The Evolution of Bandages

The Evolution of Bandages

Nothing compounds the pain and inconvenience of a wound more than a dressing that creates more problems. Patients often experience allergic reactions to either adhesive that sticks to the skin or the material that makes up the bandage itself. A latex allergy can cause the skin under a simple Band-Aid to redden and swell. A skin allergy can react with tape adhesive and break out into a serious rash. Fortunately, the more science has studied skin reactions to different type of bandages and bandage adhesives, the more these products have evolved.

Allergy to latex is a very common affliction. Those who suffer from latex allergies are forced to find an alternative for simple products such as Band-Aids, dish gloves and condoms. Luckily, the medical supply market has responded well to this need. Cloth Band-Aids, vinyl gloves and polyurethane condoms are all perfect solutions to the latex allergy.

Another solution to latex Band-Aids for those with a latex allergy is Tape Relief. Simply rub Tape Relief onto the skin underneath the bandage and the Tape Relief will protect the skin from latex allergens. It may be less practical than just using cloth Band-Aids, but it works in a pinch.

A problem much harder to fix is an allergy to the adhesive itself. Major manufacturers have no problem altering the materials used to fashion the bandage itself, however, it is difficult to create a completely allergen free adhesive. There are hypoallergenic bandage options on the market, but they are not readily available. For certain medical/athletic tapes, there are no alternatives on the market. Instead of paying high prices and extra shipping for these specialty items, it is much cheaper (and easier) to use Tape Relief underneath the bandage in the same way as with latex Band-Aids.

Surgery patients often leave the hospital with painful blisters from the tape their surgeon used during the procedure. Luckily, most hospitals now allow their patients to request paper tape. Paper tape is more flexible and it creates a softer adhesive bond. When it is stretched across the skin is does not pull or wrench the epidermis. Unlike the powerful surgical tape that is normally used, paper tape will not create painful tape blisters.

Unfortunately, due to its weaker adhesive, paper tape is not as effective as surgical tape. In cases where skin needs to be pulled and secured away from the surgical area, paper tape may not be an option. In these situations, Tape Relief is an impressive solution. The tape will adhere to the layer of Tape Relief on top of the skin. Even though the tape may be pulled tight, the skin is not put under the same amount of stress as when it is bonded directly to the adhesive. In this way tape blisters are still prevented.

Yes, bandages are evolving, but the evolution is incomplete without the addition of TapeRelief.

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2 Responses to “The Evolution of Bandages”

  1. Is this safe to use around the eye? It sounds like something worth trying. I am trying to tape my eye shut because I have Bell’s Palsy. I do not have blisters from the tape.

  2. Yes, It is safe to put around the eye.