Cuts and scrapes are common, but sometimes a simple bandage just won't do. Pharmacist Doug White shows you how to find the right bandage for your boo-boo.
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I'm Pharmacist Doug White, Inside the Medicine Chest. We all get cuts and scrapes, often they need to be covered but how do you choose from all those different bandages in the First Aid aisle. Well, here are few tips. The particles in Hydrocolloid bandages absorb fluid from the wound, and turn it into a gel like substance which seals in moisture and helps with healing. They are long lasting, waterproof, and can help with sparring, sometimes marketed for blisters, they maybe worth trying if you have a condition like diabetes that interferes with healing. Liquid bandages are good for fingertips, elbows, knees, anywhere regular bandages once they put, they form a clear film that covers the cut, seals in moisture and won't heal off. Where I live, some people carry a bottle in their bowling bag for finger cracks. Just dab it on and you're back in the lanes in a jiffy, wo! Antibacterial bandages are supposed to prevent infection. But expert say they are often unnecessary because routine cuts and scrapes rarely get infected. They are not much more effective than using a dab of antibacterial ointment and may cause allergic reactions in some people. So what is the best for scrapes and cuts, just wash well with soap and water, apply ointment to keep it moist, and a plain old bandage will usually do. As for the design of the bandage, well that's up to your own personal taste. I'm Doug White, Inside the Medicine Chest.