We will always need plasters for those little accidents we have around the house. I decided to try the Savlon advanced plasters as they advertised that they would speed up the healing process. I hate wearing plasters and I hate having annoying little cuts on my fingers so anything that stated that they would make the skin heal quicker is worth a try in my eyes. They were not that much more expensive than regular plasters so I thought I'd give them a go.
==Price and availability==
The packet of plasters contains 20 plasters and costs around £1.60.
These plasters look a little different from regular ones and are made from a slightly different fabric. They are designed to speed up healing time by creating an ideal balance of air and moisture. The pad is thick and cushioning and contains a special ingredient that stops bleeding fast, and controls further bleeding. (Although the size of these plasters means that they not not suitable from large wounds anyway) They are hypo-allergenic, this means that they are suitable for people with sensitive skin.
I did not really find that these plasters have not healed my skin any quicker, nor have I found that they stopped bleeding any quicker. A tiny cut on the hand is only going to bleed for a certain length of tie anyway. What I did notice about the plasters though is that they were really sticky and lasted much longer than regular palsters. I even find that wash proof plasters tend to come off in a few hours but these managed to last days! The plasters peeled off without any nasty white residue. I do not think that they allowed my skin to breath as much as I expected them to as when the plaster came off I still had white soft air-starved skin.
So to finish I would like to say that although I did not have any negative experiences with the plasters I do not really see them living up to their outlandish comments. They are just plain out beige plasters but made from a more stretchy fabric.
Savlon is a well known brand and so I chose these plasters based in this but mainly because they are BREATHABLE. I find that if you have a basic plaster on your finger, it makes the skin sweat underneath, and when you take the plaster off, your finger is kind of smelly even after a day of wearing. These ones are water resistant and don't hold water and dry quickly. They let your skin breathe underneath. I cut the top of my thumb badly the other day when using a sharp knife to cut an onion. I put one of these on and it stretched nicely aroung the area to fit well, and the special pad stopped the bleeding fast. I have found with other plasters that when the injury is in your finger or thumb, they sit awkwardly and don't seal around the wound. Even though it is stretchy, it doesn't leave that stickyness that material plasters do. Eugh. Negatives - you only get 10 in a box - 6 of the standard plaster size and 4 slightly larger ones, but they are currently on offer in Boots at 93p.
Today I did some cleaning in the bathroom, found a box of these, and remembered the stress and upset they had cause me. I got a small sample box of these of a website as freebie back in the summer. I used them myself and found them very good. There was a variety of sizes they stuck well. They covered my wound nicely and did not fall off when I did the washing up.
Overall, I was happy that these plasters did the job until my daughter had a small graze on her leg and I put one on to keep her happy. The graze had been bleeding a tiny bit so to keep the peace I stuck one of these new advanced savlon plasters on. Again stuck on fine. My daughter had used savlon before so I thought nothing of using these plasters.
The following day she complained that the leg was itchy under the plaster. I washed the plaster off because they stick on quite well and she would not let me rip it off. In the bath, the plaster came off easily. Underneath was a small graze but the rest of the skin when the soft white material had been was raised as if she had been bitten. I left the area to get some air for the day. My daughter complained of itching and that it was hurting all day. In the afternoon, she started complaining about the other leg, which was strange as there had been nothing wrong with it. I pulled up her trouser leg and there was a raised area that looked like a bite in the same place as the mark on the other leg. I left both her legs with nothing on them over night to see if that helped. She woke up several times in the night upset and crying because it was itchy.
The following day the makes on her legs had doubled in size and were red and weeping liquid. I took her straight to the doctors and explained about the graze etc. He asked what I had put on there and I said just a plaster. He questioned me further about the plaster. "Has your daughter worn plasters before?" I answered yes she has worn loads of plasters in the past. The he told me that she had an allergic reaction to the plaster and it had caused her body to react badly.
He gave her an injection which she screamed the surgery down having and told me to keep the wound uncovered wash it with warm water and give her puritan for a week. He advised me not to use plasters on her again or to buy lint plasters for her. He told me to inform family and her school and to make sure she did not wear any plasters again.
Therefore, my daughter is allergic to Savlon plasters. It maybe that there is something different in them than other plasters or it may be that the allergy just appeared we haven't put plasters on her since and I don't intend to test out other plaster or these again just incase. However, as I said I found these plasters fine they stuck well and covered my cut. I am not sure how much they cost, as mine were a freebie.
It is worth being aware though that these plasters could contain something extra that might cause an allergic reaction. It might also be worth avoiding these for children just incase.
I trully trust Savlon brand for all their first aid products. I have been using their antiseptic solution for a very long time. They produce some of the most sophistcated products in great easy to use packaging.
These advances plasters are advanced indeed in every way possible. A few days ago while playing with my son who demands new things to play with every couple of minutes, I had a terrible accident. I was offering a care kit to my son to play with and there were several items in the kit that was securely closed. By accident I opened the kit and the shaver that was sitting in the kit cut the top of my index finger with it's blade with great force and the cut went deep inside the flesh. I almost screamed. I did not want my son to get scared at any cost. I promptly went to fetch the Savlon plasters that I had recently bought (Thank God!!!) and after applying a little Savlon solution to the wound covered it with the plaster. Since doing that my finger never got wet even while I ran water on it. The healing process sped up becasue the thin hols let air pas through the plaster. Within a week my finger was good to go and I started typing just as before.
I am sure if I had used any other plaster, the healing would have taken much longer.
I had a nasty accident the other and although there is not much to look at, my finger is very painful. I dropped a petal sheet on my finger and the side of it sheered off the top of the finger nail and left it literally hanging on the end of my finger.
My first reaction was to pull the whole thing off but it was too painful. I used an ordinary plaster of no particular brand that I found in my first aid box.
Every time it touched anything the adhesive became less effective and the plaster worked lose. This was very painful because as it moved, so did the nail.
Every time I got my hands wet, or tried to type on my keyboard the whole thing moved around, rubbing and putting pressure on the injury. My finger also itched under the plaster.
I was more worried about infection than anything else .
So, when I saw the Savlon Advanced plasters in our local chemist I decided to give them a try. They cost me about £2.50 if my memory serves me correctly and I did think they were quite expensive for plasters.
However it said on the packaging that they aid healing because they let air and moisture in and out, so creating the right environment for wounds to heal.
They are also anti allergenic so the problem of itching shouldn't arise. The blurb on the pack also says that these are very 'adhesive' and waterproof.
They did stand up to the test quite well because the end of an index finger is continually used and there was constant movement of the joint just below the plaster.
It didn't work lose the first time I washed my hands but when I tried to do it for a second time the plaster came unstuck.
There was no itching under the plaster and it did heal in a couple of days without ant infection. I have no idea whether the plaster increased the rate of healing but it may well have prevented any infection.
These plasters were certainly worth the money and I would buy them again although they are expensive.
I work in a laboratory, and I am required to wear gloves all day, when you have a small cut on your finger the gloves cause irritation, leading to a lengthy healing process, even in the smallest of cuts. Having an plaster covering small cuts is an absolute must, however, I have often found that as I have to wash my hands thoroughly several times during the working day, most plasters do not stand up well, and need replacing often. This new Savlon Advanced Plaster seemed to offer the ideal solution to my problem.
Unlike most 'waterproof' plasters, these are made from skin friendly breathable fabric, they combine stretchiness, adhesion and water-resistance. They are designed to speed up healing time by creating an ideal balance of air and moisture. The pad contains a special ingredient that stops bleeding fast, and controls further bleeding. They are hypo-allergenic, and therefore suitable for sensitive skin. They also claim to be amazingly adhesive without leaving a sticky residue.
So what did I think...
Well they do feel really good when in place, they are very thin and lightweight unlike most fabric plasters, and there sticking power is great, so much so, I had difficulty removing the first one! I am not convinced that they don't leave any residue though, as I found some sticky marks that did take some time to remove.
They're waterproof ability is also very good, although I found that with frequent washing of my hands removed they're waterproof abilities, however, in normal circumstances I think the waterproof ability is much better than any other plaster I have ever tried.
All in all I think they are excellent plasters, the most effective waterproof and lightweight plasters I have tried and suitable for all. In fact they are so lightweight you don't notice them on your skin, I was very impressed!
(c) Catw0man Feb 2008
A little blood can go a long way, and even a small cut can be distressing for young children. So be ready, with Savlon Advanced Plasters. They contain a special ingredient that can actually control further bleeding and, therefore speed up the start of the healing process.Like all Savlon plasters, Savlon Advanced are hypoallergenic, and because their breathable fabric lets the ideal amount of air and moisture in, they help the wound to heal naturally and protect it from the danger of infection.