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Every first aid box has to have plasters in them, they are essential and there are so many on the market you are spoilt for choice. This is where I always opt for a brand that I know and trust there are some plasters that's I have tried over the years and they are useless especially when you cut your finger they fall off in a matter of minutes which is not very helpful.
This is when I buy Elastoplast and I opt for the fabric strips, I have tried the waterproof plastic plasters on the market but I do not like the feel, I buy the fabric ones that are on the market. I also find that they last longer and are a lot more durable in the water.
A box of 40 assorted size fabric strips costs £2.39, which I think is great value for money and you have a different size plaster for all needs.
You need to use a plaster to make sure that you keep your wound clean and as sterile as possible to make sure that you avoid getting an infection in the wound. Before putting a plaster on a cut I place that antiseptic onto the void to minimize the risk of infection.
I also use plaster when I get a splinter; I am not very good at getting them out of my skin unless they are right at the top. I pierce the skin where the splinter is and then place antiseptic cream such as savlon and then apply a plaster over the area overnight. In the morning the antiseptic would have hopefully brought the splinter to the top of the skin so that it is easier to grab.
The plaster is comfortable to wear, when I use them on my fingers it also allows me to have full movement in my finger and it has great flexibility which I find you do not always get with plastic plasters.
The only disadvantage that I can find is that I use all of the plasters in the box apart from the large ones, I never really have a need to use them, and they normally sit in the cupboard for years until I throw them away.
It depends how you want to look at it. This product for me is value for money but extremely annoying. This product comes with assorted sizes of plasters inside. The cardboard box just about fits the amass of plasters and it has a nice simplistic design on the front with a demonstration of what you are buying. The plaster is made out of horrible textured fabric and this is another turn off for me. They are also not skin coloured even though the picture demonstrates they are. They are a dirty peach/brown and unless you've had a fake tan gone wrong wouldn't blend with your skin the way you want them too.
When using one of these plasters you need to prepare for the pain that comes afterwards. These are unlike any other fabric plaster. When you use it they are impossible to get off, even in the shower. When you do get it off, no matter how hard you scrub, which may be hard because of your cut, you are always left with a horrible sticky substance on your skin. You make think this makes this plaster good for children, but you try pulling one of these off your child with them screaming it hurts, especially if it is on hairs and then you try cleaning their arm for the next week to get the substance off their arm. To be quite honest they are a nightmare, the plasters that is not the children.
There plasters cost around £2.00 a box in most in store shops and even more online. However, I would not recommend these too children. However, I might recommend these to people who generally just don't care and want a plaster that would last them 7-10 days.
WHY DID I BUY IT
Everyone, no matter what your profession, will need an Elastoplast at some point - my particular bugbear seems to be DIY, no matter how small the task is I seem to cut myself before I have finished. I needed a product that both stemmed the bleeding, and also didn't allow any of the bloody to seep through the plaster - especially when doing tasks such as sanding or painting.
Also I found that using products without the fabric strips tended to just push the blood away from the area of bleeding, whereas the fabric strips help absorb some of it which is a better fix to the issue.
As usual with these types of products, I purchased these from my local supermarket but they are widely available at the major retailers plus chemists widely across the UK.
I purchased the product in a box of 40 strips, which cost around £2.30, around a year ago and I still have a number of the plasters left awaiting use - which to me represents excellent value - of course this depends on how much DIY you do!
The packet that I purchased contained assorted sizes of the Elastoplast's, which I believe offers the best value here. The assortment includes ten large plasters, suitable for cuts and bruises on areas such as the torso/arms/legs etc., two sets of smaller sized plasters which are more suitable for fingers and toes, and a set of small penny-sized plasters suitable for small cuts - an ideal selection that can be used for a variety of DIY disasters
In my opinion these are the best on the market, and certainly keep the wounds clean for long periods (suitable for use of around a day or two maximum), and are also extremely adhesive and provide excellent protection against infection and avoids getting dirt into the cuts.
The Elastoplast's are also very comfortable to wear as long as you don't put them on too tight, and being fabric they tend to match your skin tone so aren't as obvious as wearing a huge white plaster to the workplace etc. Five out of five from me.
I am revieving Tesco fabric dressing strips .
A box of Tesco fabric dressing strips contain 10 strips , which measure 10 cms by 6 cms .
You will have to cut them to the size you require
The discription on the box reads as following...........
Ideal for protection of wounds, durable and flexible offering both comfort and protection for wounds.
The soft lightweight backing is comfortable and breathable to assist the healing process and has a non-stick antiseptic pad to prevent infection. Featuring a hypoallergenic, latex free adhesive to minimise the risk of an allergic reaction. The dressing strip can be cut to the required size
I recently had cause to use these after cutting my finger on a sharp knife while preparing today,s Sunday lunch . Doh , that really hurt,, So I grabbed the box out of the kitchen cupboard,I always keep plasters downstairs ,to stop blood drips on the stair carpet , if you get my drift, quickly cut one to size and got my husband to apply it for me .
So back I went to peeling my veg for dinner, and although the plaster got really wet,it stayed where it was .
When I finished I gently dried the plaster, on my finger, with some plenty kitchen towel.
It is still doing its job and has not come unstuck ,so I will give these 5 stars and will reccomend them to all, they certainly are waterproof ,even if they are fabric ,they are the best fabric plasters I have ever used,so heres a big thanks to Tesco
I've always preferred to buy Elastoplast plasters after finding that trying out various cheaper options gave very mixed results in terms of how sticky and how effective they'd been. This particular pack contains 40 plasters with a good range of shapes and sizes: 20 of the most-needed 19x65mm, 10 larger 30x65mm, 2 extra large (more later!) and 8 little round ones 23mm diameter. The plasters are individually sealed on an "Elastoplast" emblazoned backing with a clear film over the fronts. The film is easy to remove from the backing to get the plasters out. The box is opened by breaking a light perforation on the front of the box which once broken gives the box an easy flip-top opening/closing design, making the plasters easily visible and accessible.
At this moment in time I have used around half the packet in total, and can't recall any particular good or bad plaster-related anecdotes, so obviously in the main they do what they are required to do. However, unfortunately, I'm writing this review though on the back of a bit of a disappointing experience with these plasters over the weekend.
Whilst washing up I cut my hand pretty badly and was on my own in the house at the time. Being a bit of a wuss when it comes to all things first-aidy, I quickly grabbed a cloth, pressed it on the cut and dashed upstairs to get the plasters. This box is well used, but the larger ones hadn't been used, and the 'large' in this packet really does mean large - a generous 50 x 72mm. Without going into detail, my wound consisted of two pretty bad (in my opinion!!) cuts, and this size plaster covered them both.
The pad which applies to the wounds sits comfortably in the centre of the plaster which means plenty of "sticky" to adhere to the skin around the wound. My cuts did continue to bleed for a bit after I had stuck the plaster on, but after about an hour I knew everything had settled down, and I returned to my washing up task. No sooner had I submerged my hand in the water than the plaster practically immediately began to peel off. I abandoned the washing up, but no amount of drying time was going to get this plaster to regain its stickiness. I got the second plaster out and carried on my (non-washing-up) activities. Within minutes, this too was peeling off. A couple of handwashes and I was in danger of losing it altogether again. The edge of the plaster was quite close to the fingers and over the knuckles, so obviously this area was moving quite a bit and the adhesive of these plasters was just unable to cope. I had some strapping to hand (no pun intended) and wrapped some of that around my hand to try to keep it on. Whilst it kept the plaster in place, the plaster itself just continued to release itself from my skin, and in the end I gave up and went to buy an alternative product (Co-op clear plasters - these did the job much better).
The good points of these plasters are that you get a good selection of sizes, and the numbers of each size in the box seem to have been carefully thought through/researched. The plasters are thin and soft to the touch and so feel very flexible when applied. "Flexible" is one of their proudest claims on the front of the packet, which I wholeheartedly agree, but the other claim on there is "Strong Adhesion" and that definitely appears not to be the case if you are planning on washing at any point whilst wearing one. I don't have any huge success stories to recount, but equally this is the first really bad experience I can recall, so clearly they do their job for everyday, normal usage in areas where they can easily stick. The fact that they fell short of what I needed, when I most needed it though is a huge negative, especially when you pay a premium for a 'brand', and these are by no means cheap compared to own brand equivalents. This experience has definitely undermined my personal confidence in these plasters but on the basis I have used half a packet and can't recall any other problems, I really have to give 3 stars.
I am accident prone and have quite delicate skin which cuts and blisters at the slightest chance. Accordingly, I am an officiando of plasters and have a large stash in my bathroom cabinet, handbags and first aid box.
These are one of the staples of all three.
This is a cardboard box with 40 individual strip plasters in. This is useful as these are the plasters I tend to use most often and while I do also have boxes of mixed plasters and speciality ones for the blisters I am a martyr to, the strip ones are perhaps the most versitile and so the ones I go to first.
The rectangle pad covers and cushions both cuts and most small blisters and the long tail on either side of the pad gives good sticking power and firm anchorage. This is important to me, as I have a weird biochemistry which makes waterproof plasters come off far, far too easily.
These plasters are fabric and so not waterproof. However, I have bathed and showered while wearing these and they do stay put and continue to do so even after it and I have dried off. They stay put even in tropical conditions and the resulting sweat. My feet have trekked in extreme conditions with a collection of these protecting my blistered feet and even in intense activity the plasters have done their job. They have absorbed fluids where the blisters have burst. They have protected my skin from tropical infection and kept me on my feet to see some awesome things.
They are just as effective at home.
I am short-sighted and like to walk around the house barefooted as shoes love blistering me. As a result I do tred on things and get cuts on my toes on a not irregular basis. These plaster wrap around my small toes and stay where they need to stay. They also rescue my fingers when the knife has slipped cutting veggies.
And at 40 per box, they are good value from Boots at £2.39 or 239 Advantage Points. As a brand leader, they are also easily found at all the main supermarkets.
I am not allergic to xinc-oxide plasters but do have sensitive skin. These have never triggered a reaction in me.
They are not glamerous. There is no special ingredient to promote healing or gear it towards blisters. Children won't find a beloved character looking back at them from the site of an injury. What they are is a good, reliable staple of the first aid cupboard and something that will not let you or yours down.
And you can even recycle the box, if not the peel off strips you use to apply the plaster.
What's not to love?
Elastoplast Fabric Strips
I am a rather clumsy person and also suffer from 'stupid shoes syndrome' and so always either carry around a few plasters on my person or have an assortment in my bathroom cupboard for such incidents.
Elastoplast is a well-known brand for manufacturing plasters, blister pads and sports and medical support items. The brand is owned by Beiersdorf which is a German company who make lots of personal health care products.
The plasters come in lots of shapes and sizes as you will see if you venture down the plaster aisle in Boots! I generally buy the bigger boxes as they end up being better value and will be reviewing my current box of 20 fabric strips.
The Elastoplast fabric plasters come in a small rectangular cardboard box that is a white colour with a blue and red background and the Elastoplast branding over it which is yellow and red. The box has a sketch of the plasters inside and are pretty much life size so that you can get a good idea of what they look like and if they'll be suitable for your needs.
Inside are the 20 fabric plasters that are each individually wrapped for hygiene reasons. I used to buy the large strips of fabric plasters that you can cut to size yourself but often found that the huge strip would become a bit tatty and frayed on the edges with time. To get to the plaster you peel away the outer wrapping that is clear on one side and branded on the other.
The plaster itself looks like a standard fabric plaster, with one side a woven fabric that is a dark beige/burnt orange colour which is the outer protective layer. The other side has the wound pad in the centre and either side of this the sticky adhesive layering. The plaster has dimensions of 19 mm x 65 mm which I find is perfect for fingers and toes.
Before you apply your plaster to your affected area you should wash the wound or blister and make sure that the area is dry before applying or else it will not stick properly and becomes awkward and wasted. You then peel off the film protecting the sticky patches and place the wound pad over your cut. The wound pad is nice and padded for comfort and also acts as a breathable fabric so that your wound heals more quickly.
The stickiness of these plasters is really good, especially if you can wrap it all the way around onto the fabric, you can struggle to remove it sometimes if you apply it this way! I feel that the plasters are strong, very flexible and comfortable. They are also very good for using on blisters from your shoes as they are quite thin and subtle against your feet.
I find that when using plasters it really makes a huge difference in comfort and quality buying a brand like Elastoplast, as you can stick it on and forget about it rather than having to reapply or mess around with the not so expensive brands that I have tried before. A box of 20 costs around the £2.50 mark from high street shops and pharmacies. I can highly recommend them. Also avaiable in multipack sizes, 40 pack and waterproof varieties.
I have bought cheaper plasters in the past and when they say you get what you pay for, it is very true. These are my preferred plaster of choice, either these of the long strip of plaster, so you can cut off the amount you want.
The box is quite easy to recognise with its red and blue front. There are 40 plasters in this box and they are individually wrapped. These Elastoplast plasters are not waterproof which is a slight disadvantage but to their credit they are remarkably sticky. Most of my injuries tend to be gained via cooking so its little nicks while cutting or chopping vegetables. Generally on the ends of my fingers or in the creases of my fingers. This can cause problems for normal plasters (especially waterproof ones) as they tend to open up or slip off in creases. The advantage with these fabric plasters is they are so sticky that they can be moved to stick in pretty much any position. They tend not to leave behind a sticky residue, unless they have been on too long.
Definatly the plaster I would recommend.
Having 2 nephews who come to visit me regularly, you can never have too many plasters in the house ready to cover a cut or graze. I always buy Elastoplast plasters as I think they are the best quality plasters and stick well unlike cheaper brands and plaster you often get at markets or in the £1 shops. I always tend to buy a box of mixed sized plasters as these come in handy for different sizes of cuts and grazes. There's nothing worse than having a small cut and having to stick a huge plaster over it because that's all you have left.
I purchased the Fabric plaster from my local boots for £2.96 which isn't bad value for 40 plaster strips. The assorted plaster strips come in a blue and red coloured box and has a picture of the different plaster strips on the front of the box. It states that the plasters are fabric and are flexible and durable with strong adhesion. On one side of the box it tells you exactly how many of each plaster strip is included in the box. On the back of the box it tells you a little more about the plaster and states that it has breathable fabric for flexible comfort. Waterproof plasters are great but there's not always the need for waterproof one's, which I why I purchased the fabric one's as well.
In the box you get the following plasters:
20 - 19 x 65 mm long thin strips
10 - 30 x 65mm slightly thicker strips
2 - 50 x 72 square plasters
8 - 23mm small round circle plasters
The plasters come wrapped individually to keep them sterile. You can see the front of each plaster through the clear plastic front of the wrapper and the back is white with Elastoplast printed on the back. You simply tear open the wrapper and remove the backing paper which splits in half down the middle of the plaster. Ensure the cut is clean and dry before applying the plaster. Apply the plaster to the cut ensuring that the plaster isn't on too tight. The plasters are easy to apply and stick to the skin very well. I have used the smaller long thin strips when I have cut my fingers and they wrap around your finger nicely and stay put until it's ready to come off. Even when the plaster has got slightly wet, it's still stuck to my finger. I have used some of the bigger plasters on my nephew when he has fallen and cut or grazed his knee quite bad. The plasters and really flexible and move with your body which gives them a comfortable fit. The plasters do need a good pull in order for them to come off; how-ever my nephew loves to do this himself.
The plasters are fantastic quality and are good value as they have lasted a good few months, before having to replace them again. I ensure that once a plaster is on, it's left on no longer than a day and if I need to change the plaster I will put a new one on. I know some people can be allergic to fabric plasters, how-ever me or my nephew have had no reaction to the plasters. There has been a slight mark when the plaster has been removed, how-ever this soon disappears and the plaster leaves no sticky residue behind. This is a great brand of plasters worth 5 shiny stars.
(review also on ciao)
I am terribly clumsy, and I suffer from eczema. Both these things mean that I really need a constant supply of plasters. Sometimes it's because I chop part of my pinky off when cooking, other times I scratch myself so much I bleed.
I like a shower, like most people! I usually shower two times a day so it's important to me that my plasters can withstand pelting shower water without peeling off. I find that these fabric plasters actually withstand this better than the waterproof variety. Weird I know, but true. They are also better on awkward areas, like around fingers or on elbows. I feel that they give greater flexibility and allow me to move the area where a cut is more freely. They are really comfortable to wear and it's easy to forget you're wearing them.
They are very sticky. Which is great. I get really frustrated with plasters that start falling off three minutes after applying. In fact you'll probably want to take these plasters off before they come off naturally, and they are so sticky that it'll probably be quite painful. Pull it off quick!
Elastoplast is a well known and trusted name - I know these plasters are protecting my wounds. They come in different sizes to fit most cuts, and cost under £3 for 40. This is pretty reasonable.
I do prefer to buy the dressing strips and cut them to size, but this is a minor issue and it's still handy to have a box or two of these in a bathroom cabinet.
My only concern with these is how hygienic it is for fabric plasters to become wet, as they don't repel the water like waterproof plasters do. I do change plasters daily though, and have never had any issues with wound becoming infected due to a wet fabric plaster, so I'll continue using them.