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Intro I got a new uniform when My New Company took over the vending contract, this also meant new shoes. I knew this would be a problem since I often get blisters when breaking in new shoes, so I waited until the last moment and the time my old safety shoes were on their last legs, if you forgive the pun. The new shoes were bulkier and a bit heavier which caused the blisters to be a more severe than usual so I had to find some sort of protection and cushion so I could continue to walk with the least pain possible. Steroplast Steroplast is not a brand I am familiar with although I have used their fabric plasters in the past at a very reasonable price too. So when I spied the blister cushion plasters I though they might well be worth a try and especially since they were reduced to £1 instead of the normal £2 odds. The blue clear plasters and or appear on the surface to be glorified plasters with a little cushion to ease the pain. On closer inspection however you can see that the cushion of a gel and this gel is treated so that it can ease the pain whilst also cushioning the blister. It is for this reason that they are also advised for use with bunions. The gel draws the liquid from the blister and treats the open area to aid in the healing, all high tech for a simple plaster. So I tried on my big toe, which had been rubbing on the new shoe and was just getting a small blister. It was quite a cooling and therapeutic feeling when the plaster went on and I took this as a very positive sign, which indeed it did turn out to be. There are only 4 plasters in the small blue box, which houses them. They stay on well and the adhesive seems to be most effective, as does the medication, which is in the gel, I'm not saying I got instant relief but within a short time I could certainly feel a difference. They do have quite a few types of plasters in the range and the fabric plaster strip is the other one I often frequent. It's of the usual skin tone colour and is quite a bit stretchy so it can be fitted to some awkward areas without much of a problem. It comes in a half metre strip and can be cut to the desired size. It is about 3 -4 inches wide, and has the customary antiseptic strip running through the middle. Summary The blister also appeared to heal quicker than with previous treatments and efforts so it was another big thumbs up for a treatment. On removing the plaster however there was quite a nasty looking lot of stuff stuck to the cushioning bit and I have never noticed that on a blister before, so I'm guessing that the good stuff in the gel had killed any bacteria and this was the residue, anyway I wasn't particularly bothered since the product had worked and I still had two left for my next new pair of shoes.
I was moving the rabbit run out the other day so I could put Archie and Holly out to play, when the handle broke at one end catching my finger taking a chunk of skin out with it. Of course we didn't have any plasters in the house so after running my hand under water for a while and holding some kitchen towel to the wound I took a walk to the local knick knack shop. They had a few boxes of plasters to choose from, as I don't like the plastic waterproof ones I ignored these and looked at the fabric ones. There was some Elastoplast ones for £1.99 or these Steriplast ones for £0.59 for a box of 16 assorted sizes. For 59 pence I wasn't expecting a lot but I wasn't prepared to pay nearly £2 so I bought the cheaper ones. The box contains sixteen various sized plasters, four measuring 19 x 72mm, eight which measure 19 x 57mm and four circular ones which measure 24mm diameter. Each size comes in a paper wrapper on a strip and you tear off one of the plasters when needed. The plasters open in the same way as all other plasters I have seen where you peel one end of the wrapper open, then you peel off the plastic backing of the plaster. You can take off the backing in such a way so that the wound pad of the plaster doesn't need to be touched when you are applying it so that it is kept sterile. When I opened one of the plasters I noticed that the colour of the fabric is a lot darker than other plasters I have seen. They are not very discreet, and could probably be described as a bit garish. The cut I have is right on the joint between my finger and the palm of my hand so somewhere really awkward especially as it's my right hand and I'm right handed. I was expecting to have to replace the plasters regularly despite the box saying the plasters had extra sticking power. So I was especially surprised when not only did they stay put when I was driving and doing housework, but the plaster also survived numerous hand washes, a couple of showers and a few rounds of washing up. The packet advises that the plaster should be replaced daily for best results but I found that it didn't need changing for three days. I'm really pleased with these plasters for a bargainous 59 p I'll be keeping a packet in the bathroom cabinet in the future.
Steroplast / 16 Fabric Assorted Plasters, Superior adhesive stays on longer.