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Function of Gloves

6/26/2013 11:08:48 AM | by Anonymous

Gloves

Gloves usually serve as a form of protection for human hands from cold, heat, damage that could be caused by things such as friction, chemicals or disease and also create a barrier between hands and things they should not come into contact with. Gloves are also a form of fashion. The designs and uses of gloves have changed and expanded since they were first created and they now have a vast array of types for many different situations.

 

Gloves have appeared in history from as far back as 440BC. In the middle ages, gloves known as gauntlets were used by soldiers as part of their armor. Gloves entered the fashion scene in the 13th century and in the 16th century they became wildly popular and elaborate.

 

The most common use of gloves is to keep the user’s hands warm in cold weather. These gloves can be knitted or made from other materials such as leather. Mittens are kind of glove that do not have separate openings for the four fingers and are considered warmer than gloves. Scratch mitts cover the whole hand and are worn by babies to keep them from scratching their faces. Fingerless gloves provide protection to the palm but do not cover the fingers and can be used by people like skateboarders or weightlifters. They can also be used by people in cold conditions who still need to adjust controls on equipment such as cameras.

 

The latex glove was developed by Ansell, an Australian company and is commonly known as the medical glove as it is worn by health practitioners and surgeons to help prevent the spread of contamination. These gloves are also used by Crime Scene Investigators so they do not contaminate crime scenes and by criminals in an attempt to prevent their fingerprints from being found at the scene of the crime. Latex gloves can be either be powdered or un-powdered. The un-powdered gloves are the preferred type to be used in surgeries due to the complications that can be caused by the powder if it enters the patient. There are many different kinds of these gloves depending on their usage. For example, gloves that are used in surgeries are of a higher standard in terms of precision and sterility compared to those used by general practitioners. As many people are allergic to latex, gloves made from materials like vinyl, nitrile rubber or neoprene are becoming more widely used. However, latex gloves are still used in surgery as they provide the most control and sensitivity for now.

 

Rubber gloves are commonly used in households to protect the user’s hands from cleaning chemicals, soaps and prolonged exposure to water. They also serve as protection from germs when it comes to chores such as cleaning the toilets or cleaning up after pets. They are commonly skin tight and range from wrist to shoulder length. Other household gloves include oven gloves and gardening gloves.

 

Gloves have many other commercial and industrial uses. Heat and fire resistant gloves come in handy for people who are involved with jobs that require soldering, welding as well as glass blowing. There are heat gloves that can uphold temperatures of over 1000°F. Some gloves that protect the user from sharp objects are cut resistant gloves, barbed wire handler’s gloves and chainsaw gloves. Cut resistant gloves are suitable for those who are working with glass, ceramics and other fragile materials.

 

There are also many kinds of gloves that are used in sports. Gloves provide protection and a better grip in sports such as archery, riding, driving and golf. In sports such as baseball and cricket, the players wear gloves when catching the ball to prevent their hands from being injured by it. Boxing gloves are thick, heavily padded mittens worn by boxers to prevent severe injury when punches are thrown.

 

In fashion, gloves nowadays are commonly worn by ladies or girls during formal or semi-formal events, such as prom or weddings. These gloves range in length, from the wrist, elbow and full length evening gloves that go over the elbow.

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