Where Did The Latex Gloves Go?by Lucas Allard
In the late 80s and 90s, latex gloves were the gold standard of medical gloves. They were deemed the best as they provide good protection from blood-borne pathogens, high level of flexibility, as well as protection and comfort.
However, an increase of allergic reactions in users and patients caused the industry to look for a latex-free alternative. Latex gloves are still available and used as long as latex allergies are not an issue. The rest of the industry has moved towards nitrile.