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I bought a pack of these plasters for £1.75 from a local discount store. There are ten plasters in each pack and they contain silver which aids the healing process. Each plaster is of a decent shape and size, the same shape and size as regular plasters. Each plaster has a cushion in the middle of it that helps to protect the wound. The silver is locked inside the plaster and it activates itself upon contact with the skin. You can't really notice it to be honest. It just looks like a silver coloured plaster with a mesh. The plasters are quite sticky. They stick to the skin well and they don't fall off the skin or lose their place on the skin. They're comfortable to use and they don't interfere with the wound itself. I find that I can shower, bathe and exercise with these plasters on and they don't come off my skin. They do hurt a little when you remove them but if you rip them off quickly they shouldn't hurt too much. As for the healing process the plasters DO help wounds to heal faster. I have had experience of this. Usually my skin takes a while to heal properly but these plasters speed up the healing process and the wound then doesn't scar. The plasters are excellent quality but I can't help but wonder if the silver aspect is a bit gimmicky? However it does seem to work and that's the main thing. Good quality plasters that don't lose their stick.
A few years ago I had a reasonably deep leg ulcer on my left ankle, roughly the size of as 50pence piece. Regular visits to the nurse were required and one of the things they used were dressings which were impregnated with silver. This was the catalyst for my purchase of the Elastoplast Aqua Silver Healing Plasters recently, due to the success I had with silver dressings in the past. The Elastoplast Aqua Silver Healing Plasters cost around £2-£2.50 for a pack of 10,from most pharmacies and supermarkets. The price is a little more than the cost of the basic plasters available, but I think with the healing properties of silver you really are paying for a better product. Although the silver content is probably extremely tiny I can see the reason for the added expense. Silver has been proven to be an antibacterial, killing germs on and around the affected area and improving the conditions for natural healing. The plasters themselves are 'skin friendly' according to the packaging, meaning that tests have shown that they are unlikely to irritate your skin, the plasters are also waterproof and allow your skin to breath - important in the healing process. The plasters are of the typical size and shape, measuring 25mm X 72mm, meaning they are only really suitable for small cuts. I use them on blisters to protect them from a new pair of shoes I am breaking in. I find that the plasters stick pretty firmly to my skin, sometimes too well as I often have to wash them in the bath to remove them due to their determination to stick! As they are waterproof, the fact that I sometimes need water to remove them could be odd, but I think water-resistant would be a better description of them. Saying that i can go to the swimming baths and leave the plasters on without the worry they will fall off on their own. One other point to note is that the plasters don't leave any stickyness on my skin when I remove them, a key point in preventing invection around the wound. As these plasters contain silver ions I would question the need for them on minor cuts and grazes, though they are not intended for use on already infected or inflamed wounds. I can imagine they could be used as a preventative measure for those more susceptible to infection, the elderly, children or pregnant women. The cost is a little more than plasters without the silver ion content, so I would stick to those for minor wounds.
I think elastoplast is a name that is common in almost everyones houses. They have been making plasters for over 80 years and have a plaster to suit just about every cut and graze. They include invisible plasters, plasters with cream to speed up healing and these, plasters with silver to reduce the likelihood of infection. As those of you who regularly read my reviews will know, just over a month ago now I had a rather nasty cut on my wrist. I bought these plasters to protect it during the last stages of its healing. The Plasters ~~~~~~~~~ As I already said, these plasters contain natural silver which have been proven to be antibacterial and kill germs. This, in turn, reduces the risk of infection. They work by continually releasing the silver ions into the wound as it heals. The plasters have been proven to be "skin friendly which means you are unlikely to react to them but m ore on this later. They are also waterproof and breathable. There is an expiry date printed on the bottom of the box, which is 4 years. My Experience ~~~~~~~~~~~ These plasters measure 25 x 72mm and so aren't suitable for large cuts but are more then large enough just to protect my cut or for smaller ones you may have. The sticky part of the plaster is see-through making it invisible unless you know it's there. The back of the padded part is white. I can't really comment on the effectiveness of the silver since I am using these on a healing wound rather then a new one but I can confirm that I haven't had any problems with the wound since using these or any reaction to the silver. The plaster sticks well and despite being stuck over my wrist, a joint often moved, it lasts about 3 days before starting to peel at the edges around the pad. However, even after this the two far edges remain firmly stuck down. As for the waterproof claim this is true for the most part. I am able to wash up and shower without any problems however it does tend to come unstuck slightly when I have a bath. This isn't a surprise though, I wouldn't expect any plaster to withstand being submerged for that long. Taking it off is easy, despite sticking well it doesn't hurt when pulled off and doesn't leave any sticky residue. There is also some silver still visible on the pad meaning that the plaster still has some ions not released and so could last a lot longer if I left it on. Warnings ~~~~~~~ Whilst these plasters are generally safe there are a few warnings. Topical creams and lotions, including antiseptic wipes should not be used with these as they may actually interfere with the effectiveness of the silver ions. Similarly, although these are designed to prevent infections they should not be used on already inflammed wounds or if you have a silver allergy. Like most other plasters these do contain latex so should be avoided if you are allergic to that. Price, Availability And Recommendation ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I bought my pack of 10 plasters from Boots for £2.48. However they are widely available and prices do vary so it's worth shopping around. As for recommendation, although I am happy to recommend them based on my needs Elastoplast do a wide range of plasters to suit different kinds of injuries. However, if these are likely to be suitable for your injury I am recommending them and they will make a very useful addition to your first aid box.