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Medical gloves are medical safety accessories that ensure sanitary hospital conditions by limiting patients' exposure to infectious matter. They also serve to protect health professionals from exposure to disease through contact with bodily fluids.

Medical gloves are traditionally made of Latex. However, due to the increasing rate of latex allergy among health professionals as well as in the general population, many doctors prefer to use gloves made of non-latex materials such as vinyl or nitrile rubber.

The correct use of gloves plays an essential part in preventing cross contamination.