like a second skin. The material ensures you retain a very high level of sensitivity, so if you’re doing something that requires a high level of accuracy, such as drawing blood or injecting insulin, you will be doing it almost as if you weren’t wearing anything at all.

If you’re looking for a durable, medical-grade glove that can handle pretty much anything you can throw at it, latex is the route to go. However, latex is an allergenic substance, meaning some people can have allergic reactions to it. This makes them a non-option in emergency situations or for first-responders, people who don’t have time to assess allergies or risks of that nature, or people who have a latex allergy themselves or provide long-term care for people that have one. Thankfully, Magic Medical provides an answer to those problems as well.

Vinyl Gloves: The general-purpose workhorse

Vinyl gloves are a popular choice for lightweight medical uses. People who do a lot of home health care should use these for everyday care, doing lightweight jobs and keeping your hands clean. They’re ideal for low-risk situations like handling soiled garments and bedclothes, and are resistant to static electricity as well, so you can rest assured that you won’t be shocking your patient or loved one anytime soon.

While other gloves on the market feel tight, vinyl is looser and feels a bit more comfortable to slip on. They’re also the most affordable hand protection on the market right now, so getting a well-stocked supply won’t break the bank – especially if you’re using a lot of gloves regularly.

It’s also very important to note that of the gloves we sell at Magic Medical, our vinyl gloves are hypo-allergenic. There are some patients and caregivers out there with latex allergies, so we ensure that our customers can get the supplies they need at the price they deserve. All that said, we know that some caregivers really miss using latex. They prefer the fit or the feel of latex but can’t use it for one reason or another. In those situations, we always recommend the Aloetouch 3G Vinyl gloves. They’ve become one of our most popular gloves because they’re much stretchier than other vinyl gloves – making them feel more like their latex counterparts but without the latex. Plus, each of these gloves is coated with aloe vera to help keep your skin soothed and comfortable, especially with repeated use.

As anyone who uses a lot of gloves knows, they can really take a toll on your hands. Thankfully, Aloetouch makes both latex and vinyl gloves with the same aloe coating I mentioned above. For just a few pennies more on the glove, your hands will thank you immensely for not drying them out.

Whatever glove you end up choosing, Magic Medical is here to ensure you get exactly what you need.

So check out our supply of gloves and so much more, right here. As always, if you ever have any questions, just let us know. We’d be happy to help you find the right gloves or answer any other questions you may have.