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Boots microporous surgical tape - holds the plaster in place nicely!
Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Member Name: karlsm93
Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Advantages: Flexible, lets air at wound, holds plasters in place
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.
Summary: A great product that does what it claims to
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