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Compeed Blister Plasters
Compeed Blister Plasters
Member Name: m_illie
Compeed Blister Plasters
Date: 16/05/12, updated on 16/05/12 (415 review reads)
Advantages: Effective, long-lasting, pain-relieving
Disadvantages: Expensive, only 6 to a pack
The first time anyone in my household ever bought and tried out these plasters was when my sister stood into the inside of her straightener so that they enveloped her foot (don't ask me how she did this!). It was a gruesome sight and she was in bandages at first for fear that things would rub against her skin and irritate it making it much worse. My Mum went to the pharmacy the next day (this occurred late at night, as for some reason she'd straighten her hair before bed, keeping me up to all hours of the night because we shared a room as children) and she came back with these.
Compeed is a relatively well known brand although not the kind that might pop up into everyday conversation. It deals with healing in numerous forms such as plasters for blisters and callouses and cole sore patches. It is a pretty decent work of ingenuity as the plaster basically acts as an additional layer of skin which leaves breathing room so that your actual skin can heal underneath without any interruption.
The blister plaster acts as another layer of skin and also provides the healing area with soothing so as to lessen the ill effects of whatever you seemed to have hurt, and at least make the awkward healing process a little better. It claims to provide the following: quick pain relief, faster healing times, and protection from any further blistering. As well as this the plaster itself is pretty long wearing, as when I use them I can often keep them on for more than 2-3 day, but for the sake of hygiene I do tend to replace them a little more often than this. They claim to 'repel' dirt and bacteria, which admittedly is something most plasters do, but the composition of this plaster is a kind of water-proof material and so it has the added benefit of this.
The product is available in 3 sizes, your standard small, medium and a little unorthodox 'toes'. For most blisters a small plaster would suffice as it is just about the right size to cover ones you might get from shoe irritation for example. The toes variety is made especially so that it can remain firmly in place at the toes, which is usually something normal plasters fail at, as they are not quite so flexible and the material usually cannot withstand any sweating or movement from this area. This is one aspect of the plaster I particularly like, as when my sister attempted to burn her toes off, this variety was very useful indeed.
I enjoy this product and would recommend it. For the price, its not something I would say is required for all, if not even most injuries, as most don't tend to require such explicit and expensive (!) treatment. However for things such as really irritated blisters, or even burns it is really excellent, especially as the fact that it stays so firmly in place removes the fear that it will come off, which for me is always pretty painful (I'm the kind of person who prefer to just whip off my plasters, not slowly tug at them - I find this much more painful).
Price and availability:
You can purchase most Compeed products in local pharmacies however if you do you must always put up with the ridiculously high prices most pharmacies tend to boast. For example, the first time we got these plasters you paid a hefty £6.99 which is way too much, in my opinion, to spend on plasters regardless of how complex they may seem. From then on we've always bought ours off the internet and many online stores tend to sell them. For example on Ebay, our 'store' of choice, you tend to be able to buy a pack, or even in bulk for about £2-3 less than you would spend in a shop. This is definitely worth looking into, as I find you can always spot out a bargain online. Amazon sells a single 'medium' pack of the plasters for £3 which is great value, especially if you compare it to pharmacy prices! You can also buy in bulk, which is ordinary a smart move money-wise, for around £5, but most only tend to sell in packs of 2-5.
This is a great product, should you need it, but otherwise I'd stick to ordinary plasters for any blister issues.
Summary: An effective plaster for blisters (if you think you need it)
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