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I have to be one of the world's most clumsy people ever. I can injure myself with a wooden spoon so plasters are something I make sure I have in my house at all times. I have many different shapes sizes, brands etc, purely because no-one ever seems to buy the same plasters every time. I used to think that the waterproof plasters were a good idea; I tend to spend 99% of my day with my hands in water, either washing up, cleaning, hand washing clothes etc so waterproof plasters would seem like the best option to buy. Sadly this is not the case. Elastoplast fabric strip is in fact the best option I have come across. I either buy these of the roll of plaster strip which is equally as good. This particular plaster has 10 strips of plaster, the strips are 6cm by 10cm which is a good size and handy to pop one strip into your handbag, I have a tiny sewing kit in my bag which has tiny scissors in it so I am prepared for most situations when out and about. These packets can be bought from most supermarkets, chemists etc, I tend to buy mine from Sainsburys when I do my weekly shop and I pay around £2.20/£2.40 mark. This price is good and for 10 strips I think is a decent price. There are many reason why I buy these particular plasters, the fact you can cut the plaster to your own size is great, the multipack of plasters which I have bought in the past are ok but you always get left with the tiny plasters or the round ones. Apart from giving blood or having a blood test I don't think I have ever used a round plaster, I am also sure I have never given blood while in my house so they are a bit pointless really. The main reason I buy these is because they are amazingly sticky, they may not be waterproof but even when wet they stick to your skin with no hint of trouble. They are also really good for the annoying cuts you get on the creases of your fingers, normal plasters fold and peel off but not with these. When they get wet, they do not take that long to dry out really, they do not feel uncomfortable for long so you can continue to wash up etc with them on. Although they are sticky, when you take them off, they do not hurt that much nor do they leave the horrible sticky line that older plasters used to leave. (That is unless you leave them on for weeks before removing them, I tend to change them when they get grubby so two days at the most has never resulted in sticky residue). These get a thumbs up from me every time and although I do not do this anymore, when my children were younger, I used to draw smiley faces on them to cheer the kids up, the drawings would last as long as the plaster so everyone was happy.
I bought a few of these from B&M recently because they were only 80p each. Each roll comes in a cardboard box and the roll unwinds so you can cut off a strip. This means that there's no messing about trying to find a plaster that's the right size for a cut or injury and you can make it exactly the size you want. I'm still on the first roll that I bought and have used it a few times for minor cuts and I used it on a deep leg wound as well but found that it wasn't absorbent enough for a deep wound. The strip has got a paper backing on it so when I cut it it doesn't stick to the scissors. It is very sticky so it sticks to my skin without peeling or falling off (including when I am exercising) and it stays on until I want to take it off. The texture is a bit strange, it's a sort of fabric and it is slightly raised because of the thickness so it isn't as subtle as a normal plaster but its great for larger cuts that are too big to be covered with a normal plaster. It's easy to cut strips off so there's no fiddling around. I'm not really keen on the colour (a beige sort of shade) because it is very noticeable, I usually prefer clear plasters because they don't look as ugly or obvious but there's only 1 colour option. The plaster doesnt leave my skin feeling sore or irritated like some adhesive dressings can do, but the stickiness is stil very strong. The only disadvantage is that it isn't waterproof.
==Elastoplast Dressing Strip== I am always nicking myself and not realising until I see the blood and of course that is when I feel the pain! Also my other half is really accident prone so of course with the mix of the two of us, our little boy is also forever scraping himself on some limb or the other. With this in mind I always make sure I have a ton of various plasters in my medicine cupboard. I have tried all sorts of plasters over the years but I have to say I always prefer to use these Elastoplast Dressing strips. For around the £2.20 pence price range they are available in most stores that sell this sort of thing like Boots (where I purchased mine) or Tesco's and other supermarkets. The box the strip comes in contains 10 separate strips and there are a good length and width at 6 cm by 10 cm. The strips can then be cut to the desired size and this is what I really like as when buying a pack of already cut plasters it is a sure bet that if you need a large plaster these have all long gone and only the tiny plasters are left! I find these strip plasters not only great because they can be cut to the size you need but also because they seem to be a lot sticker than other plasters. Okay so the fact that they are not waterproof is a bit of a draw back but I have found with the waterproof ones they tend to wash of if they do get wet anyway. The bandage itself has a little bit of stretch in it too which I find aids the lasting ability of the bandage to stick onto the area where you need it to. I find fingers and hands are the place where I seem to nick myself the most but because of all the work my hands do it is often tricky to keep a regular plaster stuck in place. However these fabric plasters seem to work the best at staying in place for the longest time. All in all I can't really find anything too wrong with this Elastoplast Strip Dressings. There is plenty in a box for the price and they stick well to the skin for a good amount of time which ensures that the cut stays clean and out of the way of anything that will make it sting. The only draw back is that they are not waterproof but this doesn't bother me as I find even if these do get wet they are less likely to fall off than the actual plasters that claim to be waterproof (they just get a bit soggy!). I will keep buying these Elastoplast strips over other plasters and of course I will highly recommend anyone buying them! It has to be a top score of 5 out of 5 star! I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you Many thanks for taking the time to read.
One product that i always have knocking around the house are plasters! My kids are always nicking themselves, and to be fair have got into their heads that plasters also heal the wound they have just inflicted on themselves (or to each other!), and unless i pay out for the silver coated one's for that purpose i am sure they can cope with a paper cut for a few days! My husband also seems to get through a fair amount of plasters too, this is due to him having to wear steel toe cap work boots, and even though he has had them for months now, they still occasionally rub his heal, so needs a little protection there. I ended up with these particular plasters actually due to my husbands never ending array of blisters (some are actually quite magnificent!), and his complaint that the one's i normally ghet are too small for him, and also not sticky enough ( i don't need heavy duty one's as my kids wear them for two minutes then peel them back off again!), so i decided that the material version that i could cut myself would be the way to go (my mum used them when we were kids and had no problems!). I was lucky enough to get these on offer for £1.00, but can be a little dearer (so shop around!), and will (hopefully!) last me for a good few months. Within the box there are 10 strips of plaster (probably four fingers worth, or two big heels worth, per strip!), and can be cut up for the optimum size. There is a substantial dressing pad on the plaster, and even when oozing or bleeding a bit (my husband is a picker!), can still last a good while before having to be changed. The only downside with these are the fact they are not waterproof, which for my kids and husband is fine, but for myself i have my hands in and out of water all day long, so would need something a bit different, but over all these are good plaster to have about the house, recomended! These are available from any good stockist, with mine being purchased from Asda. Thanks for reading x
Im not sure where these came from but they were all we had in the medicine cupboard a few months ago when I scratched my ankle badly and really needed a plaster. About the product This product comes in a cardboard box. The left-hand side of the box is a pinky-red and the righthand side is blue. On the front of the packet is a picure of the elastoplasts being cut with some scissors and the right hand size states the number of dressing and the length of each ones along with the statements - 'can be cut to size required' and 'strong adhesion'. The packet opens at the top, kind of how a cigarette packet opens. On the back of the packet is a diagram showing how the non-stick pad is in the middle of the dressing with the strong adhesive around the edges, which it claims is 'durable and breathable fabric for flexible comfort.' On one side edge of the packet are the manufacturers details and on the other edge a breakdown of what is included and instructions for use. Within this packet are 10 dressings measuring 6cm in width and 10cm in length - the padded part of the elastoplasts is in the middle of the dressing and is 2.5cm wide and runs the full length of the elastoplast. Using the product To use this elastoplast you will require a pair of scissors (not included). You then cut the dressing to whatever size and shape you require. The dressing should always be applied to clean, dry skin. Once you have cut the required piece of dressing you peel off the shiny paper from the back and then stick the plaster over the wound. The backing paper is perforated in the middle to make it easier to peel off. You must ensure not to stretch the dressing when applying it. Negatives I am not a big fan of plasters anyway and try to avoid using them when possible. However when it is necessary I usually use the plastic waterproof ones so the most obvious negative for me here is that these plasters are not waterproof and while they won't fall off at the first sight of water if you're having a bath or a good wash in the shower this plaster stands no hope of staying on. In my opinion they would also not be a pack that you would carry round say in your handbag or car for emergencies as although they have the benefit of being in a strip so you can cut to your requirements, obviously you will need scissors to do this so unless you also carry scissors around with you (which I don't think most people do!) you will have a problem here. This could just be me as I am not really used to wearing plasters but this elastoplasts felt to me very thick and almost heavy - I was certainly aware of its presence whilst wearing it which is not something I have noticed with the lighterweight plastic variety. Price I am sure that this product is widely available in chemists/pharmicists/supermarkets but to give an indication Boots are currently selling this at £2.19/box and at the time of writing (09/10/12) they are also doing a 3 for 2 mix and match on healthcare. This price appears to be in line with similar products that Boots sell including their own brand so I don't think this is a particularly overpriced item. Conclusion In conclusion, this product came in very useful at the time that I needed it and when I had nothing else to hand. It worked perfectly well until I had a shower at which point it came off. Personally I would not buy this product but if it is all you have I would say it is definitely better than nothing.