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Tape Two Tricky Toes!
Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Member Name: angelboouk
Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Advantages: price, quality, easy to use, practical, kind to skin
Disadvantages: a bit fiddly to use on toes
Boots offer a range of Microporous Surgical tape. This range includes different sizes of tape but I will be discussing my use of the 2.5cm x 5m tape.
This little roll of surgical tape is presented in a small green box. It is suitable for holding dressings in place or over minor cuts and grazes on the skin. The tape is hypoallergenic and gentle against the skin. Boots state that this tape is easy to tear, soft, flexible and will allow your skin to breathe.
The 2.5cm x 5m surgical tape is priced at £1.99 from Boots and www.boots.com.
I am a very clumsy person and always have been. It is amazing that I have yet to break a bone (touch wood) or seriously injure myself. Late last year I was trying to get something off the top of our wardrobe and didn't notice my sons Jackhammer toy was up there. Before I knew it, the Jackhammer was falling and had landed head first onto my bare feet. The pain was unbelievable and left my sore and limping. Later that day, two of my toes were purple. I knew they weren't broken but badly bruised so I opted to go to the local chemist rather than waste time at the hospital after speaking with a nurse friend.
The lady in the chemist was quite helpful but there really wasn't much they could recommend to me. She did say to strap the two toes together with something soft inbetween them and recommended this surgical tape. I bought the size recommended to me. I believe this was the same tape recommended to my fiance when he badly damaged two of his fingers a few years ago. I was happy to try anything so slid a thin cotton pad between the two toes and got to work on strapping them up.
The size of tape you need will depend on which part of your body you are using it on. The 2.5cm wide tape I bought is just the right size for fingers and toes. It is important to ensure the area of skin is clean and dry before using this tape. I found this quite difficult to use on my toes as they don't bend and move as easily as fingers so there is less room to unwind the tape. The tape itself is neatly rolled and is white in colour.
The tape is very easy to roll out and tear without the need for scissors. It tears like a thick paper and has a sticky back just like a plaster does. Once I got the hang of wrapping this around my toes, I found it to be a very useful product. The tape keeps any dressings (or in my case cotton pads!) secure and it can be wrapped as tightly as you feel comfortable wrapping it. Because of the way I applied the tape, it was touching my skin and it didn't irritate my skin at all.
This surgical tape fufilled my needs to keep my sore, bruised toes strapped together and I found I was a little more comfortable than I would have been without them being strapped up. I was impressed at how durable the tape was. I have used it directly over small cuts and wrapped around my fingernails when I have caught them on something. Using the tape stops any further discomfort and keeps my fingernails clean whilst I do the dishes. The tape doesn't come off when submerged in water.
The tape is easy to remove from skin and dressings. It doesn't nip like a plaster would but does feel a little tickly. I have experienced no irritation from using this tape and my skin doesn't feel restricted or deprived on air when strapped up using this tape. It is very kind to skin in my opinion.
I suppose this would be a handy thing to have in the medicine cupboard. I changed my dressing each day as I had no bleeding so didn't feel the need to change it more often. I feel this surgical tape combined with a dressing or pad is the best way of strapping up bruised toes or fingers that do not need medical attention. My toes healed well and I was glad I didn't waste the hospitals time by going to get it strapped up when I was capable of doing it myself.
One 5m roll is long lasting and I hope not to have to use it too often but given my bad luck I probably will need to again soon. Both myself and my fiance can recommend this surgical tape. It is well priced and of a decent quality.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: kept my poor toes strapped together neatly