“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Plasters „
Lesson learned: don't try and break in new converse shoes when you've gone away for the weekend and will be traipsing around an unfamiliar city.
New shoes 1 ------ Helen's poor feet 0
Let's just say I acquired some blisters by the time I had been walking around Manchester for a few hours! I popped into Tesco on the way back to the hotel for some blister plasters. I'd previously used the Compeed blister plasters, which I'd found to be pretty good. However, I was looking for something slightly more economical! I picked up the Tesco version of the branded plasters for £1, a significant reduction from the price of the branded plasters. It has 5 plasters in the box, which I think is good value.
After limping back to the hotel room, I pulled my shoes off and applied the plasters straight away. Removing them from the packet, they feel quite thick and padded. You remove the backing paper in 2 sections. I remove the largest bit of paper first and apply that side to the blister, leaving you with a small tab on the smaller piece of backing paper, so you can position correctly and just pull off the remaining paper to finish. The packet advises to leave your hand on the plaster for a minute to aid adhesion, which I duly did. However it didn't feel any more stuck on after as it stuck pretty well as soon as I'd put it on.
As soon as it was applied, it felt quite relieving to the pain and definitely felt thick and cushioned! These plasters are designed to come away naturally and so you don't pull the plaster off. Slightly later on, dancing shoes on, I would have never have known I had a blister. I didn't feel it all night, with the blister plaster, other shoes didn't rub over it.
In the morning, I showered with the blister plaster on. All the edges remained intact on my skin and didn't get water on the adhesive bit, as I'd found that water on previous kinds of these plasters makes the adhesive go rather horrible and the plaster falls off. I didn't need to replace it after my shower, which I was rather impressed with.
The blister I had wasn't huge, so when the plaster dropped off a few days later, my heel was practically as good as new and blister free!
I would totally recommend these blister plasters. They are excellent for the price, and I would even go as far as saying, I think they are better than the Compeed version and much more bank account friendly!
Price and Availability
I always seem to be getting blisters as I do a lot of walking and, as I'm sure many of you know they can be very painful. My Mum bought me some new boots in December and I wore them around the flat a bit and they seemed to fit well. This was until I decided to walk down into town with them on, the backs started to rub even though I was wearing thick socks and it was causing me a lot of pain to walk. I headed straight to Tesco as I knew they would have a range of products which I could choose from and apply in their toilets. I was going to buy something from the Scholl range as I've used these before and they worked well but I noticed Tesco's Sterile Blister Plasters were quite a bit cheaper so I decided to give them a try. A pack of 6 plasters cost just 95p which is a bargain as other products cost up to a fiver for the same sort of thing.
Packaging and Product Information
The plasters come packaged in a card box which is a little different from the one above. The colours on the box are white green and blue with a picture of one of the plasters and although it's nothing to look at it's simple and does the trick.
Tesco Sterile Blister Plasters claim to:
Prevent and treat blisters.
Promote rapid healing.
After buying my plasters I went off to put them on straight away, I opened up the pack to find six, clear, oval plasters. I pulled back the protective layer on the back of the plaster and applied it to my skin, as it's clear you can't really tell that it's on your skin making them perfect for wearing with heels. I put my boots back on and I was pleased that the plaster seemed to soothe my pain and I found it a lot easier to walk. Unlike many blister plasters these didn't fall off as my shoes rubbed against them and when I got home I was surprised that the plaster was still in place and it remained there all day. I got a shower later on and the plaster still didn't come off, and it remained on for another day after that. It does say on the pack to just leave the plaster on until it falls off of its own accord, as this takes a couple of days the plasters are brilliant value for money as well as relieving pain.
I was quite shocked at just how good these plasters were; especially when you think they're a lot cheaper than the bigger brands. I now use these whenever I get a blister and every time they relieve pain fast and let me get on with whatever I'm doing. A great buy.
If I had the chance I would become a blister plaster spokesperson! I can not recommend them enough. However, I'm going to look at the Tesco Sterile blister plasters as these are excellent and they were a recent life saver for me when I didn't know what else to do with a burn on my wrist!
Why blister plasters?
I have used them since my university days, mainly when wearing high shoes on nights out. However, anyone can find themselves unable to walk properly after wearing a pair of new shoes which have rubbed all day and this is why these plasters are so useful. These blister plasters contain hydra-gel which absorbs excess moisture from the skin to help create the ideal healing conditions. They preserve the area of skin around the blister by absorbing the moisture to form a gel. This gel puffs out the plaster, cushioning the blister and protecting it from any potential aggravation.
Other uses (Danielle's story!)
After an accident I ended up with a 1-inch diameter burn on my right wrist. I hate doctors more than anything so I decided to deal with the problem myself as I was fairly sure after much internet research that I could deal with it better than a doctor! Anyway, I used every cream that was recommended but the burn kept getting worse and by this stage was starting to become irritated by long sleeved tops and it hurt/pulled every time I tried to use my hand! Plasters weren't big enough and when they were they stopped any movement in my hand, bandages irritated the deep burn and that's when I thought of blister plasters! I was nervous at first but I quickly realised that using blister plasters was the best thing I could have done. Full wrist movement and a puffed up gel plaster to stop anything getting to the wound!
Price and availability
Blister plasters aren't the cheapest of all plasters but are well worth buying. Even though Tesco Sterile blister plasters are my top choice for cost reasons, I happily stock up whenever any are on offer. The Tesco ones are a cheaper option at £1.53 when compared with the Boots options below. The best thing is you get one extra plaster!
Scholl Party Feet Clear Gel blister plasters 5 pack £1.74 (offer)
Compeed blister Hydrocolloid plasters 5 pack £3.99
Savlon blister plasters 5 pack £2.99
Boots Pharmaceuticals Blister Plaster 5 pack £3.50
Boots blister plaster £3.49
Why Tesco's blister plasters?
They may not come in the fancy box that Compeed or Scholl blister plasters come in, but at less than half the price, they do exactly the same job. They stay on just as long, stick just as well and as I mentioned earlier, you get an extra plaster.
Overall, these plasters come recommended. They are cheap and do as good a job as any of the main brands. Blisters can stop you wearing the shoes you want to wear and can stop you doing things you want to do. With a blister plaster you can forget about the problem area while it actually heals. Magic!
Getting a blister is one of life's more pointless things isn't it? Some people bemoan them and complain how they hurt them when they walk, but getting a blister can actually be a godsend. You can bunk off work and chores around the house and then there is the satisfaction of playing with said blister when you are quietly on you own in your bedroom late at night.
Tesco's Sterile Blister Plasters are in packs of six, so they assume your blister will be cured within six plasters. The last time I had blisters was a year or so ago after some very painful treatment for a verruca on the foot. I was blasted at minus one hundred and sixty degrees by liquid nitrogen. Absolute agony, resulting in an almighty blister within three days. I resorted to these things to take some of the sting out of the pain and luckily they soothed the ailments rather well.
The plasters are quite thin and stick neatly with good suction over desired area and hold well while offering a cushioned support. The sterile plasters also help prevent infection and keep that blister supported and protected. I found that they took the pressure off walking and my limping turned more into a slight dragging of the heels! Okay, they don't totally eliminate pain but they do take some of the burden off the blister.
The plasters do hold up well in water for about two days then you probably need to replace them because they start to fray a little at the sides. I am not sure they helped me recover quicker, but they certainly offered comfort and protection and for the price tag of one pound fifty, this was worth it. Useful to have in a cupboard and I am sure at some point they will need to be used again for when we start our winter walks.
OK! So I admit it was my fault but we had been snowed in for two days and were rapidly running out of some essential items! So opting not to take the car out on the icy roads, I put my best foot forward and set off to walk the four mile round trip to Tesco! Unfortunately, before I knew it, my walking boots that I was wearing for the first time in about a year were beginning to rub, and by the time I reached Tesco I could feel two enormous blisters on the back of my heels!
Luckily I was at Tesco though, so along with the milk and the bread, my list of essential items now had to include plasters. I set off to the plaster aisle where I discovered Tesco Sterile blister plasters sold in packs of six. On the packet it stated that they prevent and treat blisters, they reduce pain (aahh!) and they promote rapid healing. They sounded exactly what I needed.
The plasters are quite large measuring 45mm by 72mm and are oval in shape. Each one comes in its own protective outer layer. As they are translucent they do not look like normal plasters at all. There is also quite a scientific explanation on the packet telling you how the plasters work. There are hydrocolloid particles within the plaster that apparently interact with the natural secretions of the skin to form a gel that spreads over your blister. The gel prevents hard scabs forming which in turn means less pain and discomfort! Well it sounded highly plausible to me and I was desperate to try anything!
The plasters are fairly easy to get out of their little individual packets and easy to apply to the skin. It's quite strange because when they are on you can hardly see them at all. They are breathable and waterproof and intended to stay on the skin until they loosen and come off of their own accord. As soon as I had the blisters covered with these and I needed to wear shoes, I could feel the difference between these and normal plasters. I hardly felt any pressure on my heels and I could walk in my shoes without experiencing any pain - that was a relief!!
Another good thing about these blister plasters is that they remained stuck to my heels for quite a long time. They even remained intact through a couple of baths which I found pretty surprising. They also seemed to help the blisters to heal quite quickly too so I was pretty impressed all round. I think I replaced them after about three days but they could probably have lasted a little longer had I wanted them to! I was a very satisfied customer and I would definitely recommend keeping a packet of these handy especially when wearing in new shoes or doing a lot of walking.
At £1.55 for a pack of sis, these plasters are not the cheapest on the market, but it is a good price to pay not to be in pain and to protect your blisters!