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Nitrile vs Latex vs Vinyl gloves – Which should I choose?

You need to buy some gloves so you head over to your favorite online store, Medisave, and notice that there’s 3 different types to choose from. Which one do you buy? This article should hopefully clear up any questions you have and help you decide what gloves are right for you.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are ideal for people who have latex allergies, as they are made from synthetic rubber. These are great medical grade gloves but also excellent for general use with solvents, oils and greases – also many chemicals. Nitrile gloves are thicker, this means it’s harder to puncture the glove – if you do tear the glove, it’ll be very visible. It’s essential you spot a tear early, especially when dealing with chemicals, so Nitrile gloves win on this front. Excellent fit around the hand.

A big con with these gloves is that they are quite pricey when compared to Latex gloves.

Sum up:

  • Fantastic alternative for people with latex allergies
  • Thicker than other gloves
  • Great fit
  • Resistant to many chemicals
  • Easy to spot glove puncture
Aurelia supermax gloves

Aurelia Amazing® 300 Nitrile Powder-Free Examination Gloves

£6.79

Thinner, lighter and more flexible than standard Nitrile, our new Amazing® gloves are so comfortable, you’ll feel the day just fly by.

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Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are probably the most popular in the medical industry. These offer the most comfort and allow the most movement to preform tasks. It’s harder to detect puncture holes in these gloves which could be a concern. The best alternative to these would be Nitrile Gloves. These gloves don’t offer great protection against chemicals.

A con with these is that they can cause allergies due to the latex.

Sum up:

  • First choice for medical professionals
  • Cost effective
  • Comfy fit
  • Hard to detect puncture holes
Aurelia supermax gloves

Aurelia Vibrant 100 Micro Textured Latex Examination Gloves 5.7g – Powder Free

£2.78

Thinner, lighter and more flexible than standard Nitrile, our new Amazing® gloves are so comfortable, you’ll feel the day just fly by.

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Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves are the most popular choice when it comes to food and catering situations. These gloves tend to be less expensive than the other two, while providing high levels of durability and hygiene at the same time.

Sum up:

  • Latex Free
  • Best use is for catering
  • Loose fit
Aurelia supermax gloves

Vinyl Gloves – Clear – Powder Free

£1.99

Designed for short-term use, vinyl gloves offer a cost-effective alternative to latex while providing an effective temporary barrier against biological contaminants.

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Your decision to which gloves to get will depend on what your intended use is, however hopefully reading this article will have cleared up some questions you may of had about gloves.

Join The Missing Millions – World Hepatitis Day 2018

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World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28th July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.

Worldwide, 325 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care,  millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28th July, we call on people from across the world to take action, raise awareness and join in the quest to find the “missing millions”.

You can join the quest to find the missing millions on their website here: http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/

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What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver, commonly caused by a viral infection, or also from consuming excessive amounts of alcohol over several years.

hepatitis infected liver

Out of the 325 million people with viral hepatitis globally, upward of 290 million (9 in 10 people!) are living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C without knowing. A cure for hepatitis C is available, as well as treatment and a vaccine for hepatitis B.

Symptoms of Hepatitis

Short-term hepatitis often has no noticeable symptoms, so it may be difficult to know whether you have it.

In the later stages it can cause jaundice, swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, confusion, and blood in your stools or vomit.

We’d recommend seeing your GP if you have any of these symptoms persistently.

Types of Hepatitis

Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus. It’s most commonly contracted by consuming food or water contaminated by feces from a person infection with hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B is common infection worldwide and is usually spread from infected pregnant women to their babies. In rare cases it can be transmitted by infectious body fluids, such as blood, unprotected sex and injecting drugs. It’s uncommon in the UK.

Hepatitis C is the most common type of viral hepatitis in the UK. Again it can be transmitted by blood-to-blood contact, usually by shared needles.

Hepatitis D only affects people who are already infected with hepatitis B, as it needs it to survive. Long-term infection with hepatitis D and hepatitis B can increase your risk of developing serious problems, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Hepatitis E is mainly associated with the consumption of raw or under cooked pork meat or offal, but also with the wild boar meat, venison and shellfish.

It’s generally a mild and short-term infection that doesn’t require any treatment, but it can be serious in some people, such as those who have a weakened immune system.

Alcoholic hepatitis is caused by excessive alcohol consumption over many years. This type is common in the UK with many people not realising they have it due to the lack of any symptoms.

Stopping drinking will usually allow you to recover, but if you continue to drink alcohol there’s a risk that you can develop cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer.

Autoimmune hepatitis is a rare cause of long-term hepatitis in which the immune system attacks and damages the liver. It’s not clear what causes this type of hepatitis.

Treatment for autoimmune hepatitis involves medicines that suppress the immune system and reduces inflammation.

Remember you can join the quest to find the missing millions here or you can use the page to learn more about one of the biggest global health threats of our time. Remember, together we can eliminate viral hepatitis.

Sources: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis/