As a first aider I believe in keeping my first aid kits stocked up and microporous surgical tape is one of my essential supplies. The last pack i bought was the 2.5 cm width one with 5 m of tape on the reel for £1.99. It is available in different widths but I find this one to be the most useful.
It is used to attach thing like dry dressings to skin where they have none of their own adhesive backing, giving some extra adhesive to plasters on joints when they can come off easily, taping two fingers together in the case of an injury to one to aid support until it can be properly checked out. The tape sticks well but still allows the skin below the tape to breath also I have never known anyone react to it in the same way some people react to regular plasters.
Despite the fact it sticks well enough to hold the dressing in place and still allows some flexibility in the skin if it is stuck close to a joint it is easy to remove and does not feel like you are giving yourself a mini wax as you peel it off. When using this I have not noticed any residue from the adhesive on my skin. Cutting it isn't always easy as it tends to fold over in the scissors to be honest I find that ripping it is more effective and quicker.
Outside of first aid I have used this to temporarily tie together some wires for things like phone line, broadband etc just to stop them trailing everywhere until i got a cable tidy to put on them.
WHAT IS IT?
This is tape that is made by Boots. It is now called Microporous Surgical Tape and it is for when you have hurt yourself and have got to apply a dressing to your skin. You use this tape to hold the dressing in the correct place.
WHY DID I BUY IT?
I bought this for the first time because my daughter had made a big graze on her leg and it was too big for a plaster so I used a dressing instead. I used this tape to stick down the dressing and have used it many times since then.
WHAT I THINK
This tape is like paper so you can rip it instead of getting scissors and when it is on the skin it crumples to fit the bends. It does not make the skin sweat like tape that is more like plastic and that helps the skin to breathe while it is healing.
It says on the box that you can apply this straight onto a cut and I believe that because the tape is sticky enough to hold but it comes off the skin easy. I have not done this but I think it would work for wounds or grazes that are very small.
This tape does not irritate the skin but I do not like how dirty it looks quite quick after it has been applied and one of my daughters gets this tape very dirty sometimes and I do not know why because she is not a very dirty child.
The last time I bought this tape was one week ago and I paid £3.99 for a roll that has got 5 metres of tape on it. My last roll had lasted me for more than a year so I think that is value because it is not so cheap as other tapes but it is very good and the best I have used.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I have weird biochemistry, which means that waterproof plasters and even some lesser quality fabric ones slip off all to easily. Which is a problem as I am accident and blister prone, so consume lots of plasters and other wound dressings. If I am at home this is not usually a problem as my first aid cupboard is well stashed with plasters that stay put but sometimes even I run out, especially on trips and the only plasters I can get my injured mitts on are the ones that can slip on me.
That is when I reach for the Boots Micropours surgical tape.
It will hold any plaster or dressing in place. It has fixed wimpy plasters in place on my multiple-blistered feet. It holds surgical dressings in place - which don't come with adhesive built in and so need tape to fix them in place. It can also even cover up small cuts on its own - after you have cleaned them, of course.
The tape lets the skin and wound breathe but still protects it from dirt and infection, even in the tropics. It is hypoallergenic and has never caused my sensitive skin a problem.
Because of the tiny cross-hatching on the tape, it tears easily from the roll it comes on which is very useful if a pair of scissors or Swiss Army Knife is not to hand. Though it does tear easily from the roll, it does stay put until you peel it off, when it is equally co-operative.
Not only will this tape hold dressings and plasters in place, it is incredibly good at holding anything where it needs to be. When the hot-shoe of my old SLR came loose in the jungle all I needed to keep the flash in contact with the camera was a few strips of this product. The camera remained fully functional and I got my pictures courtesy of this great multi-use product.
It comes in four different sizes. I find that because it lasts so well and because you don't need much for it to do its job, I only tend to need the smallest size Boots does. This is the £1.69 or 169 Advantage points box. This gives you a roll 5 m long and 1.25 cm in width.
Boots also do a 2.5 cm wide version for £1.99 and a 5 cm one for £3.99. Both of these are 5 m long. For really long trips or fixing large dressings, the 10 m long 2.5 cm wide version is also available for £3.99 or 399 Advantage points.
All of these will not let you or yours down. They will fix plasters and dressings in place and keep them there while letting your skin breathe and remain unirritated.
And once bought, that strip of Micropore will last and last.
All in all, a great staple of any medicine kit.
Boots offer a range of Microporous Surgical tape. This range includes different sizes of tape but I will be discussing my use of the 2.5cm x 5m tape.
This little roll of surgical tape is presented in a small green box. It is suitable for holding dressings in place or over minor cuts and grazes on the skin. The tape is hypoallergenic and gentle against the skin. Boots state that this tape is easy to tear, soft, flexible and will allow your skin to breathe.
The 2.5cm x 5m surgical tape is priced at £1.99 from Boots and www.boots.com.
I am a very clumsy person and always have been. It is amazing that I have yet to break a bone (touch wood) or seriously injure myself. Late last year I was trying to get something off the top of our wardrobe and didn't notice my sons Jackhammer toy was up there. Before I knew it, the Jackhammer was falling and had landed head first onto my bare feet. The pain was unbelievable and left my sore and limping. Later that day, two of my toes were purple. I knew they weren't broken but badly bruised so I opted to go to the local chemist rather than waste time at the hospital after speaking with a nurse friend.
The lady in the chemist was quite helpful but there really wasn't much they could recommend to me. She did say to strap the two toes together with something soft inbetween them and recommended this surgical tape. I bought the size recommended to me. I believe this was the same tape recommended to my fiance when he badly damaged two of his fingers a few years ago. I was happy to try anything so slid a thin cotton pad between the two toes and got to work on strapping them up.
The size of tape you need will depend on which part of your body you are using it on. The 2.5cm wide tape I bought is just the right size for fingers and toes. It is important to ensure the area of skin is clean and dry before using this tape. I found this quite difficult to use on my toes as they don't bend and move as easily as fingers so there is less room to unwind the tape. The tape itself is neatly rolled and is white in colour.
The tape is very easy to roll out and tear without the need for scissors. It tears like a thick paper and has a sticky back just like a plaster does. Once I got the hang of wrapping this around my toes, I found it to be a very useful product. The tape keeps any dressings (or in my case cotton pads!) secure and it can be wrapped as tightly as you feel comfortable wrapping it. Because of the way I applied the tape, it was touching my skin and it didn't irritate my skin at all.
This surgical tape fufilled my needs to keep my sore, bruised toes strapped together and I found I was a little more comfortable than I would have been without them being strapped up. I was impressed at how durable the tape was. I have used it directly over small cuts and wrapped around my fingernails when I have caught them on something. Using the tape stops any further discomfort and keeps my fingernails clean whilst I do the dishes. The tape doesn't come off when submerged in water.
The tape is easy to remove from skin and dressings. It doesn't nip like a plaster would but does feel a little tickly. I have experienced no irritation from using this tape and my skin doesn't feel restricted or deprived on air when strapped up using this tape. It is very kind to skin in my opinion.
I suppose this would be a handy thing to have in the medicine cupboard. I changed my dressing each day as I had no bleeding so didn't feel the need to change it more often. I feel this surgical tape combined with a dressing or pad is the best way of strapping up bruised toes or fingers that do not need medical attention. My toes healed well and I was glad I didn't waste the hospitals time by going to get it strapped up when I was capable of doing it myself.
One 5m roll is long lasting and I hope not to have to use it too often but given my bad luck I probably will need to again soon. Both myself and my fiance can recommend this surgical tape. It is well priced and of a decent quality.
Thanks for reading :)
Boots Microporous Surgical Tape is another great item that is really handy to keep in your first aid box. You can buy the tape in different sizes, either 1.25cm, 2.5cm or 5cm width and then you can get it in either 5m length or 10m length. The price to buy these packs ranges from £1.69 for the smaller size to £3.99 for the larger size.
If you are looking for the box on the shelf in Boots you need to look for a green coloured box with the Boots logo at the top. The tape itself is a white colour and is like a kind of sticky paper which has a bit of a stretch to it. You can tear a piece off with your fingers so you do not need to have scissors to hand which can be very handy if you are out and need to buy some of this for something.
The tape is not that sticky, but it is sticky enough to do what it is supposed to do. When using it to tape up a dressing to keep it in place then it is best to wrap the tape right around the limb or finger or whatever else you are bandaging up, otherwise you will probably find that the tape is not sticky enough to hold it together. If you can get it to go right around and then stick back on itself you will get a better fix. The only draw back to it sticking to itself is that when you first pull a bit off, if you are using a longer piece, as it is quite thin you need to make sure the tape doesn't flop down and stick to itself sticky sides together or you will end up wasting it.
It also says on the packet that you can use this direct on the skin so I am thinking that this would probably be if you had something like a paper cut or something on a finger and just wanted something to hold the two sides of the cut closed and to stop any dirt or germs getting in the cut.
The tape is hypo-allergenic so it is safe to use even for people who are allergic to other kinds of sticking plasters. You can use it on both adults and on children the same. A good thing about this tape is that if it is stuck to the skin then it is easy to pull it off and you don't get the feeling that your skin is being pulled off.
I would recommend you having a pack or two of this in your medical cupboard or first aid box as it is a very handy item.
I have a roll of surgical tape in my first aid box for those occasions when a regular plaster will not suffice and a dressing needs to be applied. Thankfully, this is not a regular occurrence, so the tape tends to last me a long time. The tape that is currently in my first aid box (and has been for a while now!) is Boots Micropore Surgical Tape. This has had some use over the years though, which is why I am able to review it!
Boots sell this tape in various widths and lengths, depending on your needs. Each is priced differently. I have the tape in 2.5cm x 5m which retails at £2.09. The tape is quite thin and white in colour, although it has a transparent property to it. It is sticky on the underside but feels soft to the touch on the top side. The tape is hypoallergenic and can be used to hold dressings in place or alone on minor cuts and grazes.
I have used the tape to hold bandages in place and by itself to offer support to injured toes and fingers by binding them together. The tape is easy to apply as it rips easily from the reel so you are able to get the amount you require easily and one-handed if necessary. I find that you need quite a bit of tape to hold bandages in place as it is not overly sticky (although I find this to be a general feature of all surgical tapes). It is flexible though and moves with the bandage as you move so it holds in place well under a certain amount of pressure and strain (overly bending etc will result in the ends coming unstuck though!). I find it very useful for applying directly to the skin, for example around fingers and toes as stated above. In this use, it offers really good support whilst also allowing the skin to breathe. It is also easy to remove as the adhesive is not too strong, so no painful ripping off as I experience with some plasters. The tape is not waterproof but I do find that it can stand up to a moderate amount of splashing etc so it is quite practical.
Overall, this is a pretty decent surgical tape and meets my needs very well. Despite my only occasional use, the roll keeps it's condition well in my first aid box and remains sticky etc so is always there when I need it. It offers good support and is easy to apply.
I recently had the contraception implant fitted and afterwards, I had to wear a bandage on my arm for a few days to help with any bruising. The first night, I forgot about not getting it wet and as soon as I got in the bath, the tape keeping the bandage on began to come off. Luckily, I'm the kind of person that has everything, just in case I might need it at some point. I had bought Boots Microporous Surgical Tape after having a tattoo last year.
The tape itself comes in a very small green box which has the Boots brand logo on it as well as a picture of the tape and some basic information about the product. The box states that the tape is hypoallergenic, secures dressings and is easy to tear. Upon open-ing the box, I was quite surprised to see just how much there was on the reel. As I have only used this for keeping cling film over a tattoo and a bandage on my arm for a few days, I have had this for well over a year now and I can't see it running out any time soon.
As the box says, the tape is extremely easy to tear and there is no need at all for scis-sors. I held my bandage with one hand while ripping the tape with my teeth before securing it all to my arm. I was surprised at just how easy this was to rip though as I normally have trouble doing this with normal sellotape. Being this easy to rip off makes securing any bandage etc very easy and a lot less hassle. I only needed about 2cm of tape for each strip to keep my bandage in place and I only used two strips each time. No wonder it is going to last me a long time.
Although this tape is not ideal when wet, it will kind of stay on for a little while. The tape holds on pretty well but comes off easily enough when you need it to. My only real prob-lem was that it frayed my bandage a little bit but I just made sure to reapply it to the same place again so as my bandage didn't completely unravel.
For a box of tape that measures 1.25cm x 5m, you can expect to pay around £1.70 and this particular product is available from Boots or Boots online. For the price and how long this has lasted me, it is excellent value for money because it goes such a long way.
In the past when I have had large wounds to cover with dressings I have used surgical tape to hold everything in place. One that I use regularly is Boots Microporous Surgical Tape. The tape comes in three different sizes to suit the type of dressing you are using. These are as follows with their prices;
1.25cm X 5m - £1.69
2.5cm X 10m - £3.99
5cm X 5m - £3.99
2.5cm X 5m - £2.09
I usually buy the 2.5cm X 10m size. The various sizes are all designed to cover different types of dressings and also preference to how you attach the dressing to the skin. The first thing I will mention is the adhesion. The tape is tacky on one side and when you pull it away from your skin it doesn't rip every individual hair out. The tape is sticky enough to hold well to dressings and also the skin, and I would say the adhesion is just about right for this type of product. The tape is also quite thin in terms of strength, so instead of needing to use scissors I can just tear it with my hands. This is a good point as it means I don't need to have scissors with me when applying dressings.
The surgical tape comes in a neat little box with the usual Boots branding on it. The box is colourful and gives advice on how best to use the product. Another plus point of the tape not being overly keen is that it allows you to reposition the tape if you make a mistake.
The tape is ideal and well designed for use with applying dressings and I can now apply my own dressings at home without the need for medical attention. Obviously if the wound is large then you should always seek medical advice, but with everything now available on the highstreet I am happy to have a well stocked First Aid kit.
The tape is designed to allow the skin the breathe, so there are no distinct differences in skin tone after removing the tape from skin. The tape couldn't be easier to use as I have mentioned in my previous points, and the pricepoint is also reasonable enough. With a range of various sizes you will always find something to suit your needs, and with little savings for buying the longer lengths you can always experiment with the various thicknesses on offer. You don't need to be a trained First Aider to use this surgical tape and Boots have a good range of other medical products on offer.
I ran around my flat, clutching onto my throbbing thumb, occasionally peeking at it to watch the blister form before my eyes. As someone quite accident prone I like to have a nice supply of first aid items. However, on the other side of this being someone quite accident prone means I tend to use a lot of first aid items. At this point, I was in the latter part of the cycle. So, it being after 6pm I went off in search of a shop near by that would be open. Thankfully the Boots near me was open until 8pm. One item I bought was surgical tape in order to keep my dressing in place.
-- Packaging and Price --
The roll of tape comes in a box which informs you of all you need to know about the tape. There are three different sizes to choose from (1.25cm, 2.5cm and 5cm) so there should be a size that fits your requirements. I have found that the 2.5cm is satisfactory enough in not being too thin but not too wide.
A 5m roll will cost you about £2, which with changing every day lasted me about a week. Of course, it all depends on how much you are using. I found that I needed to use a bit extra to ensure that it was kept in place.
-- The tape --
The tape is quite thin but on skin it feels sturdy enough and it is designed for use for most minor injuries. It is tearable which is handy (especially when you have a burn on your hand and can't use scissors, as I found). One side feels quite textured and the other is sticky. Its not as sticky as I thought it would be but its enough to hold dressings in place. It struggled a bit with my dressing pads, but I would assume it would work better with a lighter dressing. Still, once I had used enough I don't think it had any other option but to stay put. However, I can't help but feel that the tape could have performed a bit better with the dressing and perhaps another brand of tape would have been better.
The tape is microporous, which contains tiny pores. It is used commonly in first aid but mostly until a better alternative is available.
-- Lastability --
You have to be careful of where you tape up; as it was my thumb I no longer had much use with that thumb. This was not beneficial to the packing and heavy lifting I was required to do as I was in the middle of moving cities. Sometimes the tape would come away from my thumb, but just pressing it back on would work (it was also secured by a bandage).
However, get it wet and it will be even more useless. As I found out when my thumb caused a hole in my rubber gloves and let water in.
But, with a bit of hope it does last about 24 hours though.
-- Conclusion --
In conclusion, I don't think this is the best tape on the market. It would do if there was nothing else around. It isn't the cheapest tape either but I have not compared the prices of tapes to how well they stick to you. But perhaps I should if I am going to continue to hurt myself. There are certainly worse tapes that you could pick up. At the same time though, I am sure there are better tapes out there that you could try.
Thankfully I have not needed this product in the last year!
There are occasions where a regular plaster just isn't enough. On these occasions being able to apply a dressing that allows the skin to breathe is important in my opinion, and this is where Micropore surgical tape comes in.
this stuff comes in a small box which tells you what the product is and how to use it. Inside, is a little roll of the tape.
This stuff is quite thin and papery, and comes on a roll like loo paper, but it's tacky on one side. The idea is that you can use it to hold dressings in place, and so although it's sticky, it's not so sticky that getting it off skin will be a problem. You can get three different widths - 1.25cm, 2.5cm and 5cm, and it's easy to tear with your fingers, which makes it much easier to use than if you had to cut it. I normally buy the narrower version, and have always found this sufficient for all my uses.
Generally speaking I've only ever used this to hold a dressing in place, but it can be used all by itself sort of in the same way a butterfly stitch is used - i.e. you place a very small narrow strip across the cut just to pull the edges together while it starts to heal. It's meant for use on minor injuries, when you would clean the wound, dry it thoroughly and then cover with the dressing and apply the tape to hold the dressing in place changing it regularly till the wound is healed. Anything more than a minor injury should be checked by a doctor, nurse or even a pharmacist.
The narrow 1.25cm wide version costs £1.59 for 5 metres, the 2.5cm wide one comes in 5 metres at £2.09 and 10 metres at £3.99, and the 5cm wide tape can be got in a 5 metre length also for £3.99. Because this is a boots own brand product, you'll find the prices are unlikely to vary much.
When I was in my teens and early 20's I used to keep my first aid certification up to date, and in a couple of places where I worked the knowledge I gained there was very useful. I don't think you really need to have many first aid skills however to keep a reasonably well stocked first aid box at home, and I'd always recommend to anyone that having a few things such as sterile dressings, plasters, microporous tape, antiseptic cream and liquid, a clean needle (for splinter removal), a small pair of scissors (for cutting dressings to size) and lint free sterile cloths (for cleaning wounds) is a good idea in any home. For this purpose, I find this particular tape does the job it's required to do very well. It lasts for a long time and can be stored between uses without worry that it will lose it's sticky fast, or become a sticky blob that can't be unrolled, and it's not crazy expensive when you're stocking a kit either.
Overall, this is a product I'd recommend as one which does the job it's designed to do and does it well.
I have had my ears pierced again, this means that I'm unable to remove the new earrings for at least six weeks in order to ensure that the piercings are correct and will not close up as soon as I do remove the earrings. It's because of my new piercings that I've had to purchase micropore tape to cover my piercings while I am at work. This is due to working with food sometimes in the job that I do and therefore I am not allowed to have uncovered piercings or jewellery. I would always ensure that I take off all jewellery and take out my earrings to avoid having to cover them but obviously I am not in the position to do this with my new piercings.
This tape comes provided in a green cardboard box and looks a lot like masking tape. You can buy various sizes of this and the size that I purchased was 2.5cm x 5m and I paid £2.09 for this. The price was quite reasonable as I have used this for about six weeks now and it's not run out yet! All I need to do is tear (or cut) off a very small piece, I then place this over the front and back of my earring to ensure that it's well covered and then I am able to get on with my days work. The tape is very simple to use, it tears well without the need for scissors so I can carry this round in my handbag and use it whenever need be. Also, if for some reason that tape lost its stickiness then I am able to reapply whenever needed.
Overall this tape is very good, it's simple to use and works well. It stays sticky for long periods of time and I'm able to wear it all day without any irritation. The tape is easy to use and covers my ears well, my earrings are not damaged and when I remove the tape, as long as I'm careful, it's not uncomfortable and doesn't irritate my ears. Obviously because I've had my ears pierced for quite a few weeks now I've had a little bit of gunk and rubbish coming out of them but this tape has worked quite well and meant that my ears are still able to heal and are not total void of air circulation. My piercings have healed well even though I have been using this tape for around 40 hours per week on my earrings. I've found it best just to cover them as soon as I start work and remove them as soon as I finish, I was originally removing the tape during breaks but then I was using lots and didn't want to have to make another trip to town to buy something I'd only need for a few more days.
There are lots of other uses for this tape including holding dressings and plasters in place but this isn't something I've really had to use it for yet. This is the ideal item to have in your first aid kit as it can help well with all manners of dressings and it doesn't hurt the skin when you peel it back.
Being the daughter of a nurse, I generally do have a pretty well stocked first aid box. The amount we travel also dictates that we always have a stash of basic essentials on hand and this product is one which has come in useful many times - and not just for medical situations!
Costing around £1.60 for a 5 metre roll in Boots, this tape is an opaque colour and if you look at it closely you will see it is not smooth (like sellotape) but has a tiny grid pattern on it. The gridding allows you to tear it easily to the length or shape you need and it will always tear straight along one of the gridlines. It is intended for holding dressings and bandages in place and sure enough we have used it for these kind of things a number of times.
I find that it works best on bandages if you use a long enough piece that you can completely encircle the joint and stick the tape back to itself - this is because it is not particularly sticky when applied to soft surfaces such as the bandage itself. It will stick to skin but if you get it wet it will almost immediately come off and it will not endure too much movement if stuck over a joint directly onto skin either.
This tape is hypoallergenic and for someone like me whose skin reacts very badly to normal plasters it is a useful alternative when used with a small piece of gauze or cotton pad instead of a classic plaster. The other reason why it works so well when used like this is that the tape is more breathable than a normal plaster is and therefore your skin is less likely to sweat under the dressing and cause irritation.
It is good value as a 5 metre roll lasts me a few years at least and as I will explain in a minute there are more than just the obvious uses for this tape.
I have used it when abroad to do a number of things including taping the back onto a broken mobile phone which simply would not function without the battery taped in securely, taping together wires from chargers/phones/ipods to ensure simple and tangle free packing between destinations, resealing half eaten biscuits/crisps for travelling without them going soft and also, bizarrely, to stop mosquito bites itching.
This last one was a tip passed to me by a fellow traveller who advised that when you have a bit which simply will not stop itching, it can sometimes help to stick sellotape over it (random but I figured I would give it a shot). Having no sellotape to hand I turned to the trusty tape and voila, the itching stopped virtually straight away and stayed neutral the whole time the tape was over it. I use this tip quite frequently now and generally it works 9 times out of 10.
So - for me this tape is an essntial bit of kit in more ways than one and it is something I will never travel without.
Boots microporous surgical tape is a very handy item to keep in your first aid box. I am the first to admit that my first aid cabinet is not as well stocked as it should be but I can usually find the essentials like sticking plasters, antiseptic cream, dressings and surgical tape. Sometimes you don't need a sticking plaster, you just want to cover an abrasion to stop any infection creeping in. Boots surgical tape is perfect for the job.
The microporous surgical tape isn't a cheap option. Boots the chemists produce four different sized rolls which range in price from around £1.60 to £4. I buy the smallest roll which has five metres of narrow tape. That five metres of surgical tape lasts me for ages.
If you place a sticking plaster on a cut then no air gets to the skin. I am a bit old fashioned and I like the air to get to the cut or wound so if it is at all possible I would rather place a small dressing on top of the abrasion and place a piece of surgical tape over the top. If you have your hands in and out of the water or you are at work then you would have to wear a latex glove over the top to keep the dressing in place.
The surgical tape is easy to cut, if you have no scissors to hand then you can tear a piece of tape from the roll. The creamy coloured tape is soft to the touch. When you are handling the length of tape you need to make sure that you don't fold it or you will be unable to stick it on your skin. The surgical tape is hypo-allergenic and on the box it states you can use the tape on adults and children.
The surgical tape is adhesive to a point but it will not withstand being damp or in water. If the tape gets wet then it will just peel off. The soft tape sticks to the skin and it moves as you flex. If you have a dressing on your hand then moving your fingers and joints does not dislodge the length of tape. When the tape is stuck to your skin the air can still penetrate the surgical tape.
In recent weeks I have had a lot of blood tests. The hospital always place a small dressing where the needle has punctured the skin and they stick it down with some surgical tape. I noticed that the tape that the hospital used was far more difficult to remove, in fact I really had to pull it to get it off. On a couple of occasions I put a clean dressing over the needle puncture and stuck it down with a length of Boots surgical tape which comes away far easier.
If the microporous tape comes adrift then it will not stick down again, you have to use another piece of tape. If you are going to do any work while you have a dressing held in place with tape then it is easier to pop a latex glove on.
I have dry skin but it is not sensitive and my skin has never been affected in any way after using the tape. The Boots surgical tape is fine and it definitely serves the purpose, if you are by any chance allergic to ordinary plasters then this tape may be a good one for you to try.
Recently I had an unfortunate encounter with my potato peeler and ended up nicking the top of my thumb and edge of nail, with the sharp blade. Once the wound, which was pretty deep, had stopped bleeding I had to get a couple of plasters to product the cut from getting any dirt into it. The problem was the position of the cut since although the plasters covered it they didn't hold in place well, and get flapping off. Getting exasperated by this, my husband brought out this box of Boots microporous surgical tape from the cupboard.
This box of boots microporous surgical tape is not cheap, and n fact a roll of 2.5cm x 5cm costs just over £2. THe product also comes in various widths and lengths and thus with a variation in price and obviously your choice will depend on what you intend to use it for. On the front of the box it states that this is a 'hypoallergenic tape to hold dressing firmly in place.' It also claims to be:
Allow skin to breathe
As well as being easy to cut and tear, and cause virtually no pain when removed. This product is not for more serious and more severe wounds and grazes but in my case it was ideal.
My husband has originally purchased the product to cover over little hacks he gets on his hands particularly over the cold winter period. He finds that it protects the hacks and stops them smarting, as well as letting air get to them and letting them heal faster.
When you take the tape out of the box, it very much resembles scotch tape or masking tape in colour, and particularly the latter in texture. The great thing about this product is firstly, that it is the ideal size to fit in a handbag or luggage to always have with you, and secondly you don't need to have a pair of scissors on hand to cut the tape as it will tear fairly easily, although scissors will obviously make a neater cut.
This product is not waterproof however, and after each shower or when I got my hands very wet, the product no longer held the plasters in place and in fact the whole lot, tape included, came off my thumb, and I had to replace it will new plasters and tape on a daily basis. When dry, the product does what it claims to do perfectly and will hold dressings and plasters in place. It is also a very flexible product, as it claims to be, and I found it of great use when wrapping it around the plasters on the top of my thumb, which was an awkward place to get at.
After a few days, I felt the wound needed some air to let it heal completely, but after a few hours, I found that the cut part of my nail kept catching on things and causing me pain where the cut was, and so instead of plasters, I simply put the microporous tape directly onto my thumb, over the cut, to let the air continue to get at it, but to stop my nail from catching on things.
All in all, this may be quite a costly product for all the size of the box, but at the same time, you do not need to use a lot for small wounds, which it is designed for anyhow. The product is excellent at keeping dressings in place, but it is alos good without a dressing, directly on the wound when it is nearly healed to both protect it and let air get at it. This really is a useful product to have in any medicine cupboard.
As I have stated in a previous review (Melolin dressings) I had a back operation last year that required me to attach a Melolin dressing to the wound - which does not have its own adhesive. So, because Micropore is what was initially suggested to me by the hospital, this is what I initially opted to use to secure. it. I bought a packet of the 2.5cm x 5cm Micropore tape from Boots for around £3.50.
The tape itself was 10m long - and as I was using 10 cm x 10 cm dressings that required tape along each side, I estimated that this would be plenty as it would last me for the duration of the time that dressings would be required. For that reason, I thought initially that it was really good value for money.
The tape comes like a roll of sellotape, although its made of a white papery type of material that is covered on one side by an adhesive. To use it is very easy as you literally peel it off, like you would Sellotape, and then you tear (or cut if you're neat!) where you want it to stick - in my case along the edges of my dressings. To begin with, all seemed good. However, within an hour of each application, I noted that the adhesive started to fail and therefore the dressing would come unstuck - leaving the wound exposed which wasn't what I wanted at all. It became really annoying in the end and so eventually I gave up and used something else (Tegaderm). However, I'm not sure whether the tape adhesive failed because it was being used at the bottom of my back where my waistband would rub and where I was a bit sweaty (ugh!) as I was spending most of my time in bed at this time. Maybe if it was being used in another area then it would have been more successful.
On a few occasions, I did apply the tape in the wrong place, which meant that I had to remove it and reattach. However, I was really struck by how painless this procedure was as unlike other tapes like Elastoplast, it was not painful to remove and it did not feel like I was waxing myself! This was very welcome because the wound area was sore enough.
In addition to this, my skin is very sensitive and I do often react to materials placed on it. However, in this instance, my skin didn't react at all - not a mark - and this is fairly rare for me.
Overall, although I think my experience of Micropore was not overly brilliant, I do feel that this could have been because of the area it was being applied to. For smaller areas, like fingers and toes, I think it could be idea - especially for children because of the hypoallergenic nature and how easy it is to remove. Its probably worth giving it a try.
Keeps bandages and dressing securely in place.