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Wound Dressing Know-How

Smarten up on treating the most frequent minor
injuries, and find the right wound dressing from
a selection of universal and high-tech solutions.

Do not play down a small wound: Every small impairment of your skin deserves attention and the right treatment, so that your skin can heal off perfectly. Fortunately, today’s wound dressings incorporate the latest medical technologies and come in different shapes, structures and sizes.

Let us guide you through some special solutions that you might not even know about – or did you know that today’s generation of Elastoplast plasters can even prevent scarring and scabs? Become the master of your small injury by finding out what is new and best – and get it right next time a small injury happens.


SCRATCHES AND CUTS

Wound Care for Cuts and Grazes

If you’ve suffered a cut or a scratch (see cuts and grazes): The first thing to do is to clean and, if necessary, disinfect the wound and make sure that debris or small objects are removed.

 If the wound bleeds intensely, such as is sometimes the case with cuts in the face or on a finger, stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a sterile bandage like Elastoplast Soft Feel Compress.

 Depending on where your wound is located, choose a matching wound dressing. Hypoallergenic Spots are barely noticeable and are ideal for covering wounds on visible body parts. A larger scratched area, such as on the knee, will need a strong plaster such as from the Elastoplast Plastic or Fabric ranges.


BLISTERS: DON'T POP THEM

Suffering from a blister? If it is still intact, decide if you want to leave it uncovered to let it heal on its own. But if it’s an area where it might get rubbed, such as on your hand or on the heel, you should protect the blister from further friction as soon as possible to prevent the blister roof from breaking.

Elastoplast’s SOS Blister Plaster can help to relieve pain from blisters, while sealing the affected area safely against dirt and bacteria. The hydrocolloid technology will also help to heal blisters faster.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner

For more blister tips, see our articles How to Get Rid of Blisters and How to Prevent Blisters.

Blisters

BODY PART LOGISTICS

Find the right wound dressing

Generally, plasters like Elastoplast Plastic Plasters or Elastoplast Fabric Plasters that are available in different strip sizes or dressing length (which can be cut to the desired size) will offer the right coverage for your wound. But depending on where your wound is located, there are better choices which will offer the ideal shape, size, material or adhesion tailored to your specific needs.

Find your ideal wound dressing in the Elastoplast range. 

Very small cuts and scrapes can be covered by Elastoplast Hypoallergenic Transparent Spots, tiny round plasters.

Greater patches of skin, such as on knees or mobile parts such as joints which are exposed to a lot of movement and friction are ideally covered with an Elastoplast Fabric Extra Flexible Plaster.

Is your wound located in an area that is absolutely difficult to cover with a plaster strip? Then try Elastoplast Spray Plaster. It offers convenient one-hand application, even in awkward places, and provides a waterproof, transparent breathable and skin-friendly film for your wound.


KIDS FIRST AID: MISFORTUNES WITHOUT TEARS

First Aid for Kids

Children often fall during sports or playtime, injuring themselves with a graze or a cut. There are child-friendly ways to treat these minor, yet painful injuries, so that misfortunes are quickly forgotten.

For scrapes or wounds on knees and elbows: Using an Elastoplast Antibacterial Plaster is especially clever: Thanks to its Silver Technology it will provide antibacterial action (killing harmful germs, thus reducing the risk of infection for your child) while being large enough to cover up an entire knee.

Teenagers who hurt themselves while doing sports might prefer the durability of Elastoplast Heavy Fabric Waterproof Plasters.

In order to give your family the best wound care there is, you should stock up on plasters in different shapes and sizes and benefit from the range of selection offered in packs such as Elastoplast Kitchen Kit, containing strips especially suited to fit fingertips, knuckles etc. Also, see our downloadable first aid kit checklist and ensure you have the essential first aid supplies for your family.

JOINT VENTURE:SCRAPED KNEES, ELBOWS OR KNUCKLES

Covering fingers, heels, knuckles, and knees can be tricky, as you move them a lot, but you‘ll want to keep them covered to keep dirt out.

Try specialised plasters such as Elastoplast Extra Flexible Fabric Plasters which provide durable protection for those body parts as well as allowing for greater mobility.

Another alternative: Using a liquid spray bandage such as Elastoplast Spray Plaster. The convenient and transparent wound protection provides instant action against bacteria. The sprayed-on film is flexible and can be applied even in awkward or hard-to-reach places, it is waterproof (shower-resistant!) and only needs to be applied once.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner.
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Best Wound Healing Conditions
Forget about “being brave” and “not fussing too much” by letting a wound heal in dry air, even if it’s just a scrape or a small cut: Research has shown that letting a wound heal under moist and covered up conditions will heal faster and prevent scabs and scarring.

SENSITIVE SKIN?

Have you never been a great fan of wound dressing because you have sensitive skin? Then you might want to choose the extra skin-friendly Elastoplast Antibacterial Sensitive Plaster, with Silver Technology and antiseptic qualities to reduce the risk of infection.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner.

Wound Dressing for Sensitive Skin

Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.  
Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.
In case you have diabetes a proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet.
 
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainty of treating your wound properly.
 
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.

For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email on anz.consumerservices@beiersdorf.com. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products' packages.