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I do not know about the rest of you but plasters coming off when damp is one of the banes of my life! I am a naturally hot person and often have damp skin when I get hot, I also wash my hands a lot, we have pets and I used to work in a hospital so I have a built in desire to wash my hands many times, this causes me to go through a lot of normal plasters!
I saw these on sale I think about 2 years ago now and thought I would give them a go as they claim to be water resistant, even staying on when showering, although I admit I remove all plasters when showering to allow the wound to get clean and air but still if they are meant to stay on in a shower I expected them to stay on when I washed my hands or on my feet that were a little sweaty (sorry lol).
The plasters are a mixed box as is usual with most, in this box there is two sizes. They work the same as a usual plaster, you peel back the backing to reveal the sticky backing and stick this to the area that requires protecting.
The difference with this is that other than being more water resistant that they have tiny little holes in them, this is meant to help the wound breath which helps promote faster healing. As with most plasters there is also a padded area that is not sticky that should be placed directly over the cut or wound to protect it.
My plasters are a box of 20 which cost me around £3.50 from the local chemist. They are available at supermarkets and other chemists for between £3-£3.50.
Did I find that they stayed on longer? Not massively to be honest! A little but still had them coming off more than once a day on me. Like I say though I have a nightmare with plasters so this is good for me.
Would I recommend them? Only if you are someone who has a real issue keeping plasters on, if not then just stick with the regular ones because I have not found these to be that much more effective!
I so often have small cuts and bruises, many work related and I therefore go through an awful lot of plasters. So I have tried various types and companies over the years and must say the Elastoplast Aqua protect plasters are one of my favourites.
They promise to be 100% waterproof and ideal for bathing, showering and swimming. I have found this only to be partially true. I mean plasters are cheap enough to replace after a bath or shower but when you just want to wash your hands you don't want to change your plaster every time. And often my cuts are on my fingers and hands. If these plasters get too wet they will come off eventually and if they are not put on properly or with an even seal then water will get underneath and it will come off. But as far as waterproof plasters go these are the best I have come across.
There is 20 plasters in a pack that will cost you just over £3, which I find is acceptable for a decent box of plasters. They are easily available from any high street drug store and I have found them cheaper in discount drug stores like Savers before. So do shop around and I'm sure you can save a few pennies.
Overall they are the longest lasting and most waterproof plasters I have come across and would definitely recommend these. I use these for all my "plastering" needs now, whether it really requires a waterproof plaster or not, they are just great quality.
Plasters are one of the things I always have in my medicine box and in my handbag , we used to call them sticky plasters when we were little kids as they stuck you back together after a cut but these were the ordinary flesh coloured plasters that we used when little and the plasters of today are more advanced than these old versions.
The one's I buy know are Elastoplast Plasters Aqua Protect as they are great for when you have to do kitchen work, as you don't have to take them off when washing up. These are waterproof and stay on in the water not like the plasters of old that would absorb the water then fall off, these stay on and they are also see through so they are quite up to date plasters.
A box will cost you around £3.25 or a little more depending on where you buy them and you can find them in the medicine aisle of the supermarket, places like asda or morrisons are always stocked up with them.
The box is a light blue colour and contains 20 plasters, you get 12 strips of the larger plasters which are long and thin and are 25 x 72 mm and then you get 8 of the square small plasters that are 39 x 39 mm.
The soft gauze is in the middle of each plaster is breathable so lets the air in for quicker healing and they are individually sealed to stay sterile until you open the plaster.
These are quite flexable so if you have to have one on your finger near a joint then they move without coming off, they are very good at staying in place and don't block off any circulatuion if you don't stick them on and pull them too tightly over a finger wound.
Wearing a plaster protects agains infection and contamination of food if you work in the kitchen so it's always handy to have some plasters in your handbag to keep yourself and others safe from passing on infections if you do cut yourself in the kitchen.
These can also be used when swiming as they are water proof and they won't come off in the shower either, but they do have to be changed daily so that the wound underneath stays clean.
I can recommend these plasters to you as they are great, just for the fact that they don't come off in water. They aren't really that expensive and you never know when your going to need one, so they are in a handy pack that fits in your bag or medicine box.
10 out of 10 from me for these.
I have been buying Elastoplast for years and when I require a plaster, I really don't think to look elsewhere. Before when I have swapped to supermarket brands for example they have provided me with a plaster that tends to not stay where I placed it, as it simply is not sticky enough!! I currently have the fabric roll and these plasters and think they really are a must have product - in the handbag, for nights out, in the car, at work and in the home generally!
The product --> Elastoplast are always innovating their products, and that is exactly the same here. The aqua protect plasters are thin and invisible - making them especially great for wearing with high shoes on a night out, and sandals on the beach!! (or whenever you are wearing them). They get thinner each time Im sure, which means they really stick to your skin, and aren't bulky and on show to everyone. It has a white pad in the middle, which doesn't stick to the injury so cream can be applied to this too for extra recovery. These particular ones are breathable too, and also flexible and waterproof. This is something that it sticks too - unlike most which promise to be waterproof but infact fall off in a second. There are 20 strips in this packet.
I find these plasters great because they help to provide air to the wound, as they are so breathable. Therefore, instead of having to keep a cut open so that the air can get to it and it can heal, these can in fact cover it up and allow it to be protected whilst gaining recovery.
These plasters are great especially for blisters and smaller cuts. I am always using plasters when using new shoes - especially high ones when going out. However, these are far more effective now they are clear - a feature I really approve of!
Cost --> This is a brand that are available at stacks of shops, but your best bet is to shop around, as they are sometimes on offer. So if this isn't a desperate buy - but just to stock up then shop around as they are often more expensive than usual, around £2.50.
As these come in ready cut sizes it is handy if you need one in a hurry and don't have any scissors to cut them down with! However, it is also a shame it isn't available in a roll, so that they can be fit to the size preferred.
A great plaster brand, would recommend.
When I cut my hand a few weeks ago I needed a plaster just to stop it bleeding and keep the germs out a bit, not because it was a majorly big cut or anything. The only chemist we've got in walking distance is a small independent one and they've not got room in the shop for many different choices of things.
I paid about £2.50 for this pack of 20 plasters, there are 3 different sizes in the box and they are all individually wrapped to keep them clean while you're storing them in the medicine cabinet or wherever you keep your plasters.
I went for the Aqua Protect one because looking after my 2 year old sister all day means I've got my hands in water a lot... and she's potty training at the minute so my hands are even wetter than usual! lol
The plasters are see through and as soon as I started sticking it on I could feel how strong the sticky stuff is. That's a good thing but worried me a bit about how much it would hurt when I came to pull the plaster off! The plaster is a lot thinner than the big bulky flesh coloured ones you can buy and I like that even though the cut on my hand is in a place where I have to bend and stuff the plaster stays where it is and doesn't go all puckered or come away from my skin when I move.
The 3 sizes of plaster in the box are perfect for most minor cuts I reckon. You get a long standard size plaster that's good for wrapping round your finger if you get a cut, a squarish one that you'd use for blisters and grazes and then a thinner one that I suppose you'd use for a very small cut or if you got a splinter or something.
They are waterproof, I've done exactly the same amount of washing up and stuff while wearing the plaster but it hasn't started peeling off in the water and after I removed it immediately after washing my hair the other day I saw that my cut was dead dry and looked like it was healing a bit quicker than when I've used a non waterproof plaster.
The white gauze on the plaster is good and doesn't stick to my cut at all, when I took the plaster off to clean it and put a new one on it hadn't left any fibres or sticky patches on my cut even though it had been bleeding more than such a tiny cut should have!
Recommended.... brill plasters that are a million times better than cheaper ones!
When I picked up these plasters it had been quite a while since I'd used any, probably a couple of years, so I was completely unaware of the latest advances in plaster technology, and was expecting them to be just as rubbish as every plaster I'd used before. I anticipated having to change plaster every couple of ours as they stopped sticking, and I expected them to be stiff as waterproof plasters always used to be, and uncomfortable.
I was looking for plasters for one of my big toes (won't go into any more detail to protect the squeamish) and was pleased to see that this pack featured two fairly large sizes - 12 (25 x 72 mm) and 8 (39 x 39 mm), and that I would not have to waste money on a variety pack including those ridiculous tiny plasters that fail to completely cover any wounds larger than a pinprick. Both of the sizes in this pack fit big toes really well, so no money was wasted.
I still expected the actual plasters to be disappointing, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they do the job fine. The plastic is soft but thick enough not to be torn by finger or toe nails, the stickiness is excellent - I could take the plaster off and move it when I put it on at a wrong angle by mistake - and they stay put for a whole day if you are wearing socks. Without socks they do come loose sooner, probably after about 12 hours though, which is pretty good as plasters go.
Each plaster is individually wrapped, and easy to open without tearing the plaster, unlike the Sainsbury's own brand plasters which I have found to be hard to open without damaging the plaster. They are packaged in a cardboard carton which of course can be recycled, and can be found in good chemists and chain stores. These plasters are more expensive than supermarket own brands, but I think the higher price is justified and they are worth the money in the end as they will need to be replaced less often.
My only criticism is that they are only waterproof when they've just been applied. After a few hours the stickiness wears off and if you submerge the body part with the plaster on it in water or run it under the tap or shower head the plaster will probably come off.
These plasters and/or their packaging may contain latex so they would not be suitable for persons with an allergy to latex.
Waterproof and breathable plasters.