Disposable gloves made out of latex, nitrile and other synthetic materials are a form of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in many industries. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, gloves have become an important piece of equipment to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The two most common materials, latex and nitrile, are similar but have a few key differences. Some people are allergic to latex and could develop hives, swelling and rashes if they wear latex gloves. However, latex has slightly more elasticity and can be more comfortable to wear than nitrile.