Why Latex-Free Gloves Are So ImportantSeptember 26, 2014
You might be wondering why you should use latex-free gloves or why you’ve been told latex-free gloves are important. For years, latex gloves were the standard. Anytime you stepped foot in a doctor’s or dentist’s office, you’d only see latex gloves. But like many medical practices of the past, we now know there’s a better way. Latex-free gloves are not only more economical but they’re safer too.
As you’ve probably heard, latex can cause an allergic reaction. But what you might not know is that:
Even if you do not have a latex allergy right now, continued exposure to latex could cause you to develop this dangerous allergy.
It is estimated that up to 10% of healthcare workers have developed an allergy to latex simply from being exposed to it on a regular basis.
Like most allergies, latex allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe:
- From sneezing to a runny nose
- And itching, red skin or hives
- Watery eyes
- Coughing and wheezing
- All the way to anaphylaxis which can be a deadly reaction
That’s why Latex-free gloves are very important for anyone who comes into contact with disposable gloves on a regular basis, even if they do not currently have a latex allergy or sensitivity.
Not only that, latex-free gloves are actually more economical too. In the past, there have been latex shortages which have driven up the price. In most cases, latex-free gloves will cost you less than their latex counterparts.
So why aren’t all healthcare professionals making the switch yet? The biggest complaint about latex-free gloves is that they just don’t stretch and feel the same way latex gloves do. But thanks to new advancements in vinyl manufacturing, that’s no longer the case.
For example, Aloetouch 3G gloves have longer polymer chains in the resin used to create them. That’s just a fancy way of saying that these gloves are designed to be more flexible, stretchy and resilient than vinyl gloves of the past. In other words, they feel much more like latex gloves but come without the dangers or cost of latex.
Whatever your need for disposable gloves, if you use them regularly, it might be time to switch to a latex-free brand if you haven’t already. If not to save money, then just to stay on the safe side.