Tegaderm

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  1. I’ve used these and I think they’re the best bandages ever made.

  2. Mary Nir says:

    I use tegaderm film over my (subcutaneous) blood glucose sensor, to help keep it in place. I agree with all you’ve said above – although I’ve found that tegaderm tends to really pick up fuzz and things from your clothing, whereas the alternate film I use, IV-1HAND, does the same job without leaving blue circles on my skin when I wear my blue sweatpants. (I know that sounds like a player name from Paranoia, but I didn’t name the product!)

  3. Spinkter says:

    FWIW, on a recent visit to the UK, I got a raging blister on my heel (never wear new shoes when traveling).  I purchased from the local Boots pharmacy a “hydrocolloid dressing”, which is also a clear dressing, but is different from what’s shown above.  It was pretty miraculous. My blister was all but healed in about a day.  I just checked, and these things are also available on Amazon, thank goodness.

    This explains it pretty well.

  4. Bjorn says:

    My wife was very allergic to the adhesive in these bandages.  It took us a few weeks of trial and error and puss oozing rashes forming under the bandage before our nurse was willing to admit it was an allergic reaction and switch us to gauze only.  This cleared up everything in a matter of days.  Your individual mileage may vary.

    • Syndaryl says:

       I’m also allergic to Tegaderm – but I have psorisis and have a severe psoriatic reaction to just about everything you can stick on my body except Hypafix paper tape (I actually react worse to “hypoallergenic” bandages than regular ones).

      My reaction to Tegaderm wasn’t particularly different from my reaction to regular old sticking plasters or surgical tape, though. Unfortunately I still have the scars from a few bad encounters…

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Tegaderm is the only adhesive to which I’m not allergic.  I love the stuff.

  5. I have an allergy to these also. From what I have been told by various nurses over the years, it is pretty common. IV3000 is a good alternative for people will allergies to tegaderm

    • Christina Ward says:

      Posting to agree with Bjorn & Lonnie.  Be careful with these if you have any skin sensitivities.  A post surgical nurse, after a recent surgery, commented on my wound as nicely except for the “tegaburn”.

      • Fang Xianfu says:

        I’m allergic to the adhesives on some brands of plasters, but not to this stuff, thank god – if you can use it, it’s brilliant. Allergies are annoying as hell til you can find what works, that’s for sure!  I guess adhesive allergies are pretty common?

      • Syndaryl says:

         For folks with sensitive skin and problems finding something sticky to keep bandages on at all, look into Hypafix. My anecdotal tolerance doesn’t mean much, but my wound-care nurses couldn’t stop saying nice things about how nobody ever has a bad reaction to it.

        Unfortunately it’s not airtight, and while it’ll still stick pretty well if it gets wet, it won’t keep water in/out much on its own. And of course they don’t have Hypafix pre-made sterile gauze plasters :P

  6. Ryan Grossi says:

    I use these daily to cover my PICC line (Lyme Disease).. great stuff. Keeps the port site protected and dry.

  7. I’m still waiting for bandages that fix your wound in a matter of seconds, à la Predator.

  8. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Had these on my surgical incisions.  Very clean and tight dressings.  They cling so well and are so thin that trying to get a fingernail under the edge to remove them was a bit difficult.

  9. Ken Conley says:

    I use this whenever I crash my bike and have found the scarring with Tegaderm is much, much less.

    • Jake von Slatt says:

      I can corroborate this. Nothing is better for road-rash!

    • Brent Roberts says:

      Tegaderm is my go-to solution for road rash!  Remove debris in the shower, clean with saline, air dry, then use Tegaderm.  Replace as needed.  Protip:  Get it from a medical supply like Grogan’s.

  10. Henry Pootel says:

    Just the thing for those large bleeding wounds you want to share with friends!

  11. Jon Bakos says:

    Hand Model: So what’s the product?
    Photographer: It’s this bandage that protects bleeding injuries.  Let’s get you prepped.
    Hand Model: Bleeding wha-
    Photographer: *stab*

    • ohbejoyful says:

       Yes! I thought it was . . . odd that they chose a site more commonly associated with, um, really bad things.  :(

  12. cjporkchop says:

    Thanks for this! I was just about to go get some Liquid BandAid for a painful burn on my elbow, but this would work even better. Hope the drug store has them…

  13. +1 This stuff is absolutely great for backcountry injuries, particularly when water is abundant. The clear film means you can stick it and leave it for days and days – no need to peel back to check on progress. 

  14. Jen Onymous says:

    Let me add my “plus one” for people recommending these for heel blisters.  They’re the bomb.

  15. Had these over some wounds after surgery.  The blood pooling in them was interesting to watch.

  16. Sparrow says:

    I’ll stick to 3M duct tape. One of the few adhesives that I don’t have a reaction to. If you can’t fix it with duct tape, you might need to go to a professional. 

  17. kennapea says:

    yeah, tegaderm is fantastic unless you’re allergic – then it’s all rashes, blisters and patches of skin ripping off when they remove it. IV 3000 is the way to go. or good ol’ paper tape.

    • DewiMorgan says:

       On the other hand, it contains no latex, so is kinda nice for those with anaphylaxis to latex.
      I believe IV3000 has also phased out latex in their packaging. Yay :)

  18. Olorwen says:

    I’ve used these for most of my life (yay Doctor Mom!), and I found that for things like skinned knees and blisters anywhere, not only do they stay out of the way and make healing quicker and cleaner, but they also seemed to significantly decrease the pain. It’s like putting on a temporary second skin. Great for kids who think it’s the end of the world when they get all bloody falling off their bikes :)

  19. Great, a bandage where you can gross out your friends with your wound without having to uncover it!

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