“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Plaster / Dosage Form: Strips „
'''~ Purchase ~'''
Whilst shopping in Tesco last weekend I came across these dressing strips. I was going to buy the large adhesive dressings but they were over a pound more expensive so I decided to buy these instead. They were so cheap that I ended up buying three packs of them!
'''~ Price ~'''
I paid 59 pence per pack and each pack contains ten dressing strips. I thought at the time that this was excellent value but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for and although these are cheap they're not good value as they don't do what they should.
'''~ Packaging ~'''
The dressings come in a simple white cardboard box which can be recycled. The box isn't too bulky but not too small either and it is neat enough to fit in my first aid box. The box is not very bright or eye catching and it simply has green writing on the front of it and pictures of first aid essentials all over it like scissors, a first aid box etc. the back of the box has directions for use etc.
'''~ The Strips ~'''
Inside the box there are ten dressing strips which just look like large plasters. Each strip is 10cm long and 6cm wide. The strips are the usual plaster fabric and a peachy beige shade of colour. The material is quite thin and one thing that annoyed me was that the edges were quite upturned and bent on all of mine, I'm not sure if this is down to how they were packaged or what.
On the back of the fabric side there's two thin white pieces of paper which peel off. The dressing is sticky on both sides with a white strip of a foamy cotton type material in the middle, which is the part which needs to be placed over the wound/cut/burn/scratch or whatever you need to keep covered up.
This isn't very thick so if you have a wound which is bleeding or weeping you will need to change the dressing strips regularly as because it is quite thin it is not very absorbent.
'''~ In Use/My Opinion ~'''
As I said above I bought three boxes of these and have given away two of them. I've kept one purely to use in case I run out of the other dressings that I've bought but I will likely give them away or bin them at some point. The dressings are a good size but the foamy pad down the middle isn't as big as I'd have liked and the shape means that it can only cover small, neat wounds.
I have a huge burn on my leg just under my knee at the minute where I walked into the oven door because I forgot I'd opened it and the foamy part of the dressing is straight so it can only cover half of the burn so I had to buy some different ones. I have tried using the dressings on a cut I've got on the inside of one of my arms but I couldn't get it to stick down.
I held it in place for about 30 seconds as well but as soon as I let go and moved my arm the dressing became unstuck on one side and then wouldn't stick back down so clearly the adhesive isn't very strong. I have read a couple of reviews on here saying how strong the adhesive is so I thinks hat tesco must have changed the product somehow as the adhesive is far too weak.
The dressings have not caused an allergic reaction on my sensitive skin but this is probably purely because I've only had them on my skin for such short period of time before they fall off. It's a shame these aren't any good because they're so cheap and even though I only spent a small amount of money in them I still feel I've wasted my money.
Another thing is that these can be cut to size but if you did so you would need to secure one side with some adhesive tape because the adhesive part is only on two sides and if it was cut to size theme would be four sides, so again the design isn't very practical and not as good value as it first appears.
'''~ All in All ~'''
I wouldn't recommend these dressing strips and I will not be buying them again.
=Tesco Everyday Value Dressing Strip=
I am sure one of my kitchen draws wants to be a first aid draw the amount of items we keep in there, I always work on the basis, you never know when you need them.
I managed to come back from holiday with a crack on my heel, which is in a position that I need to keep it creamed up and a plaster on, so knowing I would be going through a few plasters, I popped a box of this Value Dressing strip into the shopping trolley.
=Tesco Own Brand=
This is available in store and online, and for the sum of 28p you get a set of 10 strips of fabric plaster.
Each strip is 10cm x 6cm.
The plaster strips come in a box, I was surprised as this was not the typical value covering but , this is simply decorated, but we are sown pictures of scissors, medical bottle etc, on the front of the box, on the reverse includes how to use, and the contact information for the manufacturer.
What I like about a strip plaster is that you can cut off as much or as little as you need, and with a crack on the heel, this gives me the flexability to get the right size.
The plasters are not water proof, so I do end up changing them on a daily basis after a shower, but that is fine as I like to add more cream to the crack to help it heal, so under that principle a water proof would be no good.
The plasters have a comfortable padding, in the middle, the sides are quite strong for a value plaster.
They are comfortable to wear.
=Easy to Remove=
They are simple to remove and don't leave any sticky patches behind.
A great value plaster and one I would highly recommend.
Just recently I had a really horrible, nasty accident. I won't go into too much details about it at this time of the morning but I was using a very sharp knife and I went through one side of my finger right through to the other. I ended up passing out, bleeding all over the place in agony and eventually I had to go to the hospital to have stitches and I was very lucky to have not chopped my finger off!
This accident made me realise that in my medicine cabinet I should have a few essentials. I'm not accident prone so I've never really had a bandage or some plasters in however I was lucky cos lurking in the back of my medicine cabinet there were a few bits and pieces to help me and my injury get by but nothing major so I knew that it was time to replace my lovely toiletries sat in my cabinet with more sensible things!
So off I popped to Tesco with my Stepdad in tow, him pleased that I was getting a proper first aid kit together tries to boss me about into what I need. Me, I wanted a basic and cheap little kit not a second mortgage thanks to Elastoplast prices thank you very much! Eventually I opted for these Tesco Value plasters and they only cost me 28p (much to Stepdads disgust and rambling that they'd be totally rubbish and weren't worth buying lol!).
These come in a white coloured box and on the front of it in aqua green and dark green writing we are clearly told that they are Tesco Everyday Value 10 Fabric Adhesive Dressing Strips and that they measure 10cm x 6cm and there are little pictures shown of scissors, medical bottles and the likes then on the back of the box other information listed includes contact details for the manufacturer. Cheap looking but informative enough packaging this is to be fair to it.
What you get is ten large beigy/brown coloured pieces of plaster, backed onto shiny paper. You need to cut as much as you want to off to use it and that just takes a decent pair of scissors and the backing peels off the plaster easily and you pop it to where you want to cover and/or protect.
These are not waterproof plasters, splash-proof enough...yes I guess they are. They stick down rather well, are a little cushioned on the inside of them and padded with a little cotton wool which means if you have a wound this area gets a little protected and the plaster can mop up a bit of liquid of any kind, in my case once it was healing it was puss.
They are simply enough to remove and don't leave a sticky mess behind themselves and all in all I can highly recommend these. Not only have I used them for protecting my finger injury, I've also now used them to help stop my shoes rubbing, popped a blister and popped one of these over it and all in all I think they offer great value for my pennies.
If you have an immediate need for these though the cutting up of them can become a pain so what I've done is cut a few pieces into strips of different sizes as well as leaving a few sheets whole so that little issue has been taken care of!
Only available from Tesco stores.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Plasters are something most of us keep in the house and while recently shopping in my local Tesco I picked up a box of their Everyday Value Adhesive Dressing Strips which are basically strips of plaster you cut to size yourself.
The plasters are sold in a small box much the same as most plasters, the box has the Tesco Everyday Value logo on the front and informs the customer that it contains 10 Fabric Adhesive Dressing Strips each of which measures 10 x 6cm's. The front of the box also states that these dressing strips have been tested and approved by customers. The rest of the front is taken up with small images of first aid items all of these are in green and black.
The back of the box gives the directions for use and storage instructions, these are given in several different languages.
Inside the box the adhesive strips look just like Tesco regular plaster being the same beige/flesh colour. The strips have a padded strip down the centre which is 2.5 cm's wide, the padded strip, which is obviously what goes against the wound, has a soft shiny surface to it so that it wont stick to any cuts, there's nothing worse than removing a dressing and finding it stuck to the wound. Despite this shiny surface any blood etc will soak through to the underneath layers.
Being strips you do need to cut these to the size you need, this is easy enough to do with a pair of sharp scissors. The strips have the same paper covering the sticky parts of the plaster as most regular plasters. Whenever I have bought plaster in strips in the past I have always cut a couple of strips up into regular sized plasters beforehand so if a plaster is needed there are some ready.
With these adhesive strips costing just 28p I really wasn't expecting too much from them however I was wrong. I managed to slice my finger while chopping onions and after washing and drying the wound I wrapped a plaster around the cut.
I was really surprised with just how sticky these are, the plaster stuck around my finger really securely and didn't budge all day, neither did the end of the plaster start to come unstuck and fray, something which really bugs me.
Of course these plasters are not water proof and will come of if immersed in water for too long such as a shower or bath but generally they are really good. I know a lot of people don't like fabric plasters but I have found generally these are the only ones that stick to my skin. I also know some people are allergic to plaster but I personally had no reaction to these.
I would really recommend Tesco Everyday Value Fabric Adhesive Dressing Strips, in my opinion they are as good as branded plasters and cost a lot less.
I like to keep my first aid box well stocked, as I was in Tesco I bought a few bits from there. Their box of Tesco strip plasters cost a pound, I usually buy their Everyday Value ones which are much cheaper at 28p but they didn't have any at the time, so I had to pay a pound for the Tesco ones- they are virtually identical.
These come in a green and white cardboard box with their description written on the front in green. The 10 strips of plasters are 10cm x 6cm, dark brown fabric style with a good size pad and are protected with an easy to remove 'paper' strip. These aren't as 'fabricy' and stretchy as some other makes I've used, but just as breathable. Value come in a white box with first aid pictures depicted and again contain 10 strips of plasters, virtually the same so why such a price difference I don't know.
Both value and ordinary fabric strips aren't waterproof but to be honest waterproof plasters aren't really waterproof either- in my experience anyway. They will withstand a bit of a splash though.
Normally I buy a long strip but both Value and Tesco plasters are large individual strips. I don't know if this is a new thing as I've bought these before and could swear it was one strip. I wasn't bothered as usually no injury that only requires a plaster is longer than 10cm.
I do prefer strip plasters to individuals mainly because I can cut them to the required size. I also like the fact that the edges around the injury aren't all sealed down as cuts need air to heal. Besides if I want a closed edge I cut 2 strips of plaster then stick one on top of the other to form a cross shape.
Of course the down side is needing scissors handy- preferably sharp scissors many's the time I've had to hack at these things with blunt ones, been known to hack away with a knife too- not recommended- luckily I haven't had to hack an extra piece off for myself while I'm at it!
I think they perform okay and are both comfortable to wear. They stick down and stay stuck down without being too sticky, I find value just as sticky.
Leaking cuts can sometimes seep out but I find that with individual plasters too, they both seem adequately absorbent for minor injuries and manage to keep dirt out.
I find them padded enough for the dreaded foot blisters you get off shoes- although sometimes 2 plasters one on top of the other is needed.
The plasters aren't difficult to remove when required- they don't have to be soaked first.
None of us has had an adverse reaction when wearing one of these plasters.
I like to keep a first aid kit in both mine and my husbands cars aswell as at home and a month or so back I realised that these were beginning to get a little low and so bought some more supplies at my local Tesco, I actually bought this by accident as I was in a rush and thought I had picked up individual plasters.
The strip of dressing cost about £1 and comes packaged in a green and white box, the title of the product is on the front of the box and the measurement of the piece you get which is 6cm by 1 metre. The box claims that this is soft and durable, flexible and has antiseptic properties.
The dressing is a dark beige colour like a traditional plaster, it is made of fabric and the weave does allow it to be flexible as claimed, the dressing is sticky on both sides with a padded section in the middle which is to cover wounds. On the back of the dressing there are two strips of white plastic feel paper which cross over in the middle to make putting the plaster on easy.
To use the dressing you should stem any bleeding and then measure up to the wound, using scissors to cut the dressing to size you can then remove the backing one side at a time to place over the wound securely.
The dressing is easy to use and sticks onto the skin easily, I have found it sticks a little too well at times though as my daughter complains when I try to remove the dressing. The dressing keeps wounds clean and dry although it isn't waterproof being made from material. The bad point to this dressing is that it cannot go into the first aid kits for the cars as I don't want to have to carry scissors around with us although it is good as you can cut it to any size that is necessary. I will buy this again but only for in the house.