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The smell of my childhood.
Member Name: rockinrach08
Date: 26/07/11, updated on 22/08/13 (309 review reads)
Advantages: childhood memories, can be found cheaply in some shops, stops infections, mild pain numbing effect
Disadvantages: Some may not like the smell
Recently, I seemed to offend some honey by putting it in the oven. It lashed out by splashing on my poor thumb. It was then mission 'stock up on first aid supplies' once realising I had exhausted it after offending a fence and some mud, the fence took it out on my pinky (I need to be kinder to inanimate objects/food, apparently). So, cue the mission impossible theme as I make my way to the shops.
Along with other supplies, I needed an antiseptic cream and picked up some germolene not only for the childhood memories and its antiseptic properties but also the local anesthetic it has added.
Germolene can be used for the relief and infection prevention of minor cuts, burns and scalds, blisters, stings, bites and spots. This makes it a must-have for your first-aid box!
-- Antiseptic and Anesthetic --
Antiseptic creams are used on on wounds, such as cuts and minor burns, to help prevent infection. There are many antiseptic creams on the market, all promising the same thing. The body actually produces its own antiseptics, secreted from the lungs and skin, and also in the form of tears and saliva amongst others (I should point out that this isn't a recommendation to lick your wounds clean, or cry on them). However, a spot of germolene will help keep nasty pathogens from entering your wound and leaving you with an awful infection.
One property of germolene is the anaesthetic effect from the added Phenol (which is also an antiseptic), this is designed to give you a little pain relief and as I said, it was one of the things that attracted me to this particular product. Phenol is commonly used in many drugs, such as aspirin, and is used as an oral anaesthetic. And, if you are interested it is one of the chemicals used for embalming (though I think we shall stick with its antiseptic and anesthetic properties for now, leave the embalming for later).
The pain relief can be quite welcomed when you're having to deal with a painful wound, whether caused with sharp objects or evil honey. Indeed, my throbbing thumb was quite glad for this effect. It may not kill pain or make you insensitive to pain but it does give you that bit of relief to get on with your day.
-- Use --
When I first opened the bottle I was delighted to see the famous pink cream. I then took a sniff to ensure it still smelled as it did all those years ago; that . It instantly brought me back to my childhood, not the happiest moments as it was just after hurting myself (and as a child, I always was... nothings changed much). I ensured the area was clean, as directed, and applied. I was a little wary of massaging the cream into the newly formed blister, so was extremely gentle. I then covered the area with a wound dressing pad and taped it up.
I was a little disappointed that you couldn't smell the germolene through the dressing, as it always seemed so prominent when I was younger and you could always smell it on other people. Though, perhaps this is a good thing now that I am older, you don't necessarily want to go aorund smelling of germolene.
I also noticed that the cream was a lot creamier and easier to apply than I remember. I seem to remember germolene being quite thick and though it applied evenly to the skin, it was a little tougher to massage into the skin. So, if I am remembering it correctly it appears to have improved in this area also. If I haven't, well the cream is nice and easy to spread without being greasy. Just as you would find similar creams.
Another pleasant surprise was the fact that it didn't sting. I always remember germolene stinging but it doesn't seem to sting anymore. So, this is a definite plus! And it absorbs into the skin quite quickly.
Also, I should point out, three weeks after scalding myself I am free from infections. I'd like to contribute at least a part of this to germolene!
-- Price and availability --
You can buy this cream from most chemists and supermarkets. so wherever you are I am sure you will be able to find it easily. I paid about £1 for a 30g tube in Semi-chem, but can cost upwards of £2 in some places. This will last you a good while as you only need a little bit at a time. You may find some cheaper, but most do not have the anesthetic properties that this one does, not even the ones that are more expensive than this. So either way you look at it, it is great value for money.
-- Conclusion --
A great product that is a must for first-aid boxes around the country. It's anesthetic properties put it above similar products. And for some of us, it gives us a nice trip down memory lane from when we were children and were a little more adventurous. It still has that same smell and colour, without smelling of germolene all day long.
Summary: A must-have for your first aid box.
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