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Worth the price to avoid pain!
Boots Pharmaceuticals Cushioned Plasters
Member Name: Holland1
Boots Pharmaceuticals Cushioned Plasters
Advantages: Cushioned backs, good staying power, waterproof, very protective
Disadvantages: More expensive than other options
During a recent trip away, my other half and I went out for a romantic meal one night, and as it had been a while since I'd got "dressed up" for anything, I forgot how agonisingly painful my favourite heels were. I ended up barely being able to walk which meant I must have been staggering round looking like I'd had far too much to drink, whereas in reality I was just trying not to be a big baby about a few blisters on my heels, which, lets face it are hardly the biggest pain you could experience!
When we got in, the shoes got kicked off and I had blisters on two of my toes and big red sores on my heels (the romantic night out didn't end quite so romantically as I thrust my feet in his face saying "Look, this is why I don't wear heels more often")
Whilst we were out the next day, we popped into Boots to pick some plasters up. Although we're usually quite tight with money, when it comes to things like pain relief we tend to just pick the best product for the job, and my other half suggested these plasters because it said they were cushioned and he thought this would be good for my heels so my trainers didn't rub on the sore bit.
The plasters cost £2.29 for a box of 20. Although they're not the cheapest plasters in the world they are certainly more effective than the cheaper ones you can get and they're good value for money because they stay on for longer so you're not wasting them. The plasters are cushioned, waterproof, and latex-free (hypoallergenic).
The box is green with a picture of the plasters on the front. The plasters are white in colour rather than skin coloured, so this is worth bearing in mind if they're going on your hands or fingers as they do stand out a bit. As it was, they were going straight on my feet and being covered in socks so I wouldn't have minded if they were purple with orange stripes. The plaster has a foam backing which is what makes them white, and also what gives them their cushioning.
The box tells us that it contains 20 assorted plasters. In actual fact, what it actually means is it contains 4 slightly larger plasters (30mm x 72mm), and 16 standard finger strip sized plasters (19mm x 72mm). When I need plasters, it's very rare I need anything other than the usual standard shape and size, so the assortment in boxes doesn't really bother me, but if you prefer a variety of different shapes and sizes this is something to be aware of.
Inside, the plasters are sealed in separate wrappers, but then attached to each other. They're easy to peel open, and the back comes off the plaster easily. I found these plasters to have excellent staying power. Although they were on my feet so not constantly being exposed to anything, they withstood a good few showers before starting to peel. In my experience this is unusual because I usually find as soon as you have a shower or you're tossing and turning in bed, plasters usually come off straight away. I did change them every couple of days for hygiene reasons obviously, but at least they weren't coming off every couple of hours, and I didn't have that horrible stinging sensation you sometimes get when you're in the shower and water gets into a cut/sore.
The cushioning on these plasters is very effective, and ideal for heel blisters. It meant that once the plasters were in place, I just had to put my socks on and the blisters were protected from any further damage. The plasters feel nice and thick because of the cushioning, so they're good for more serious or deeper cuts which need a bit more protection from knocks.
I would have no hesitation in recommending these plasters, especially for anyone with sensitive skin, or if you have a cut that needs protecting from water or knocks. These are definitely worth paying a little bit more.
Summary: Worth paying more (and it's not often I say that!)
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