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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.

cuts, burns & infections
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Wound Care 
cuts, burns & infections
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
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 keep out dirt and germs. Nexcare™ Bandages come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet every need:

Frequent bandage changes can help prevent infection
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.
Dry wound healing vs. moist wound healing

Are you aware of the benefits offered by keeping your wound moist while it heals? It's a relatively new approach that is widely used in hospitals.

  • Dry wound healing involves keeping the wound clean and dry so that a scab forms. This is done by exposing it to air and covering with a dry dressing – such as a gauze pad. Dry wound healing is commonly associated with:
    • Scab formation, which could lead to scarring
    • Potentially slower healing time
    • May cause increased pain
  • Moist wound healing occurs when the new wound is covered, and remains covered, with a protective, breathable dressing such as a . This keeps the wound moist by containing the body's own fluid. Benefits include:
    • Minimal scarring as no dry scab forms
    • Less pain – nerve endings are protected by the moisture
    • Helps promote faster healing

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.

Health & Prevention 
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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
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

Strains & Bruises 
treatments & options
A quick guide for when to use hot therapy vs. cold therapy
Strains and Bruises

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
  • Cramps
  • Arthritis
  • Tension

Cold therapy is best immediately following an acute injury or after activity with chronic injury to reduce swelling and pain, for:

  • Sprains/strains
  • Bruises
  • Headaches
  • Insect bites

Ice an injury to limit blood flow
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
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.

Skin Care 
prevention & treatment
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
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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