How to Bandage Simple Cuts, Scrapes
We all get cuts and scrapes, Often they need to be covered, but how do you choose from ALL those different bandages in the first-aid aisle? Well, here are a few tips.
The particles in Hydrocolloid bandages absorb fluid from the wound and turn into a gel-like substance which seals in moisture and helps with healing. They're long lasting, waterproof, and can help with scarring. Sometimes marketed for blisters, they may be worth trying if you have a condition like diabetes that interferes with healing.
Liquid bandages are good for fingertips, elbows, knees--anywhere regular bandages won't stay put. They form a clear film that covers the cut, seals in moisture, and won't peel off. Where I live, some people carry a bottle in their bowling bag for finger cracks. Just dab it on, and you're back in the lanes in a jiffy.
Antibacterial bandages are supposed to prevent infection, but experts say they're often unnecessary because routine cuts and scrapes rarely get infected. They're not much more effective than using a dab of antibacterial ointment and may cause allergic reactions in some people.
So, what is the best First Aid for cuts? Just wash well with soap and water, apply ointment to keep it moist, and putting on a plain old bandage will usually do.
And as for the design on the bandage, well, that's up to your own personal taste.
This entry last modified on: January 28, 2013 3:03 PM
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Cuts and scrapes are common, but sometimes a simple bandage just won't do. Pharmacist Doug White shows you how to find the right bandage for your boo-boo.