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INTRODUCTION As I've said in other reviews, I have quite a few problems with my feet, one of which is that my big toenails and second toenails grow too wide and so grow into the soft skin surrounding them. Various podiatrists/chiropodists have suggested different treatments, from lifting and filling the nail with a special file, to wedging tiny pieces of cotton wool under the edge of the nail to train their growth (yes, that is as painful as it sounds!). However, one podiatrist suggested I strap the skin away from the nail with a special tape called Mefix. I've now been using it for five or six years. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION Mefix is a white-coloured self-adhesive tape usually used for keeping dressings in place. It's made of a polyester and acrylic fabric, woven into a soft, comfortable fibre, backed with adhesive and stuck to a waxy backing paper. The adhesive is super-sticky and lasts a long time. I've had a couple of showers whilst wearing Mefix and it hasn't come off. The adhesive has never caused a reaction with my sensitive skin either. The weave of the fabric makes it super-stretchy so it gives with your skin as you move and doesn't peel off very easily. Paradoxically, removing it is really easy and not at all painful. It lets your skin breathe and as long as skin is clean and dry at application, sweat doesn't make it come off either. The backing paper is well-made and is simply printed with the Mefix logo and product dimensions (more on this in a moment) in green. Every 10cm of product is marked with a little line, and the tape is scored along the centre line, so if a large piece is being used the backing paper can be peeled away more easily. The product comes in a roll packed inside a thin cardboard box, of the same type as many prescription tablets. Mefix doesn't tear; it has to be cut with scissors, but any old pair will do and it's easy to snip off the required amount. DIMENSIONS Mefix is sold in a wide variety of widths from 2.5cm x 5m to 30cm x 5m. I always purchase the 5cm x 10m roll. This costs around £6. AVAILABILITY Theoretically, Mefix is available from pharmacies, including Boots but I've always found it hard to get from stores and easier to purchase off the internet. A simple Google search brings up a wide variety of sellers who will deliver the product straight to my door. USER EXPERIENCE As I use Mefix to strap my toes I only use a tiny amount at a time. After showering I cut off a piece around 1cm wide from the roll giving me a piece 1cm x 5cm. I then cut this into 4 pieces. I then fold back the edge of the backing paper and stick the edge of the Mefix to the skin which meets my toenail. I then pull back on the tape very gently, sticking the whole piece down once the skin has been pulled away from my nail enough to relieve any pressure. It's a bit fiddly at first but now I'm used to it I find it only takes a few moments. Due to the nature of my weird nails the strapping I need to apply varies from day to day, but usually I strap the left side of the big toenail and second toenail on my right foot, and the right side of the big toenail and second toenail on my left foot. CONCLUSIONS Mefix is an excellent product with a wide variety of applications. I use it for a very specific reason but it's a product I wouldn't be without. When I go away on holiday I always take a length of Mefix with me as I know that extensive walking will aggravate my toes and make the nail cut into the skin more. I've had my current 10m roll of Mefix for about 2 years and still have a good third of the roll left. It's lasting me *ages* so I consider it to be an excellent investment as it stops my toes getting sore.
Mefix Self-adhesive fabric ; / Fixation for dressings, swabs, catheters and cannulae / Skin-friendly water-based, solvent free adhesive / Provides a gentle but secure fixation / Air permeable / Mefix can be used in a wide variety of situations where fixation is required including fixation of dressings, swabs, catheters and cannulae / It is ideal for fixation in areas such as the neck, elbows and knee / Mefix can easily be cut to the desired shape and size.