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.
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.
Heal your wounds
Let the healing process begin. Improve the healing process with these easy-to-remember tips for incisions, cuts, scrapes or burns.
Match the right bandage to your wound
For a bandage to work right, it has to fit right – to protect the wound, and keep out dirt and germs. Nexcare™ Bandages come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet every need:
- If your plans include swimming, watersports, or working in and around water, choose Nexcare™ Waterproof Bandages to protect your wound.
- 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.
- 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™ Extra Cushion Bandages for flexibility and cushion when you bump into others.
- For larger wounds, use Nexcare™ Wound Care products, designed to protect and absorb, such as Nexcare™ Waterproof Dressings or the Nexcare™ Soft Cloth Dressings.
- IMPORTANT: deep cuts, deep puncture wounds, major burns and all human or animal bites should be taken seriously – apply first aid, then call a doctor or 911.
Frequent bandage changes can help prevent infection
- Change bandage daily, or more often if the bandage gets dirty or wet. If you are using Nexcare™ Waterproof Bandages, these do not need to be changed if they become wet.
- Check the wound for the signs of infection, and if you're worried that it may be infected, call your doctor.
- Infected wounds are usually very painful and swollen – it is likely to be infected if swelling lasts for several days and the area is warm to the touch.
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 half-a-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.
Proper first aid taping techniques
Proper taping is the key to making gauze and other bandages stay in place. Let us show you how it's done.
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 doctor if the wound isn't healing or you notice any redness, increasing pain, drainage, warmth or swelling.
Work out the safe way
Sports help you keep fit, relieve stress and have fun. Follow these injury-preventing tips to avoid being sidelined...
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. /Hot
- Rest: stop the activity immediately (continued stress can increase tissue damage).
- Ice: apply a Nexcare™ Cold/Hot 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.
The right routine can lead to healthier skin
Healthy skin feels good, looks good and, as the body's key protective layer, can lead to better overall health, too. Following these tips will help you achieve healthier skin.
Keeping skin healthy helps keep your whole body healthy
The skin is the body's largest organ and its first line of defense against infection. Dry, itchy skin and cracking of the skin can make infection more likely, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Help skin in its protective role by starting with effective yet gentle cleansing by using the premium micro-fibre range of Nexcare™ Face & Body Sponges.
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a medical professional 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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