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Boots Advanced First Aid Spray Plaster
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Boots Advanced First Aid Spray Plaster
Advantages: Helps dry up wounds and protect from germs and dirt.
Disadvantages: Stings on application.
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.
Summary: A good solution and alternative to band aids and dressings.
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