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Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Member Name: kama0529
Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Advantages: Hypoallergenic. Does not hurt to remove. Inexpensive.
Disadvantages: Didn't stay stuck for long.
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.
Summary: Might be worth a try for some areas.
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