“ Helps to dry up wounds and protect them from bacteria and germs. Quick and easy to apply, although stinging on application can be quite intense. „
Boots Advanced first aid spray Plaster.
I have been using a similar product for many years on grazes and superficial cuts and whilst the big name brand dressing is very expensive I was pleased to find that Boots also do an own brand dressing which is just as effective and much cheaper too.
This spray dressing is not a new type of dressing as this type of dressing has been used for years in hospitals to provide a quick and convenient transparent seal against bacteria. It can be used on surgical wounds, superficial cuts, blisters and grazes and provides an easy to use dressing that stays in place. It offers protection to the wound by sealing it which helps stop it getting dirty, stops it getting wet and more importantly stops bacteria getting into the wound and infecting it. Not only that as it is transparent plastic type of skin it helps you keep a check on the condition of the wound without the need to remove it.
Boots advanced first aid spray.
This spray is in a can which contains approximately 40mls of dressing which they reckon can provide up to 50 dressings although in my experience I would dispute that as it is a good idea to make a couple of applications to provide a good seal. It is no good to apply to a bleeding wound as it will just make a mess which will inhibit the plastic dressing drying and sealing the wound properly.
How to use it.
Clean and dry the wound. Hold the can approximately 10 cm away from the wound and spray on the wound in one even application. Wait for this to dry around about 1 minute then reapply another two coats. The dressing dries quite quickly and you can inspect the wound without having to remove the dressing at all. It provides water proof protection to the wound and you can shower or bath as usual but you should not rub the area too much as it will remove parts of the dressing. When the wound has healed then you can rub a bit more vigorously and the dressing will flake off in parts. It will not usually come away on one wash though. When applying to dressing to the wound it may sting a little until it dries off. If the plastic skin starts to peel in places and the wound has not fully healed it can be reapplied quickly.
The dressing is quite useful for grazes to the hands and particularly to the knees after trips. You know how frequently kids trip over, grazing their knees. It is quite useful in providing protection to prevent the wound getting infected. Keep an eye on the wound and surrounding skin in case of allergies. If the surrounding skin becomes red swollen or painful then seek medical assistance.
DO NOT use on the face or on mucous membranes for example the mouth and do not apply to infected wounds..
Would I recommend it?
Yes I would as it is a quick and convenient means of providing a sealed environment for the wound to heal. Although it may seem a tad on the expensive side it is certainly well worth it in my opinion. I thoroughly recommend it as a useful addition to your first aid kit at home.
It is available from boots for £5.99 and if you collect boots advantage points these can be added to your account.
I do karate and we do get injured quite often in the classes. This means that I have an entire bag full of plasters and bandages in my larger sports bag for such events. In this bag I need to carry around an assortment of all sizes and shapes for each situation however when I saw these spray plasters advertised, I thought that they could replace all of them and make much more room in my bag for actual sport equipment and also speed up application time as it meant I wouldn't have to search all around the bag for the appropriate plaster and I also wouldn't have the inevitable trouble of trying to prise the backing from the plaster - all whilst bleeding over the floor.
It didn't take long for me to get to try out the spray plaster, it wasn't a serious cut, only a small nick on my little toe, but it did mean I was bleeding over the floor and it didn't seem to want to stop bleeding and therefore I needed a plaster to stop it from continuing. I got the plaster out and sprayed, as directed, the ice cold liquid over my cut. It hurt more than the actual creation of the cut did! I didn't have a particularly large cut but it must've got into it, giving me the same sensation as hospital alcohol washes do on cut on your hands. It did, kind of, cover up the cut though and stopped the blood from trickling from my toe a little, although still not greatly.
The bottle is a small metal bottle which is about the same size as a glue stick. It has a clear plastic cap to avoid accidental discharge from the spray mechanism at the top when inside you bag. To use the plaster, simply shake the bottle a little and spray in short bursts, the spray directly over the cut from about 15cm away.
As I refused to ever use the spray plaster for a cut again, I did find another use for it. I used to skateboard occasional but the griptape on my board used to take the skin off of my thumb as I carried it. I couldn't think of a way to protect my thumb until I came up with the idea of spraying this plaster over it. This gave me a much better understanding of how the plaster faired in a real life scenario (We could assume there was a cut on my thumb and the results would be the same). Even though the plater had to deal with the incredibly rough griptape rubbing against it for a few hours, it faired very well and hardly came off at all. It did actually protect my thumb pretty well. Once I was done it had a decent resistance to me washing my hands afterwards - it didn't come off without at least a little scrubbing but wasn't so hard to come off that it would remain there is it wasn't needed.
I originally bought this as I was just curious to see what it would be like and had wanted to use a spray plaster for ages. I thought that if it was any good then it would be so much easier and more convenient than having to use plasters. Unfortunately I wasn't overly keen on it and will probably still stick to using plasters for most things.
This works by covering a wound in a thin layer of transparent film which is like a second layer of skin. This helps heal the wound by allowing it to heal naturally without air and germs getting in to it cutting down the risk of it getting infected. As it also covers up the wound it helps with the pain as it is no longer out on full display so when it has been covered with the spray it is just like having a plaster over it and wounds no longer sting quite as much.
I was really looking forward to trying this out but not to the point where I was actually wishing myself to get a cut or anything. The first time that I tried this was on my heel where it had been scraped by a pair of shoes. It was really simple to use and the spray was really accurate at hitting the right area. The thing which I wasn't expecting was just how much this stung when it hit my scraped heel. It was actually really sharp and quite uncomfortable and I'm not ashamed to admit that it made me wince. The pain didn't last long though and it dried pretty quickly.
When it was dried it wasn't as invincible as the can claims it will be and it looked like glue that had dried on to my skin. I thought that maybe I had applied it wrong but it was like this every time that I used it. It wasn't really bad or anything but I could see it every time.
It felt strange to the touch and was a little stiff which is what it is supposed to feel like as this is the spray working as a plaster to coat the wound.
The spray plaster is supposed to disappear and that's when you are supposed to reapply but what they actually mean is that it sort of peels away and then you need to reapply it. This is what I really didn't like about this spray plaster. It just didn't last long enough before it started peeling and I used the spray loads of time on the same spot and as the bottle is £5.99 it worked out much more expensive than plasters would have and to be honest I also think plasters would have probably given more in the way of protection.
If this was reformulated to last just a little bit longer then I would probably buy it as although it stings on application it is so much easier than faffing around with plasters but unfortunately for me I think that it was just too expensive for something which only half worked.
Boots Advanced First Aid Spray Plaster
I bought this as I thought it would be handy for when we are travelling as it would seal any minor wounds and the like and stop any infections. Obviously the wound would need cleaning prior to spraying this on but I thought it seemed a really novel idea and also I have problems with plasters peeling off and my daughter is allergic to some so I thought all bases would be covered with this stuff.
WHAT IS THIS?
I had never heard of this before but found it when browsing one day. It's basically a small aerosol cannister of liquid which you spray on your wound. The liquid then dries over the wound like an invisible plaster, creating a waterproof and infection proof seal.
This comes as a small 40ml sized pressurised canister so I packed it in the suitcase rather than in my hand luggage. It has a plastic lid and after you remove that there is a big button which you press hard to spray the stuff out of the nozzle . This is a Boots' own brand so has their logo and the name, 'Advanced First Aid' on the can. It also has instructions and hints as to how to use the product.
Boots claim this will give up to 50 applications but I would say that would depend on the size of the wounds being covered and how thick you spray it. According to the can the contents provide "instant protection for cuts and grazes" and forms a "transparent, breathable, flexible film that helps protect (the wound) from water dirt and germs".
The first time I used this was on me and I had a blister on the side of my foot so I thought this would be a perfect solution. Normal plasters rub off and I thought this would seal and be like my own skin so i could wear the same shoes or others and the blister would be covered over.
They did say that a "slight stinging" on initial application is normal. 'Slight stinging', is the biggest understatement out, absolute agony I would say. It really stung and stung for quite a long time after I sprayed this one. However I coped with that and them after it had dried an hour or so later I gave it another quick squirt. The second squirt was painless, it only felt cold.
It looked as though I had a layer of very thin shiny cling film over the blister; it was really thin and almost undetectable. All good or so I thought, it can't be seen and the blister is covered and protected.
We went out again and I happily put on some other shoes so that it would not be rubbed in exactly the same place just in case. After about one hundred yards the blister started to hurt and I inspected it. The spray plaster had rubbed off exactly like thin skin would. It was totally useless. I might as well not have bothered as it had not stopped the blister area from rubbing and had not provided any protection at all.
The idea I think is for this to be used on places where the sort of rubbing like from a shoe would not be happening. It could for example be used on knees or other places where no rubbing might happen. It is not designed for use on anything deep so in fact is pretty useless as inventions go.
It is agonising as you spray it onto the wound and any child would hit the roof. You would only use it on them once as the second time they would run screaming from you as soon as you got it out of the drawer to use I can assure you.
The stinging you get from anti septic wipes and similar bears no comparison to the stinging sensation you get from this and it lasts until the spray is dry which takes quite some time. Seriously do not spray this on a child until you have tried it on an open wound yourself so that you know what pain you are inflicting.
When you spray this for best results hold the can about 10-15cm away from the skin and spray lightly and the spray is pretty strong so be prepared. It comes out looking like water but will dry like cling film so be aware where you are spraying it as you will get the layer wherever not just on you.
I used mine for a blister on the side of my foot and wore the shoes again the next day but I have to admit I didn't have socks on which might have helped. My foot where I applied the spray felt dry and strangely stiff to touch, it was certainly well protected from anything going in.
The spray coverage is designed to disappear over time and you can re-apply it as often as needed. I didn't re apply as I thought it was useless and doing nothing for my blister which actually healed itself a few days later when I wore different shoes.
They do give you some health and safety warnings and one is that it should NEVER be used on the face and also stop using it if you have any adverse reaction which is pretty well common sense but I suppose they have to cover themselves.
It is flammable so don't spray it near a naked flame or while smoking .They also advise not to inhale the spray although it has no smell who knows what is secreted in the spray .
I would NOT recommend this spray for anyone and certainly not for children unless you are feeling particularly cruel and nasty. I would use a real plaster as the effect is more cushioning for a blister and you can select non allergenic ones if you have an allergy. There is no pain from a real plaster and although you can see it I would far prefer the protection that a real plaster gives.
I am not sure how this spray copes with wounds that are bleeding as I didn't try it after the first failure and having seen my reaction to the spray my husband refused to use it on any wound of his.
The spray sits in our medical drawer and one day I will throw it out as I really cannot see any advantage to this stuff unless you want to inflict horrible agonising pain on yourself or others.
A total waste of money from my view point but if you are still tempted to buy then it can be purchased for £4.99 from Boots either online or in store.
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Last week I did a lot of walking around London in a pair of stiff Doc Marten boots and came home with a badly blistered and skinned ankle. The affected area was just bigger than penny size but not very deep. After using plasters to cover it for a couple of days I realised that the wound wasn't really healing as it needed air but I couldn't go for days without wearing shoes or socks so I went to Boots to see if there was anything I could use to treat it. I came away with this Spray Plaster aerosol. I had never actually heard of this sort of thing before. It's basically a cannister of liquid which you spray on your wound. The liquid then dries over the wound like an invisible plaster, creating a waterproof seal.
The product comes as a small 40ml sized pressurised cannister. It has a plastic lid and it's top has a big button which you need to press reasonably hard to eject the spray which then comes out of the nozzle as a dense spray. The product is Boots own make so it is marked with their logo and the term 'Advanced First Aid'. Printed on the can is some information about how to use and the benefits of using the product. Boots say this will give up to 50 applications and claim that the spray provides "instant protection for cuts and grazes". They also say the product forms a "transparent, breathable, flexible film that helps protect [the wound] from water dirt and germs" whilst allowing for "natural healing".
As I'd never tried a product like this before I actually was thinking it would come out like a foam and form a thick spongey layer over my skin like a bandage. In actual fact when you spray what comes out of the can looks just like water. You need to hold the can about 10-15cm away from the skin and spray lightly. I found that the furthest distance is best as the spray can be quite powerful. You then need to leave it to dry for a minute.
A "slight stinging" on initial application is apparantly normal. When I first used this I have to say the pain was extreme. It kind of felt like burning or being frozen and I was really gritting my teeth together until the spray dried over my ankle. As the spray dried the pain gradually went away. Still, it's what I'd call extreme pain rather than 'slight stinging'. The spray, of course, should not be used on deep or infected wounds. My wound was neither of these and yet the painful stinging sensation occured. After a few applications the pain wasn't so bad but was still present.
After the spray had dried I looked at my wound and it just looked the same as it had before I had sprayed. You can't see a layer of invisible plaster and you can't see the outline. I touched the area around the wound and it felt dry and stiff though. It allowed me to wear socks and shoes without fear of the wound bleeding or weeping.
The spray plaster is designed to dissapear over time and you can re-apply it as often as needed. Since my wound did not seem to be drying or forming a healing layer I reapplied the spray a couple of times over a few days and it helped to dry up the wound. After about three days my heel wound suddenly became very painful and my skin was red right around the ankle. When I examined it I saw that my foot looked like a zombie creation. It looked like my skin was peeling off all around the wound. In actual fact it was the spray plaster which had started to peel off into stringy bits. I immediately bathed my foot and pulled off all of the stringy bits of invisible plaster I could see. After this my wound felt a lot calmer. I don't know if the wound had become infected or whether it was simply a reaction to the spray plaster but after I washed it off the pain did subside.
I then left the wound overnight and tried the spray again in the morning and have had no bad reaction since. It has dried and 'sealed' my wound and allowed me to carry on without the need for plasters and dry dressings which were unsuitable for this particular area of my body so it has been very helpful. I still find the pain difficult to deal with when spraying this on as it is worse than putting salt into a wound!
There are a couple of warnings about the product. It can not be used on the face and it is also extremely flammable. You should discontinue use if irritation occurs as a result of using it. You should not inhale the spray although it is odourless and you should not smoke when spraying.
I would recommend this spray for anyone who needs to allow their wounds to get some air or for those who have a wound where it isn't practical to use a real plaster or dressing. This spray doesn't seem to quicken healing and you have to watch how your wound is progressing. The spray plaster does wear off and particularly over the wound rather than around the edges. So you really have to properly cleanse and monitor the affected area just as you would when using a normal plaster.
The spray costs £4.99 at Boots the Chemist and you can buy online or in store.
I try to stay away from the first aid box in school, mainly because I'm not too keen on blood and to me; first aid and blood are often found together! There are all sorts of issues now about administering first aid to a child; we even have to get permission to put plasters on children in case they have an allergy of some sort. I've managed to avoid the first aid room since September but I had a very close encounter last week when I couldn't avoid it anymore. On Tuesday I found myself sat next to the first aid box... because I was the one that had scraped my arm on an outside wall and needed a plaster to stop it bleeding... typical!
After my cut had been cleaned with some stuff which really stung (now I'm not a wimp really but when I say really stung I mean stung more than I thought it could) I turned to look for a plaster when the woman that was with me gave me a bottle. Thinking she was going to try to clean my cut yet again I quickly told her that it was perfectly clean and I'd just put a plaster on it now. However she informed me that the bottle was the plaster... I looked at her like she had three heads, four arms and seventeen legs as I've never heard of a plaster in a bottle! Apparently they're quite widely available and have been for a few years.
The Boots Advanced First Aid Plaster Spray comes in an aerosol style can, similar to a bottle of hairspray. It has a clear plastic lid and the bottle is light blue in colour along with a red stripe around the bottle showing the product name as "Spray Plaster" and below that, a blue tinted image of the spray in action. The bottle clearly advertises what the product is and what it does, it looks hygienic and very "first aid box" like as well. The back of the can tells you some basic information about the product and how to use it, it's advertised as providing "instant protection" for cuts by creating a "water resistant transparent film."
The can recommends that you thoroughly clean the wound before applying the spray which you'd probably do automatically in order to avoid infection. You then need to shake the can and hold it about 10cm away from the wound before you dispense it. The can recommends that you spray a light coating over the wounded area, to dispense it you simply press down lightly on the button and an even yet fairly gentle layer of spray will come out. It's doesn't come out overly quickly and it doesn't come out in uneven spurts either which is ideal really. I was told to apply it around the wound slightly so as to provide a bit of support from the skin.
It took about a minute for the spray plaster to dry, when it first came out it just seemed to sit on top of my skin like a liquid so you can't move your arm around as it would just run off. Within about a minute it dries and almost solidifies to provide a transparent film over the wounded area. The can says that the spray plaster will disappear completely over time which I found that it did, it was still there the following morning but had wrinkled somewhat like a normal plaster does and by the evening it had all but gone. You can reapply it though.
Boots advertises its product as providing a "breathable" and "flexible" coating which will protect any cuts or grazes from water, dirt and germs which can then lead onto causing infections. It's recommended that you don't use this spray on deep on weeping wounds, burns or on the facial area which is common sense really. This spray costs £4.99 for a 40ml can which is quite expensive compared to normal plasters, however apparently it causes less irritation than normal plasters and it doesn't leave any sticky residue when it disappears.
I'd thoroughly recommend this plaster spray and it's getting four stars from me - it does loose one just because it is rather more expensive than a small packet of plasters. According to work a 40ml can be used around twenty to twenty five times so you'd probably get a box of twenty five plasters for cheaper than this. However it does work really well, I was thoroughly pleased with the results and I like how it's easy to apply and dries really quickly. There's no problems taking it off and there's no sticky residue left. Plus the kids at school love it as they think it's like magic... so do I if I'm perfectly honest though too! Overall a good purchase!
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