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Versatile Useful Tape
Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Member Name: flodombey
Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Advantages: Versatile, breathable, easy to tear, does not irritate skin
Disadvantages: Not overly sticky.
Being the daughter of a nurse, I generally do have a pretty well stocked first aid box. The amount we travel also dictates that we always have a stash of basic essentials on hand and this product is one which has come in useful many times - and not just for medical situations!
Costing around £1.60 for a 5 metre roll in Boots, this tape is an opaque colour and if you look at it closely you will see it is not smooth (like sellotape) but has a tiny grid pattern on it. The gridding allows you to tear it easily to the length or shape you need and it will always tear straight along one of the gridlines. It is intended for holding dressings and bandages in place and sure enough we have used it for these kind of things a number of times.
I find that it works best on bandages if you use a long enough piece that you can completely encircle the joint and stick the tape back to itself - this is because it is not particularly sticky when applied to soft surfaces such as the bandage itself. It will stick to skin but if you get it wet it will almost immediately come off and it will not endure too much movement if stuck over a joint directly onto skin either.
This tape is hypoallergenic and for someone like me whose skin reacts very badly to normal plasters it is a useful alternative when used with a small piece of gauze or cotton pad instead of a classic plaster. The other reason why it works so well when used like this is that the tape is more breathable than a normal plaster is and therefore your skin is less likely to sweat under the dressing and cause irritation.
It is good value as a 5 metre roll lasts me a few years at least and as I will explain in a minute there are more than just the obvious uses for this tape.
I have used it when abroad to do a number of things including taping the back onto a broken mobile phone which simply would not function without the battery taped in securely, taping together wires from chargers/phones/ipods to ensure simple and tangle free packing between destinations, resealing half eaten biscuits/crisps for travelling without them going soft and also, bizarrely, to stop mosquito bites itching.
This last one was a tip passed to me by a fellow traveller who advised that when you have a bit which simply will not stop itching, it can sometimes help to stick sellotape over it (random but I figured I would give it a shot). Having no sellotape to hand I turned to the trusty tape and voila, the itching stopped virtually straight away and stayed neutral the whole time the tape was over it. I use this tip quite frequently now and generally it works 9 times out of 10.
So - for me this tape is an essntial bit of kit in more ways than one and it is something I will never travel without.
Summary: Fab bit of first aid kit which can be used for so much more than you might think!
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