“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Plasters „
Review of Tesco Wash-proof plasters Plasters are one of those things I tend to take for granted. They are something you rarely think about yet when you need one, you need one straightaway. **The Product** This is a box of 40 wash-proof plasters from Tesco, it is not the 'Value' budget range but from the bog standard stores own selection. The plasters are presented in a green and white cardboard package font. The box bears a picture of three assorted sticking plasters. There are some basic medical warnings on the reverse of the box and the Tesco company information. The box opens easily enough and inside nestle the 40 wash proof plasters. The plasters are presented within a plastic wrapper which is perforated at the end for tearing apart. These are a little fiddly to open, but the wrapping does of course ensure sterility. The plasters themselves are pale brown/flesh colour, with a small lint pad in the central panel. As with most plasters, there are tear off protector strips covering the sticky part, keeping the plaster fresh and hygienic until it is ready to be applied. The size range of the plasters is fairly limited, square and rectangular shapes ranging from 19 - 63mm, so whilst these are fine for minor wounds, realistically they are not going to be very useful for anything larger than a small cut, graze or blister. The price is a reasonable £1 for the box of 40 plasters. This equates at around 2.5p per plaster. My most recent use of these plasters was on a small cut on my left index finger, a deep paper cut type wound, painful, annoying, but most definitely not life threatening! After cleaning and drying the area, I unwrapped a suitable plaster and wrapped it round my finger. The cut was on the second knuckle and I was pleased to find the Tesco plaster was adequately sticky enough to hold in place. The plaster remained intact for the rest of the morning, however after a couple of hours; it was beginning to lift at the edges. Of course, fingers bend and flex during normal day to day life, so perhaps the movement rendered the plaster less adhesive than it might have been on a flatter area of the body. These plasters are described as 'wash-proof', in my experience this meant the product could cope with a gentle hand wash or two, but not immersion in hot soapy water! **Cautions, Warnings and Availability** The warnings printed on the packaging are common sense ones, Tesco advise consumers to wash their hands before use, to clean the wound and ensure the surrounding skin is clean and dry before applying a plaster. They also warn that medical advice should be sought should the wound become swollen or reddened or the bleeding not cease. Each plaster should only be used once and the contents used up before the expiry date on the base of the box. Plasters should be stored in a cool, dry place. Persons with sensitivity to adhesive plasters should avoid using. **My Thoughts and Conclusion** In line with many other supermarkets these days, more and more everyday items are being marketed under the Tesco own label. I have noticed that many home medical goods are reaching silly prices recently, so it is nice to find a reasonable quality item at a fair price. All in all, these plasters are fine for the money; £1.00 for 40 is not going to break the bank. As the plasters are on the small side, they will only suit small wounds but as a basic first aid item they are fine. I consider this plaster assortment to be a good buy and great value for money. I am awarding Tesco Wash Proof plasters a 4* rating, dropping a star simply because they could have been a little more waterproof in my opinion. Thank you for reading. ©brittle1906 February 2013 N.B. Please note my reviews may be found on other review sites under the same user name.
I am terrible for keeping things like plasters about the house, I was better when the kids were little but now they are grown up its something I always forget to buy. Then the other day my Other Half was doing a bit of DIY and cut his finger and of course we didn't have any plasters in so ended up taping a bit of paper towel around it with some sellotape. Seeing that he is first aid trained, this prompted him to add some to the monthly Tesco online shop. He decided to get this pack of their own make plasters. The pack contains 40 plasters in assorted sizes, you get 6 square ones which are a good size, these are just right for things like grazes and will be handy when the grandchildren are round as they are always falling over out in the garden. For some reason, they always seem to feel better once a plaster is placed over the offending graze or cut. All the other plasters are rectangular in shape, there are 12 that are quite small and are good for small nicks and cuts, then there are two other sizes which are also useful, like wrapping around a finger or covering a larger cut. They seem to stick quite well, I remember in the old days when waterproof plasters used to fall off in no time, but these seem to have a good adhesive on them. I have had to use one already when I cut the tip of my finger the other day while peeling some fruit and found it stayed stuck while I was washing my hands under the running tap. It didn't stay on long though when I was trying to wash up later on but by then the cut had stopped bleeding so I could leave it off anyway. I think these plasters are a good buy, they are only £1 so there is no excuse really for keeping a box of these in the cupboard in case of a minor emergency.
After using Tesco's fabric plasters and them being useless when wet, I decided to give the wash proof plasters a go to see if they would fare any better. ----- Information ----- These Tesco wash proof plasters come in a pack of 40 different sized plasters for 95 pence. There are four different size plasters and a different number of each size, as follows: 18 - 1.9cm x 7.2cm, 12 - 1.9cm x 3.8cm, 6 - 3.8 cm x 3.8cm, 4 - 2.5cm x 7.6cm ---- My experience ---- The plasters come in a pretty simple green and white cardboard box, the front of the box has a picture of the different size plasters, whilst the back contains the normal information, allergy advice and how to apply. The plasters are all individually wrapped and easy to access by tearing at the top of the packet marked by arrows. Once out of this initial wrapper the plaster contains two sheets of white paper on the reverse of the plaster that you can pull off right before applying the plaster. Once the plasters are stuck in place, they do hold the stickiness very well. As for the wash proof claim of these plasters, they can just about withstand me washing up. I had a bath with one of these on my finger, and although my finger wasn't submerged in the water the whole time it did start to peel away at the ends. The different sizes of the plasters are handy for different size cuts and grazes, as long as they are quite small. Although I don't often need a big plaster it would be useful to have a couple of bigger sizes for when they are needed as the biggest one in this pack is a little shy of 4cm x 4cm, no good if you have a big wound. A good thing about these plasters is that after being removed, they don't leave any sticky residue behind like some other plasters do. A simple tug of the plaster gets it off of the skin easily, and is virtually pain free. Overall, I'd recommend these wash proof plasters, they are exactly that, wash proof. They don't last well in the bath, but I guess that is classed as more than a quick wash! The different size are handy, although a couple of bigger plasters would be ideal. They stick well and keep the wound clean.
I picked these plasters up when doing my shoppiong in my local Tesco store, I always have a good supply of different sizes of plasters as I have an 18 month old, a four year old and 2 adults in the house so the sizes of body parts with injueries does vary widely. The plasters cost about £1 for a box which contains 40 plasters of varying sizes, 4 x 2.5 x 7.6cms 6 x 3.8 x 3.88cms 12 x 1.9 x 3.8cm 18 x 1.9 x 7.2cms I find that the sizes of the plasters are great as the 12 smaller opnes are about right for my eldest daughter and the square plasters are great for grazes on the knees which are very frequent as she is so clumsy, the other 2 sizes of the plasters are more the normal size you expect plasters to be and I use them on the back of my heels as I have a pair of shoes which no matter how many times I wear them they still rub. Inside the box each plaster is wrapped individually which makes them good for putting in our little first aid kits which we keep in the cars, to use a plaster you simply tear across the top of the wrapper which is very easy to do and then pull the plaster from inside. The plaster has two pieces of a plasticy feel paper on the back of them and you can remove one side and place over the injury before pulling the other piece of meanin you don't have to touch the underneath of the plaster too much. The plasters claim to be washproof and I would say as long as you don't submerge your hands in water when you wash them they do stand up to water pretty well, the plasters stick well but also do peel off quite well without pulling at the skin although they do tend to leave behind a mark where the plaster has been. I would recommend these plasters, they do the job well and the sizes are perfect for my family.
These plasters are cheap, good quality and available from most larger Tesco stores. The plasters are a beige colour and the pack contains 40 plasters. The plasters come in different shapes and they're waterproof too. I find the plasters easy to use. They stick to the skin well and the different sized plasters allow you to place them on various parts of the body. The larger plasters are ideal for cuts and grazes whilst the smaller plasters are ideal for blisters and spots. The smaller plasters stick onto the skin well despite their small size and I find that they remain in place during showering. I can't comment on bathing as I don't have a bath at the moment! The plasters stay in place during movement. I can wear these at the gym and they don't cause me any embarrassment from falling off my injury. The plasters help to protect the injury from further irritation and they help to ease the discomfort of the injury. They work well on blisters too as the plasters don't hurt when they are removed from the skin. They don't leave any residue on the skin after use either and the plasters are suitable for a wide range of different uses. They can also be used to cover up piercings for P.E and gym use. They're around £1.50 per pack.
I'm sure most people will agree when I say that plasters are a necessity in every house hold's first aid box or medicine cabinet. They're very handy because in my house you never know when you'll need one - thanks to my boyfriends young dog, Evie, who is currently staying with us (along with his other dog) while he gets his new house sorted. Evie is the weirdest dog i've come across and rather than sitting at my feet and wagging her tail like a normal dog would, she instead clambers all over me and literally pokes me with her paws, which sounds sweet but it is actually incredibly annoying as well as painful and I have various (quite deep!) scratches all over my arms and legs where she's scratched me and tried to clamber up my legs - not an attractive look at all so I make sure I cover them up with plasters which not only puts my mind at rest no one can see the hideous marks, but it also helps keep the wounds nice and clean and free from bacteria/infection. Plasters aren't very exciting really are they? I am not particullary fussy when it comes to plasters, because they're not the most important or expensive things haha, however after realising how awful quality the dirt cheap ones are, I decided I wanted a decent brand and thought that Tesco would be the best place to get some from. There are so many varieties; different brands, different shapes, different adhesive levels, different materials and so on. I am used to the simple beigey peach plasters which are a simple rectangular shape so as soon as I saw the Tesco's own brand pack of plasters which a picture on the front identical to the plasters i'm used to I just grabbed a couple of packs and paid. I paid 83 pence for a box of fourty, which works out at around 2.1 pence per plaster. This, in my opinion, is very cheap and great value, yet not so cheap that I doubted the quality or made me think 'I wonder if these will actually be any good??' Compared to the price of some brands of plasters these are very good value - some places (eg Superdrug) charge around £2 for a box of the same amount of plasters! Packaging wise there isn't much to say, they simply come in a sqaure cardboard box which has the Tesco logo along with 'Washproof plasters' written on the front. At the bottom it states the number of plasters that the pack contains (40) and has a brief rundown of the plasters advantages, which are as follows: water resistant, breathable, durable. The box is easy to open and inside there's strips of the plasters wrapped in paper, which is easy to open. The plasters themselves have a paper backing which is easy to pull off and once it's off the plaster is ready to be stuck down onto the skin. There's a white padded foamy part (which is antiseptic) in the middle which varies in size depending on the plaster you use - there are the usual rectangular ones which are handy for small bug bites, they're also the perfect size for a small wound I currently have on my leg from an ingrown hair. There's some smaller ones which are very thin and the padded part is tiny, I don't use these as they're too fiddly but they'd be handy for tiny wounds which need covering. There are some thicker ones which are also handy for larger wounds but none of them are huge, and none would cover a large wound. They're more for small scratches, bug bites, grazes, etc. The plasters are latex free and have a smooth feel to them and they feel a little plasticy if that makes sense. These aren't fabric plasters but they're just as soft and once they're on my skin I forget they're there; no discomfort, itching etc so the adhesive used must be quite low as I usually have an allergic reaction to some types of plasters but i'm fine with these. They're very sticky and stick down onto my skin easily, I don't need to press down to secure the plaster in place. The plaster usually stays on for around 2 or 3 days before it starts peeling off, although I usually change my plasters once a day for hygiene reasons. The padded part soaks up any blood or puss. Taking the plaster off isn't painful as it's not sticky enough to rip out hair, and it doesn't leave any sticky residue behind. These are waterproof plasters and cover wounds and grazes etc while in the bath meaning it keeps them dry and free from any germs. They stay on fine in the bath but when getting dried off with a towel it can be a bit awkward avoiding them as obviously if they're tugged around they'll come off. The plasters overall are cheap and effective, they're good quality and I reccomend them. My only issue with them is that they're not very big, but i'd reccomend adhesive pads for anyone with larger wounds/grazes anyway.
We always have to have a little supply of plasters in my house. I only need the odd Plaster now and again but not all that much but since Hubby is a mechanic and is often fixing cars in our Driveway then he often ends up scraping his fingers and taking little lumps out of his skin while trying to get his hands into awkward places, so I pick up a box of Plasters now and again to make sure we are covered. The good thing about these Plasters is that they come in a few different sizes. I know most boxes come mixed, but i've seen the odd packs where they are all the 1 size. I got these as they were on offer for £1 a few months ago which was a little bit saving on the right price as I think these can cost around £1.40. The 4 different sizes of these Plasters are 19x38mm, 38x38mm, 25x76mm, 19x72mm. There is more of the 19mm ones as these are the more common sized plasters instead of the larger square ones but you just never know what size could come in handy do you? The outer wrapper of these is easy to remove so just peel the open part off and that will pull away the paper. There is a little bit padding on the Plaster and these stick on with no problems at all. Although they are pretty sticky, they don't take an effort to remove when the time comes either and these aren't sore to remove. The outer Plaster part is easy to wipe clean as well. I never counted how many plasters that you get in the pack. I think it does state it on the box, but I just have these loose in the drawer, and I would guess you definitely get more than 30 in this box. Good Plasters that keep the area covered to let it heal.
Being a clumsy so and so I find it very useful to have packs of plasters lying around my home, work and handbag! As with many necessary but costly items I tend to go for own brand products to save on money and the majority of the time they are the same and if not better than the branded products. These washproof plasters from Tesco are both cheap and do their job perfectly! The plasters come in a small and compact cardboard box; this has the Tesco branding on the front, along with a small picture of the plasters and product description. It is nothing exciting to look at as you would expect! The pack contains forty plasters in total, which come in four different sizes and shapes as follows: 18 times 19 x 72mm - quite a regular sized long and thin plaster 12 times 19 x 38mm - reasonably long and thin (good for fingers!) 4 times 25 x 76mm - Slightly thick and long 6 times 38 x 38mm - Nice and square (good for knees and elbows) Each plaster comes in an individually wrapped plastic cover, this both stops them getting tattered over time and is also there for hygiene reasons. You simply peel away the wrapper and you have a nice fresh plaster to use. These are washproof plasters and as such you are supposed to be able to submerge them in water/get them slightly wet without them losing their stick or falling off like regular plasters. I have to say they are pretty good at staying on all day and even after showering they don't let water in and fall off like others I have used. The plasters themselves are a light beige colour, intended to blend in with your skin and look inconspicuous. On the inside of the plaster in the centre they have the gauzed and padded patch that you line up onto your cut or graze. This keeps your wound clean and protected during the day and also gives a nice cushioned feeling to avoid further pain and discomfort. On either side of this gauze is the sticky plaster bit that has peel off plastic pieces when you want to use them. They are easily removed and stop the plaster pieces becoming dirty and from losing their stickiness. Once stuck on you cannot really take them off and mover them without them losing some grip off their pads. Instructions: Store in a cool, dry place These plasters are a bargain at 0.82 pence a box available both in store and online at Tesco.com, for their quality and price I could not give them any less than 5 stars, a great product that is a must in my life.
Tesco Assorted Washproof Plasters are , in my opinion, a handy little cardborad box of forty assorted sized washproof plasters which Tesco sell for the very cheap price of just £1.50. They come in a variety of different sizes, depending on whether they are for a sore heal, a stubbed little toe or a nasty scratched and bleeding kneecap. We use them in our house all the time, mainly for our son who is always suffering from bumps and knocks, and by putting a plaster on him, it always seem to make him feel much better, even if there is only the tiniest hint of a little scratch! My other half tends to use them a lot on the backs of her heels where her shoes rub, especially if they are new. They are waterproof, to an extent but will not stay put if immersed in water for too long, such as the bath. Taking a shower with one of these palsters on is fine, and they will not come off. One plaster will last a few days, then you will find the ends started to come up a bit as they attract the dirt and grime of the environment. The only downside is that they tend to leave those dirty grey coloured sticky bits on the skin if they have been on a while, but I think this tends to happen a lot with any plaster in my opinion. I personally feel that they are easy to apply and each one comes individually wrapped. There are a good assortment of different sizes and they are easy to find and cheap. They feel nice and smooth when they are on and stick very well to the skin. Great buy and cheap and well recommended. Review also published as sorehead on Ciao
As my baby bump grows so do my feet unfortunately and as such most of my shoes are now getting rather tight. This happened last time I was pregnant to my feet and thank goodness they went back to their original size but in the mean time most of my shoes now rub in all the wrong places. This is such a pain as I don't want to buy new shoes that will last for just a couple of months and so my solution is plasters. I generally need to buy quite a few packs as each day I reapply in several places on my feet. My trigger spots are the back of my heel and the side of my foot and so each foot takes two plasters per day meaning four in total. The best I have found so far are from Tesco. We have a little Tesco express on out housing park and they stock these thankgoodness. What I like about this pack is that there are four different types of plaster in the box as different shapes fit different parts of the foot better and it is so nice to be able to just buy one pack instead of four different packs. The sizes of the plasters are as follows: 4 plasters sized 25x 76 mm 6 sizes 38x38 mm 12 sized 19x38 mm 18 19x72mm I think there are obviously more of the 19 x27mm as these are seen as a normal sized plaster and will generally cover up most blisters/scratches etc. I like to use these ones around my toes and the top of my foot as they wrap around the foot well. My favourite however are the 38x38mm plasters. They are square obviously and work so well on the back of the heel where you need a bit of extra coverage. The extra coverage stops the back of your shoe rubbing and working the plaster off as you walk. I find the plasters hold well but I do only wear them once during the day as I like to take them off at night so I never wear one on my feet over night but I do have to pull them off as they have stuck quite well so I think they would last a couple of days on say your arm where they do not get so much use. The plasters are all individually wrapped which is great as this means I can just dump a whole loads in my bag and not worry that they are getting wrecked in my bag or getting dust on them which will then effect the cleanliness of them. They are easy to unwrap and then when you get into the plaster there are two bits of white paper stuck to the back. These overlap each other so I pull one side off, place the plaster where I want it on my foot and then pull the other one off and hey presto the plaster in nicely in place. The plasters are waterproof too so they are smooth on the outside, unless say a fabric plaster. To be honest I prefer these as they do not pick up dirt on the rim of the plaster like fabric ones do. Also, if your feet get sweaty these are quite good at holding off the moisture in your feet. A pack of these 40 plasters costs approximately £1.50 which I think is really good value and they do their job well when it comes to my feet and are a product I recommend.
I bought these plasters as I was walking the entire length of Hadrian's wall National Trail. I reguarly suffer from blisters on my feet (now I know it was from poorly fitting walking boots!). As we were walking 20 miles a day I decided to invest in lots of plasters. I bought these as they were cheaper then the named brand plasters and looked similar. After the first day of 20 miles I found a few blisters and so had a chance to try these out. They come in a range of shapes and sizes. The large square ones went on my heel and the smaller ones around my toes. Being wash proof I guessed they would withstand the sweat they would have to endure the following daya nd hoped they would stay put. Firstly, there wee not enough large plasters. I had about four in the box I picked up which was not enough by any means. I then wished that I had bought a separate box of large plasters! At the beginning of day two the plasters felt okay. They were bog standard plasters and so had the normal bit of plastic you peel off. They went on okay and stuck well at the beginning. After 10 miles they still felt in place and after a break for lunch I thought I would check them. I was inspired to find all but one in place still and just reapplied the one which had moved. By 18 miles I could feel a few of the plasters had moved and started to feel uncomfortable. |One was actually rubbing against my foot which was not what I wanted as my boots were doing a good enough job at that! All of a sudden I felt a really od sensation of something pulling then snapping on my little te. I had no idea if my toe had dislocated or something as it was very uncomfortable and very odd feeing. I did not believe it would be the plaster as it felt so strange and very "pulling" and "Snapping" motion. I immediately took my boot off to investigate not know what I would find. Oddly it was the plaster which was around my little toe which must have pulled tight to prevent blood flow so making the release of it feel so strange. The plaster had no stickiness left and this must have been why it had pulled tight around my toe. I removed all plasters at this point and located somewhere to buy some Compeed to help my feet. I tried to buy cheap for things to help my feet whilst walking but it only made things worse. Dont use these for intensive hiking, use proper plasters like Compeed.!!! These plasters are okay for a small cut some where that won't be rubbed etc. Dont expect much from them though. They were only about £2 so shouldn't really expect much!!
Every household, especially those with children will or should have a box of plasters in a first aid kit, and my son does not seem to be fussy in having plasters with pretty pictures on, so i thought the plain ones will do. With this in mind, wandering around my local Tesco store, spotting these plasters at the thrifty price they were thought they would be worth a shot. Very handy to have waterproof/washproof plasters especially for paddling feet in the summer so i thought that these TESCO WASHPROOF PLASTERS would do the trick, especially at a mear £1.09. As you can see from the box, it contains 40 plasters of varying size and shape, from square to wide and long, to thin and long too. These are handy as they fit various parts of the body well. The square ones are perfect for a heel, and the longer slimmer ones, great for wrapping around a finger. These plasters are flesh coloured and have a smooth waterproof sheen. The box itself is green with a picture of the plasters that can be seen on the front too. The back of the packaging has the instructions and safety advice as you would expect for a healthcare product. The actual use of the product is very easy, unless you are trying to put a plaster on your dominant hand of course, always 'handy' excuse the pun to get someone to help! And i have used these plasters for cuts, scrapes and blisters. They are perfect for putting in your bag on a night out with your new heels and also to keep in your babies changing bag for those scraped knees and egos. Not forgetting your first aid kit at home, these always need a pack of plasters! It is amazing how many plasters i have given out to other mums who i dont know, at the swimming pool or local park! To use this product, you simply need to peel off the plastic coating to the sticky side at the back, one at a time to stick the plaster to the areas that needs it, and is easy to do. I have never had a problem with these plasters ripping or sticking back on itself either. I do find that they are splashproof more than washproof. Submerging your hands in water with a plaster on, makes for a plaster on the finger to literally slide off the end due to the glue dissolving. The odd rinse will prolong the life of your plaster much better. To be honest though, what can you expect from an adhesive dressing. I have never known anyone that has used this product to have a reaction to it, but to be fair, i can only speak for my family. No signs of rashes or reactions to the glue that is used, but i am aware that this does not apply for everyone, so i would suggest using with caution the first time! These plasters will remain in our first aid kit as providing they are treated carefully do the job that is requested of it! A good all round plaster! 4/5 from me!
My husband and I dont have any family as yet, and so although I always keep a packet of plasters in the cupboard, they never seem to get used for cuts/scrapes etc like I'm sure the are in most families. The chief reason that I use plasters is for my heels when I have bought new shoes and am trying to protect my heels from being torn to shreds until the leather softens. I seem however to go through plasters quite regularly however, and so they are not something that I want to put a lot of money into. I never buy the expensive elasoplast brand of plasters, especially when I don;t have any children needed wounds attended to. I always stick to either the supermarkets (namely TEsco) or Boots own brand. I also tend to buy waterproof plasters so I don;t have to replace them everyday after taking a shower, especially when I am simply using them as a protective barrier on my heels. A while ago after using up my Boots packet of plasters, I picked up Tesco own brand of waterproof plasters, which contain 40 assorted plasters. Now I cannot remember, nor can I find anywhere on the internet the price that I paid, although it was definitely between £1 and £2. The packing is fairly attractive with a blend of greens and blues. On the front are pictures of the plasters with the claim that these are 'water resistant, breathable and durable'. On the back of the packaging, in tiny writing, it also states that these plasters offer 'ideal protection of wounds from dirt and germs. Help to keep skin dry. Breathable, durable and comfortable to wear.' They also state that these are low allergy and latex free to minimise allergic reactions. It reminds users to change plasters at least once daily. Now, I have already stated my uses of these plasters on my heels, and since I have only ever used them for that, that is all I can comment on. I find that they variety of sizes that the plasters come in quite useful for me, since it depends where the shoe that I am wearing is rubbing my heel. Sometimes I need the large square plasters, sometimes just the little ones to protect, and I find by the end, I will have used them all, regardless of shape and size. I find them easy to use. THe tabs comes apart easily, although there always seems to be a lot of paper around these plasters to dispose of. They attach easily to my heels and always stay in position throughout the day, whether I am doing something active or not. As I said earlier I tend not to change the plasters everday because I use them as a protective barrier from the rubbing of my shoes rather than as a wound dressing. After having a shower, I find that these plasters will generally still stay in place, which I think therefore confirms that they are pretty durable as well as being waterproof. Obviously however, the longer you leave them on your heels, the more you have to scrub off the dark marks that end up around it from socks etc so I still like to change every few days. When I am wearing these, they completely solve the problem of when my shoes rub against my heel, and prevent my heels from being cut to shreds until such times as the leather of the shoes has softened and I no longer need the plasters. I cannot comment on their effective at protecting and dressing wounds, but certainly for what I want them for they are ideal and they certainly are more reasonable value that the pricey branded alternatives.
Every household should have a set of plasters set aside, if not a first aid box. You should ideally have a box of plasters in the bathroom cabinet, kitchen and car for emergencies as you never know when you will need one. I have a pack of these in my bathroom cabinet at all times, in both the washproof and fabric versions. You can buy the plasters from any Tesco store for about a pound and for your money you get a cigarette sized case with four different shaped plaster sizes inside; square, long and thin, regular oblong shaped and smaller slimline sized. The plasters come with a removable strip that you tear off on the reverse and dispense of. You then apply to the wound and press down and wrap the plaster around. They have good elasticity which means you can wrap them firmly around joints and get a fine stretch from them. I have noticed that I rely on the thinner plasters more than the short fat ones. These have yet to be used, but I guess you could trim them to size to suit a wound. In terms of staying power, they do stand up to being washed without coming off. A foot wound I had last year on the ankle required a plaster and managed to stay on for a couple of days and survive two baths before it started to come away. If you are simply washing your hands, then the plasters stay steadfast and should last for three to four days. They are easy to peel off, but I usually snip them off to make it easier. The comfort levels are pleasing too with a soft padded section to cushion the wound and promote healing. The material is strong, the plasters are reliable and you get several of each size per pack, making them a superb buy for the family. Ideal for holidays, picnics and round the house use.
I am always on the hunt for waterproof plasters that actually deliver what they offer. Most plasters of this sort I purchase are flimsy little things that have all the sticking power of a smear of Pritt Stick on a wet window. This box of assorted sticking plasters from Tesco came in at the budget price of £1.17 for forty. The only reason I purchased this product was because I had sustained a small, painful cut to my little finger and needed it covering up fast. The box contains plasters in four different sizes: a large square one, a long thin one, a long fat one, and a large rectangular one. I rarely use the large square shaped plasters, and this is one of the reasons I do not like buying these assortment boxes. Unfortunately there were no boxes of the long thin plasters, which is the sort I most often use, and which suited my needs on that particular day. The plasters are hypoallergenic to prevent infection from spreading, and each plaster is enclosed in its own wrapper. This angered me, as this greatly increases the amount of waste a box such as this yields. In addition to this wrapper, each plaster is attached to a backing strip. I often found that attempting to remove a plaster from its outer wrapper meant the backing, and the plaster, became damaged. Because the plasters are plastic-based they rarely tear, but they do scrunch up and this can affect the way the plaster adheres to your skin. I was surprised by the sticking ability of the plasters when I wore them in the shower. While it is not advisable to direct water onto them for a prolonged period, the steam that comes into contact with them during the process rarely causes them to peel back immediately. However, I have found that as my skin dries they have a tendency to curl and lose grip significantly. This is a decent packet of budget plasters, but I would much prefer them if they came minus the individual wrappers. I doubt I will purchase this product again, not just because of the waste, but also because I would prefer to spend a bit more on plasters that exhibit improved sticking ability.