We've spent decades developing more and more advanced Nexcare™ products, to help you heal yourself – and your family. We're pleased to pass on some of the knowledge and insight we've gained along the way.
Best way to prevent common illnesses
The trouble with germs is that you can't see them. But they're always there. Being vigilant about hand washing can go a long way toward keeping you healthy.
Heal your wounds
Let the healing process begin. Improve the healing process with these easy-to-remember tips for incisions, cuts, scrapes or minor burns.
How to clean a wound
- Using water under pressure is the best way to clean a wound; a briskly running faucet will do.
- Wash under running water for several minutes, even up to 15 minutes.
- Make sure you remove all dirt and debris before applying a bandage.
Match the right bandage or adhesive pad to your wound
For a bandage to work right, it has to fit right – to protect the wound, and seal out germs and dirt. Nexcare™ Bandages come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet every need:
- To protect less severe but large, irregular wound areas, with the exception of burns, use Nexcare™ No Sting Liquid Bandage.
- If your plans include swimming, watersports, or working in and around water, choose Nexcare™ Waterproof Bandages to protect your wound.
- For smaller wounds, such as a cut fingertip, try our Nexcare™ Soft 'n Flex Bandages in "spot size" for just the right coverage.
- Knees and elbows are common injury areas. Try bandages specially made to stay put on these tough-to-cover areas: Nexcare™ Waterproof Bandages for Knee and Elbow or Nexcare™ Active Waterproof Bandages for Knee and Elbow.
- If you're gardening or doing other physical work, get long-lasting protection from Nexcare™ Heavy Duty Fabric Bandages.
- When exercising or playing sports, try Nexcare™ Active™ Waterproof Bandages for flexibility and cushion.
- For larger wounds, use Nexcare™ wound care products, designed to protect and absorb, such as the Nexcare™ Soft Fabric Adhesive Pad or the Nexcare™ Absolute Waterproof Adhesive Pad.
- IMPORTANT: deep cuts, deep puncture wounds, major burns and all human or animal bites should be taken seriously – apply first aid, then call your health care provider immediately.
Frequent bandage changes can help prevent infection
- Change bandage daily, or more often if the bandage gets dirty or wet.
- Check the wound for the signs of infection, and if you're worried that it may be infected, call your health care provider.
- Infected wounds are usually very painful and swollen – if swelling lasts for several days and the area is warm to the touch, infection is likely.
Ouchless ways to remove a bandage
- It's an age-old trick but a good one: soak the bandaged wound area in warm water for a half-minute or so before removal.
- Work a little baby oil or cooking oil into the adhesive to help the bandage release from the skin.
- Use ice (covered with a paper towel) for 5 minutes or less. Ice will make the adhesive brittle, which may cause it to release.
Choose the right first aid tape for the job
- Paper tape is ideal for fragile skin or when tape is being re-applied frequently.
- Cloth tape is great for securing splints or bulky dressings and when strong holding power is required.
- Waterproof tape is the choice for blisters or water-related activities.
- Flexible tape is water-resistant, stretches, and tears off easily; perfect for hard-to-bandage areas.
Proper first aid taping techniques
Proper taping is the key to making gauze and other devices stay in place. We’ve got the tips and tricks to help.
First step in minor burn care: identify burn type
We'll help you identify the type and severity of a burn, so that it can be treated properly.
Caring for minor burns
Burns should always to be taken seriously. For minor burns, do the following:
- Immediately cool the burn under cold water until the pain subsides (approximately 20 minutes).
- If a blister forms, do not break it; if it is open or broken, clean and remove all dirt from the area, and dry thoroughly.
- Gently blot dry with a sterile gauze or clean cloth.
- Apply an antiseptic spray or ointment, if desired.
Protect the blistered or burned area with a transparent dressing and gauze pad.
- Check the burn daily and change dressings as needed.
- IMPORTANT: For more serious burns where the skin becomes white or charred, do not apply water, antiseptic sprays, ointments or home remedies. Call your doctor immediately.
Signs a wound is infected
Infected wounds are usually very painful and swollen – see your health care provider if the wound isn't healing or you notice other signs such as: fever, redness, increasing pain, swelling, itching, rash or burning.
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Be prepared: building a first aid kit
Every home should have a first aid kit. Don't forget to check it periodically and replace or restock items as needed, and keep it out of reach of children. A basic kit contains:
- Adhesive bandages – assorted sizes
- Sterile non-stick pads – to place over wounds
- Self Adhering Wrap – to secure a splint or bandage or to apply compression
- First aid tape – to secure a splint or bandages
- Instant cold pack – for reducing pain and swelling
- Thermometer – to check body temperature
- Scissors – to cut tape and gauze
- Tweezers – to remove splinters
- Alcohol or antiseptic wipes or ethyl alcohol – to clean cuts, scrapes, and caregiver's hands in the absence of soap and water
- Antiseptic ointment – to prevent infection in cuts, scrapes, and minor burns
- Hydrocortisone cream (1%) – to relieve itching
- Acetaminophen and ibuprofen – to relieve swelling/pain and reduce fever
- Latex/nitrile gloves – to protect against disease transmission
A quick guide for when to use hot therapy vs. cold therapy
The best therapy depends on your type of injury. Acute injuries are those that occur suddenly during an activity, such as a sprained ankle or fractured hand. Chronic injuries usually result from overusing one area of the body. Signs of chronic pain include a dull ache when at rest, swelling, and pain when performing specific activities.
Heat therapy is best for chronic pain and injuries without swelling. Heat relaxes tight muscles and stimulates blood flow, for:
- Muscle aches
Cold therapy is best immediately following an acute injury or after activity with chronic injury to reduce swelling and pain, for:
- Insect bites
Ice an injury to limit blood flow
Cold is a vaso-constrictor – it limits blood flow to an injured area:
- Apply a cold pack to the injured area for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
- Then let the skin return to normal temperature.
- Repeat as necessary.
Try R.I.C.E. therapy to treat common injuries
The basic treatment for common forms of sports injuries such as sprains and strains of muscles and tendons is called R.I.C.E. Therapy:
- Rest: stop the activity immediately (continued stress can increase tissue damage).
- Ice: apply a Nexcare™ Cold Pack to reduce the size of blood vessels, thereby decreasing the bleeding, reducing swelling, and easing pain.
- Compression: apply a compression bandage to the injured area to help reduce swelling.
- Elevation: elevate the injured limb above the level of the heart to help drain excess fluid from the area.
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health care provider with any questions regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you read here.
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How do I remove a bandage that will not release easily?
Work a little baby oil or cooking oil into the adhesive, or use ice (covered with a paper towel) for 5 minutes or less.
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