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A Plaster Which Stays On
Elastoplast Fabric Strips
Member Name: Tolteca
Elastoplast Fabric Strips
Advantages: Good, reliable plasters which won't let you down.
Disadvantages: No special healing ingredients.
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 kit 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?
Summary: The brand leader for a reason.