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Boots Advanced First Aid Spray Plaster
Member Name: blonde_girl774
Boots Advanced First Aid Spray Plaster
Advantages: Easy To Use, Exciting To Use, Unique & Works Well.
Disadvantages: More Expensive Than Conventional Plasters.
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!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A spray on plaster from Boots.