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      27.08.2014 13:59
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      Useful, up to date product

      At first, I was undecided on the merits of the Elastoplast spray plaster. At almost £6, it seemed a little expensive, so I din't really want to buy it, if it wasn't going to work.

      Following an injury I picked up whilst rowing where I sustained a deep blister down to the muscle at the base of my finger (on the inside), I found it very difficult to apply normal plasters as it was in such an awkward place. Because of this, I had to find an alternative.

      I bought the spray on plaster as it promised to give effective protection from infection and to keep and small wounds, blisters etc clean and dry. It certainly gave the protection I had hoped for but stung massively when I applied it! It is easy to use and a little goes a long way-I have used it many times since then and still find I have plenty left.

      I don't think it replaces traditional plasters for everything, but is certainly useful for things like grazes where a thin film is more easily applied than a bulky plaster.

      People have said that it is expensive; in reality it is not really that bad-it markets itself on being able to cover around 50 wounds. If you think of the price of 50 odd plasters, it would probably equate to more than £6 dependant on the size of the wound and the frequency in which the plaster needs changing.

      Overall, I would recommend this product for difficult places where you need coverage but can't fit a plaster. Stings a bit on application though!

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      05.03.2014 15:09
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      I've used it several times and would recommend it

      I bought the spray plaster because I have a habit of picking up minor scratches etc and it's useful to have a bit of handy waterproof anti bacterial protection.

      The can is small and easy to keep in sports bag- especially handy for swimming.

      The spray is easy to apply and fairly quick drying. It is advisable to have a tissue or similar to quickly wipe off overspill (although leaving it where it is probably wouldn't do any harm). Also be aware that it is a bit sticky before drying.

      It does sting slightly when applied to broken skin. It passes very quickly but do be aware especially if applying on a child.

      Once in place the plaster is clear and almost invisible. It does shine a little bit.

      The spray is not a substitute plaster for a deeper cut as it will not stem bleeding or absorb blood.

      The plaster does not need to be removed like a traditional one. It gradually comes away her a few days due to washing etc. It can be a bit messy if scratched off so discourage this.

      All in all I would recommend it for minor cuts, scratches and abrasions.

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      30.04.2013 22:19
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      a great product that works

      My little girl is always tripping over and cutting herself and needs a plaster for the slightest little cut! She is very dramatic.

      I was sick of picking up dirty plasters from around the house that had come off so decided to go to the chemist and ask if they had some that were really strong and would stay in place longer.

      It was then that I heard about Elastoplast spray plaster. The lady behind the counter said she had used it on her son and that it was brilliant. I have to say I wasn't convinced but thought I would give it a go.

      It certainly isn't cheap! I paid £6 for a can of it. The can held 30g so wasn't big, the lady in the shop told me that the little can would do approx 50 applications which sounded fine she also said it was waterproof which again is a bonus when you have children.

      The thing that I thought was good about this product when I started to read about it is that it prevents bacteria from entering the wound which I thought was good and was something extra to what a standard plaster would do

      I took it home and waited for the next disaster to occur and for her to come running in demanding a plaster. I only had to wait 1 day!

      I followed the instructions when I used it which is to wash the area that is cut and then spray the area with the Elastoplast. It was very easy to apply and just coated the area with a thin layer. My daughter thought it was amazing.

      You can hardly see it when it's done which is good especially if you have kids that wear skirts etc and you don't want them constantly covered in dirty plasters. This product really is brilliant you can just go about your day as normal she had a bath, went swimming etc and nothing affected it. After a couple of days it just gradually wore off and by that time the wound was healed anyway.

      I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with kids or who uses a lot of plasters yourself

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      05.04.2013 22:26

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      Not as good as traditional plasters

      Ok, I admit that when I first bought this product it was not actually for use on humans. This was purchased as my vet suggested it might be the ideal thing to use on my dogs paws, as he was having lots of trouble with road salt getting in to the cracks on his paws. I searched around at purchased this in my local chemist. At £6.75 for the little tin, I did find it very expensive but it does say that it should last for 50 uses, and it is something different so I figured it was worth a go.

      On the dog, this simply didn't work. I found that it skooshed out of the tin far too quickly, meaning it was virtually impossible to apply a thin layer as the directions suggest. It dried quickly but didn't seem to form any sort of protective barrier and was pretty much as good as useless. I chucked it in the medicine cupboard and forgot about it until recently when my husband cut himself chopping an onion.

      Pleased to get the chance to try this out on a human, I dug it out and followed the directions. Again, I felt that too much came out. It dried completely invisible so it was impossible to tell whether a barrier had been formed. The directions state that the seal should last for 2-3 days however hours later, after washing his hands a few times, my husband was peeling bits of gum from the area around his cut. In the end up, we dug out the traditional plasters and used these instead.

      Overall, I think that this is a great idea but this product just didn't work for us.

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      17.03.2013 11:02
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      Not as convenient as I thought!

      We bought this as a handy option to carry around and as something which could potentially provide immediate relief if one of the family cut themselves.

      Unfortunately I think we were just wanting to see how new technology worked and wanting to try something different. After using this for a while I've decided we should go back to old fashioned plasters, as I didn't enjoy using these at all.

      In essence the Elastoplast spray plaster should allow you to spray over an area with a cut or graze and it provides a transparent, breathable and flexible film over the graze, so it is a plaster but doesn't feel rigid and firm to the touch, but ensures your cut can't become infected. It seals out germs, water and dirt, so will stay firm in the bath or shower as well as in other areas.

      The plaster lasts a few days and eventually dissolves once it has protected your skin for the most difficult early days after a cut.

      The spray comes in a small silver and red canister which looks very attractive and can fit into a small bag or pocket easily enough.

      I have to say this product is useful for the most minor abrasion, but for a real cut it doesn't work so well. I have cut myself with a kitchen knife, sprayed this over the bleeding area and initially recoiled through the stinging pain of the spray before having to quickly wash my hands and start again as the plaster did little to stem the bleeding.

      Equally I have used this in the sea and local swimming baths and it doesn't stick in water as well as claimed, meaning I end up finding the plaster has disappeared shortly after leaving the water.
      This was an experiment that didn't work, a small pack of plasters is even more compact than this spray and I know they will protect a cut immediately, whilst it means I might also need to carry a cream like savlon or other antiseptic variety to protect from bacteria I feel much more confident that this would actually work, whilst I have no confidence in this product as too often it has ended up a as a plastic mess which I just couldn't wait to wash off.

      At £7 for 32ml this isn't cheap or decent value for money, its not something we will try again as we'll return to conventional plasters from now on. Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

      I want more from an expensive cutting edge product than the ability to treat minor abrasions, as I could easily do this with some cold water, I wanted something which did exactly what it said it could, unfortunately this looks nice as a product but isn't what I wanted.

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        20.05.2012 01:37
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        I'm not a convert, but it's okay.

        I usually buy traditional plasters, although as a nurse I am aware of spray coverings to wounds although I had never seen these outside of the clinical environment. I was intrigued as to how the Elastoplast Spray Plaster actually worked and so I purchased it really only for this purpose! The spray plaster comes in a stray can that contains 32mls of the spray plaster solution and this costs £6.65 from Boots. If you compare this to the price of normal plasters then it is really quite expensive and I felt it would have to be pretty good to actually be economically viable to choose this over traditional plasters. Apparently there is enough applications in this can to last for 40 applications, but obviously this is dependent on the area that you are spraying and I would have to say that this is quite a generous overestimation of the number of applications that this can would deliver.

        The idea is that this spray is sprayed onto an area that you would traditionally use a plaster on. Obviously it is intended for minor injuries and anything more major that requires skin closure techniques requires medical treatment, but in terms of just covering and protecting a minor wound then this is the what the product is for. Spraying the spray on is simple and it is delivered by a typical aerosol style nozzle that you direct onto the area where you want it by holding it about 10cm away from the wound. It is delivered in a fine mist, although if you get too close to the wound then it actually is wetter and it can drip and so it's important to have it a little way away from the area. When it is first put on, it is cold and so can feel like a little short, sharp shock to the system, but it doesn't sting or hurt and so it's even okay for young children. Once it is on, it is possible to see that it's slightly shiny and plasticky looking - but it's fairly subtle and it is certainly less unsightly than an Elastoplast plaster. Over time, the plastic coating dissolved, and if you were in the bath or swimming for a prolonged period of time then it dissolved quicker, but generally it would last for a few days.

        One of the negative points of this plaster is that the area needs to have stopped bleeding before the spray is applied, otherwise you just end up with a bit of a mess. The other point, particularly if this is being used on children, is that often children are "better" and less upset once the plaster has been applied and they can't see the cut or graze anymore. With this product the plaster seal is transparent and so the child can continually see the wound and so seems to remain more upset for longer. Having said that, a major advantage is that it seals the whole area while remaining breathable - whereas often plasters do not provide an all round seal and allow the wound area to breath. There is also no pain in removing the plaster and so there is no ripping the plaster from the skin and holding your breath as you do so!

        I don't think I'm a convert really with this product. Maybe if it comes down in price then I might consider buying it again in the past, but I just don't think it's worth the extra pennies as it really does the same job.

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          22.12.2010 18:28
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          An excellent product for both adults and children alike

          I recently cut the top of my finger with a sharp knife, not badly but enough to need a plaster for a few days. The cut was in an awkward place and I found it impossible to keep a plaster on it all the while. One of my colleagues recommended I give Spray Plaster a try. As I was going through plasters like they were going out of fashion I took her advise and popped to Tesco in my lunch break.


          I bought a can of Elastoplast Spray Plaster, it wasn't cheap! It cost £6.20 for a small 30g can, but if it stayed in place I thought it would be worth it.
          The can comes in a cardboard sleeve which is navy blue and red, it has Elastoplast written across the top. It claims to give "instant action against bacteria". The front of the packaging also tells us that it is waterproof, transparent and the small can contains 50 applications.

          The back of the package gives the directions for use, very easy just clean and dry the wound then hold the can 5 - 10 cm's from the wound an spray a light coating covering the wound. It also gives some cautions:-
          Do not use on the face
          Avoid contact with eyes and mucus membranes
          Do not use on infected, deep or secreting wounds
          Do not inhale the spray.

          The can is mainly silver with a small clear plastic pull of lid and contains the same information as the packaging.

          When I got back to work I washed and dries the cut as instructed and sprayed the Elastoplast on the wound. Now this is much easier said than done. When I tried to press the nozzle to spray I really struggled. The nozzle is so hard to press! I'm not weak but it really took all my strength to actually get some liquid out.

          When I finally got the spray to work the liquid gave a nice thin coating over my finger. Its totally clear and smells very strongly of glue( evostick my Mum informs me). The spray plaster dried very quickly and gave a slightly shiny appearance to my skin. Not obvious though, you would have to look hard to spot it. It did feel very slightly rubbery for a minuet or 2 but this soon wore off.

          The plaster acts like a second skin, its waterproof and breathable and its brilliant! I could do my work without the plaster coming of and getting stuck to the keyboard all the time. I could wash my hands (something I do a lot, I'm diabetic and with testing my blood and injections I need to keep them really clean) The waterproof plaster is fantastic. I really forgot it was there. There's nothing more annoying than having to keep putting a new plaster on every time you get your hands wet.
          As promised the spray plaster gradually wore off and by this time my cut had healed.

          I rally like this product, it has one small fault and that's the spray button on top being so hard to press. I wondered if this was some sort of child proofing because I doubt very much any small child would be able to press this. It would be difficult for those with hand problems too. My Mum has Lupus and would never manage to press this. But this aside the spray plaster is excellent. Its ideal for adults and children. It can be sprayed in awkward places. It keeps the wound clean nd dry.
          Being invisible is another bonus for me, I'm a qualified manicurist and take pride in my nails and hands, as do a lot of us girls, so I hate plasters round fingers. This product eliminates the need for this.

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            01.07.2010 17:59
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            For those that hate traditional plasters, this is the ideal solution for you.

            The Elastoplast Spray Plaster offers an ideal solution for a quick way to seal small cuts without needing to use regular plasters.

            If, like me, you're sick and tired of using the same old fabric/plastic plasters, this will be ideal. The problem I find is that regular plasters simply don't last. Just washing hands is enough to weaken them and mean they have to be regularly replaced. Even the waterproof ones appear to fail miserably, and I became incredibly irritated with them. When you add to this the fact that they are hardly ever 'breathable', using regular plasters can be a real chore.

            I therefore decided to try something new in this Spray Plaster can, and have been pleased with the results. To use it, you simply spray the can on the cut and a plastic-like, protective and invisible layer forms over it. I've been most impressed with its flexibility, that's to say it has worked well on areas on which traditional plasters are awkward to put on (such as on the elbow). You are strongly advised against applying on the face or near ears/eyes, according to the can.

            On small cuts, like a graze on the knee or on your hand, it is ideal for keeping out bacteria and dirt. Recently, whilst cutting some vegetables, my brain opted to cut my finger instead (I'm sure some of you will recognise the situation!) so I needed a quick plaster solution to keep it free of infection. I simply rinsed the cut, quelled the bleeding with a napkin and then sprayed the plaster on it. It stung for around 10 seconds, as I expected from the can's instructions, but after that a clear protective film enveloped the cut. I was washing my hands regularly through the cooking process and was happy to see it remained wholly intact. What's more, it's so unobtrusive that you'll forget it's even there.

            In terms of healing time, I noticed that my cut healed a lot more quickly than when I'd previously used regular plasters. I guess the reduced hassle in not having to constantly change plasters worked to the can's advantage and sealed it quicker than conventional fabric plasters. It's waterproof structure also meant it was more resistant, so it lasted even until after my cut had fully healed. It really is a very neat product.

            Sadly, it'll cost you. You could call it compact (and it is at only 32.5ml) but at £3+ it's unfortunately very expensive for what it is. Unless traditional plasters really annoy you, it is therefore probably more cost-effective to just use normal plasters instead, despite the obvious benefits of this product.

            The ingredients according to the can are as follows: Poly(methylacrylate-isobutene-monoisopropylmaleate), ethyl acetate, pentane, menthol, carbon dioxide. No active ingredients are stated on the can.

            Summary

            Does exactly what is says on the tin, and does it well, but buying a can will set you back quite a bit of cash for what it offers.

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              16.04.2010 10:57
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              good product and value

              We all use plasters at sometime or other in our lives and they can be a little bit of a nuisance when they keep falling off fingers etc and we have to keep replacing them constantly.

              I like everyone have a medicine chest and it is usually stocked with lots of plasters and I also carry a few in my handbag for those little emergencies outdoors.

              I was on my holidays last year and my hubby cut his finger on a doorway and the plasters kept falling off his finger and the cut was quite big and sore and so he had to keep replacing the covering and we popped into a supermarket to see if there had anything better to use and we found this delightful little product.

              It comes in a nice small little silver and red canister with clear top and it has a spray nozzle and when sprayed onto the wound or cut it has a clear liquid that has a strong smell and it is tacky until it dries and it leaves a clear thin film over the wound and it keeps it nice and clean, just in the same way as a plaster but without the dressing.

              It is absolutely brilliant and all that is needed is for you to clean the affect area before applying the product, hold the can 5 to 10cm away from the wound and spray a light coating and leave to completely dry.

              After a few days it gradually disappears and then can be re applied if necessary and it does last a couple of days and you can place your hands in water and it is still fine but my hubby did re apply it after he washed and that was because he felt it probably needed a top up and it was then perfectly fine as before.

              The skin can breathe and the and it is transparent on the skin, which is better than looking at a ugly plaster, especially if you are at work.

              It is not to be used on very deep wounds and infected areas as it can cause an irritation.

              For a 32ml can it cost around £5.97 or even cheaper, depending where it is bought but it is well worth the money and it contains at least

              It is a must in my household now and for keeping out water and the healing process, I recommend it to anyone to try, especially if you have children as they are always falling and have lots of cuts and grazes.

              I give it 5 stars.

              Thank you for reading my review.

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                18.01.2010 12:35
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                a great product for small cuts and grazes

                I'm a bit of a sucker for new innovative products, and when I saw this spray plaster on one of my many small- child induced trips to the first aid section, I was intrigued. It seemed very Space Age. I didn't buy any for a while, as at around £6 it seemed a lot to pay for a small 32ml can. As the product's name would suggest the can contains a product that contains a protective film that you spray onto wounds, it dissolves over time.

                In a rash supermarket spending moment I finally took the plunge and bought some of this to go on holiday, and having used it now for a couple of months I have to say I am actually converted and think that this product is a great invention.

                The spray on plaster comes in a small can which is about 10cms high. They've updated the packaging to indicate that there is enough in this can for 50 applications, we haven't quite reached this figure but I have used this a fair amount and the can still seems fairly full - a little goes a long way.

                The spray plaster is designed to be used on minor cuts and grazes, and according to the manufacturer should not be used near the eye, nose or mouth, for obvious reasons. More information about the safe use of this product is available on the packaging, and I will also post a link at the bottom of this review, but from my experience this plaster is ideal for grazed knees or cut fingers. You shouldn't spray it on to a cut that is bleeding heavily, and should apply after you have applied pressure to ease bleeding.

                When you spray the plaster, it does smell quite plasticky; it reminds me of nail varnish and verrucca paint mixed together, hardly pleasant but not overpoweringly smelly, and thankfully odourless once dry! It is easy to use, and the nozzle makes it easy to direct onto wounds, even those of wiggling children. I find when you spray on the plaster it does sting quite a lot for about 30 seconds, (the can says it might sting for a few seconds, I believe it to be a little longer). The stinging is presumably due to one of the components of this product, it's not painful particularly but you can certainly notice it. After you have sprayed it on it covers a wound with a very thin film that you can not really see with the naked eye, apart from as a slight sheen. It dries fairly quickly, I would say in under a minute. Once dry it's not like a peelable face pack that you can peel off, as I had imagined - though if you did need to remove it, it should dissolve with alchohol wipes. It is sort of like having a new layer of thin artificial skin, which I guess is the point.

                Compared to using a normal plaster, this is quicker and easier. The can fits nicely into my handbag for emergency use, and it is good to know that the spray plaster is breathable. I generally apply it having cleaned the wound with water or a wipe.

                Recently I cut my thumb and found that a normal plaster was a bit of a hindrance to everyday tasks, such as peeling potatoes and dressing my children. I found that this spray plaster was great on what was a minor niggly cut and after use I could forget that I had a cut thumb at all and just get on as normal. The plaster stayed on through washing up and the usual mundane everyday tasks, and by the time it dissolved my cut was healed. This can is ideal too for those very minor wounds that children get, I find kids are quite comforted by the idea of a plaster as they think it makes them better, so just a small squirt of this, or even actually a small pretend squirt if I deem the wound to be microscopic, seems to be enough.

                This item might seem expensive, in fact about twice the price of normal adhesive plasters by my calculations, your can currently buy 40 normal plasters for about £2.50, but I think it is worth it. Prior to having this we used to get through a silly amount of traditional plasters, so careful use of this might actually be cheaper in the long run. Highly recommended.


                Ingredients as per the can: Acrylic coploymer, ethyl acetate,pentane, menthol, carbon dioxide. Normal precautions for aerosols apply - there is a very scary "highly flammable" label.


                More information here:
                http://www.elastoplast.co.uk/first-aid-advice/faq/spray-plaster.html

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                  05.05.2009 21:11
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                  spray plaster that keeps out the nasties

                  I have only ever used a tin of the elastoplast spray plaster and that was to try it out. Im quite an accident prone person and spend alot of time using plasters which not only are a little annoying but can be quite cross contaminating in my line of work. In anycase i thought that i would give this a whirl, I bought the spray plaster at an local pharmacist for about 4 -5 pounds which I thought was great value if I got lots of applications out of it. On my first attempt at using the spray I found that when I sprayed it on my cut it felt cold and stung for a while in the generalised area of application. It took a good minute for the plaster to dry and although it covered the cut but it also covered my whole hand which in turn made my hand feel like it had white school glue on it. However it didnt crack when i moved my hand so that was rather a positive thing. I have tried on may different occassions different ways to spray on the plaster but if I do it at the recommended length then the spray goes every where and if I spray it closer it then makes a little bubble over the cut which is still effective but more easily pickable. In general I would use this product more often but the can is a little bulky to put in a handbag and if you use it often the nozzle gets a little gummed up which in less you remember religiously to clean the nozzle the one time that you need it is the one time that you are picking the gluey plaster off the hole.

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                  I wouldn't recommend

                  Ok I'm going to confess I haven't actually ever bought this item, I spraed it on one night in Tesco to see how it worked. I sprayed it on a slight cut on my hand and regreted it as soon as I sprayed it.

                  The smell was absolutely awful, it smelt like those fabric plasters mixed with burning plastic. The smell did really make me gag and I don't usually mind anything like this as I love the smell of fabric plasters.

                  It is quite discreet though as it is see through and meant to be quite flexible, but to me it felt like I had super glue stuck on my hand and looked like it as well.

                  So wandering round the store with my partner giggling at me for being so "daft" as he says I really struggled to get this off my hand. It left a red rash like mark all the way round it as well. I thought once I got home itd be ok as I could just scrub it off and it would be ok. The 40mile drive back home was bad the smell was unbelievable and I ended up having to have my window slightly open to get rid of the smell.

                  Once home I went straight to the bathroom and put soap and hot water on and started to scrub....10mins later I was still scrubbing, it wouldn't come off at all. So I then tried this stuff that takes oil and other stains of your hands (partner has it for when he's been working on the car!) Still no luck!! 3 days later it finally started to come off after I rubbed it and scratched it at every opportunity, by this point the cut under the plaster was a lot worse than when I put the spray plaster on.

                  The good thing about this is it really does keep the water out of your cut which is a good thing if you dont suffer from a rash like I did from it (and you can handle the smell!)

                  I did manage to notice the price, it was for sale in Tesco for £5.69 for a 32ml bottle. It is quite expensive for the spray but it does state that it'll do up to 50 applications. It does also say that is skin friendly which is suitable for all skin types, but it certainly didn't agree with my skin.

                  Overall I definately wouldn't buy it. It smells awful, it feels strange and takes days to disappear. It's also very expensive for what it is I would rather buy plasters and put up with them rather than put up with the spray plaster.

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                    Love it!

                    I bought this because I was getting annoyed at plasters that always come off and I wanted something that would cover and protect the cuts on my hands whilst I was working. It cost around £5 for a little 32.5ml spray can.

                    The can is silver with a blue plastic lid that pulls off. The plaster is basically a liquid that you spray onto any cuts or grazes and it's supposed to seal out dirt and water. You just spray it on and leave it to dry for a minute, and it forms a light film over the skin.

                    You can see it on the skin where you've sprayed it, it looks a little shiny, but it's not really obvious, and you can't find an edge to it so it's not like it wwould peel off. It feels ok on the skin, you can just sometimes feel that it's pulling the skin slightly tight if you move whatever body part you've put it on. Other than that you can barely tell it's there.

                    It smells pretty strong and chemically when you first spray it, but once it's dried I can't notice the smell. It doesn't sting the cut when you spray it on either as I was expecting it would.

                    I think this does a really good job of keeping everything out of the cut, I've never had any instances of using it and finding it hasn't been effective or it's come off or worn away, it always does it's job. It says on the can that it stays on for 2 days and is waterproof, but I didn't find this to be true. It does come off with water, and it wears away after about 12 hours.

                    It's a brilliant replacement for regular plasters which are such a pain when they don't stick properly or they keep on coming off, this does away with all that hassle altogether. It also lasts ages as you don't need to use a lot each time.

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                      a great alternative to sticking plasters!

                      Plasters are a must have in any house and with two little girls who are quite prone to tripping over and gaining the odd cut they are an absolute necessity for us. However, although I have nothing against them in principle, with the normal type of sticky plaster which we are all used to, there comes a number of problems.

                      Firstly, sometimes they do not stay on long enough. It's really annoying when a plaster starts to come away from the cut and flaps all over the place, especially if you are out somewhere and can't immediately replace it. It's irritating and it's also no longer protecting the wound. Also, it doesn't take long for a plaster on a child's finger or knee to start becoming very dirty and you get the feeling that it's not really very hygenic at all. Thirdly, if a plaster does keep it's stickiness and stays on, you then have the problem of getting it off! Both my daughters have a strong aversion to me trying to do this, and it often ends in tears if not tantrums! We all know that the removal of a well stuck on plaster can be incredibly painful, and it seems even more so if you are a small child!
                      Because of the above reasons, I was very interested when my husband came home one day with an elastoplast spray plaster. We hadn't heard of this before, but he had just happened to see it on a shelf and thought it might be very useful to have - and he was right!

                      You can use the spray plaster in most cases where you would use a normal plaster previously. You simply spray it on to the cut or graze and within seconds it seals itself over the wound and foms a very flexible breathable film which is transparent so you do not see any unsightly plaster.
                      It comes in a small cannister, and once you have cleaned the wound, you hold this about 6 - 10 cm away and spray. It is not an unpleasant sensation at all and is not cold but it does smell very strongly and reminds you of a very strong glue. This smell disappears within seconds though so it's really not a problem. You have to be a littlecareful until it dries but this is less than a minute before you can get on with whatever you want to be doing. I did actually cut my foot on some broken glass very soon after we got this and I was amazed at how well it worked. Once the plaster has dried you cannot feel it at all, although you can see a very slight film on your skin.

                      I think the Elastoplast Spray plaster has a number of advantages. Firstly , it's great for if you get a cut in one of those awkward places, like in between your fingers or toes or on the elbow. It does stay on very well. It seems much more hygenic and you don't have to worry about it getting dirty. You can just wash yourself as usual including the place where the plaster is. It looks so much nicer than sticking plasters which never look great at the best of times, but look dreadful after a day or two. You just don't notice the spray on one at all. Also, you don't have any of the problems with getting it off - it simply disappears within a couple of days.
                      I really am pleased we discovered this product and we have used it a lot. However, I would not be without a conventional packet of plasters in the house as well, as the spray is not suitable for deep cuts, nor will it soften the discomfort of a really painful blister. It's also quite expensive as it's selling in Sainsburys at the moment at £6.19 per can which is 32.5ml. It's difficult to say how this will work out in the long run compared to traditional plasters but as it's a good product I don't mind spending a little bit more. We've had ours quite a few months now and it's had numerous uses and doesn't show any signs of running out yet.

                      Overall I would definitely recommend this product especially if you have young children who hate having plasters removed! If you want to find out more you can visit the elastoplast website at
                      www.elastoplast.co.uk

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                        Very handy fo first aid box, handbags or car glove compartments

                        Give me a kitchen and a knife and yes, your guaranteed to find a cut somewhere on my hand. Plasters are a norm for me but I do find them getting in the way quite a bit of the time and when cooking, I am worried about the amount of germs that the good old plaster can harbour. Always on hand in my medicine cupboard would be a small bottle of Germoline New Skin. Stings like hell when you put it on but still. Not any more though now, I have found Elastoplast Spray Plaster.

                        Elastoplast are well known for making plasters and recently when walking around my local Tesco on my regular weekly shopping trip I spotted this great little addition to my first aid kit.

                        The Plaster comes in a small aerosol can, yes a small can. The can size is 10cm tall including the lid x 31/2 cm (handbag size). The can is made of metal, (recyclable) silver in colour with a dark blue lid. It has 32.5 ml of sprayable plaster, is suitable for about 50 sprays and the can lasts about 2 years before going out of date.

                        Instructions for use

                        Hold the can about 5 - 10 cm away from the cut and spray onto the cut. The spray feels cold on the skin and stings very slightly on the cut but this goes away quite quickly. I have just sprayed some onto the tip of my finger as a test while writing this review. The covering takes about 1 minute to dry and forms a clear skin like cover over the skin. Looking at my fingertip now, the transparent covering on my my skin is shiny where the plaster is, completely dry and unobtrusive unlike the standard plasters in a box. The transparent covering is flexible so it is ideal for use on joints, breathable allowing your cut to dry out and heal quicker and water resistant and will keep dirt and bacteria out of you cut, minimising the chances of getting any infection in the cut. I have just stuck my finger in my mouth and the film has no flavour and is still in tact. The film lasts on the skin for about two days then gradually wears off.

                        Ingredients

                        Now I know some people have said in the past, in my reviews, that there is no need to list the ingredients in a product unless you know it can cause an allergic reaction so I wont bother but it has a total of 5 ingredients. I have a allergic reaction to the sticky stuff of some types of plasters however this never caused me any problems because there is no adhesive in it.

                        Cautions mentioned on the can

                        Do not use on the face. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Do not use on infected, deep or secreting wounds or burns. If irritation develops discontinue use. Do not inhale the spray (Solvent abuse can kill instantly). Keep out of reach of children.

                        My Experience

                        I recently cut the tip of my finger, yes, in the kitchen using a knife, cleaned the blood off and stuck a plaster on it. Looked a few minutes later and the blood was seeping through the plaster. I then remembered my recent purchase and searched through the cupboard until I found the can. Took the plaster off, wiped the blood from the cut once again and sprayed some contents of the can onto my finger. After one minute the film was dry and the cut had stopped bleeding, ensuring I was able to carry on preparing dinner without the added ingredient of blood. Washed my hands a few times and still the film stayed in place. In fact I completely forgot that I had cut myself. A few showers later and I noticed a little scratch on my finger and realised that that was where I had cut myself a few days ago. It had healed up perfectly.

                        My opinion

                        This is quick and easy to use. With the film being breathable the cut can heal quicker and no soggy areas where a plaster has been. These is also no problem struggling to remove a plaster and the sticky residue left from the adhesive.

                        With the can being so small it is ideal to keep in a handbag or the glove compartment of your car. You have always then got some plaster with you. It is suitable for use on all the family, so would be very convenient if you have small children and you are out for a walk or at the park.

                        One thing I did find is that the lid is not easy to remove single handed but this is good as if a child gets hold of the tin they will not be able to remove the lid.

                        Price and availability

                        It is available for sale in the supermarkets for around £6.19. It is normally £5.99 in Boots but is currently on offer at £4.79.

                        More reading on this product or any other Elastoplast products can be found at www.elastoplast.net.

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                      • Product Details

                        Seals out water, dirt and bacteria / Transparent, breathable and flexible film acts like a second skin.