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Falling off happens - when it does what do you use for treating road rash? I need to cover and dress my wounds and like the below from Boots, but they are small and don't always cover the area needed. Interested in what works for you?

Is there a "make your own" version of these, wrap yourself in a plastic bag, etc.?

https://www.boots.com/boots-faster-healing-hydrocolloid-dressings-pack-o...

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kil0ran | 3 months ago
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Mepore is also good for oozing wounds and comes in large sizes.

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marmotte27 | 3 months ago
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What is it the pros put on there, held in place with these mesh thingies?

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Jimmy Ray Will | 3 months ago
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What I've done is cut up the larger Boots patches so that I can lay multiple patches alongside each other. Sort of like roofing slates...

Works well, but it's not exactly a cheap solution! 

Skills you never thoughts you'd need hey? 

 

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zedthegreat replied to Jimmy Ray Will | 3 months ago
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I did consider that! But as you say a bit expensive all in.

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andystow | 3 months ago
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I don't know if you can get them in the UK, but 3M Tegaderm come in very large sizes and work great. You just clean the wound well, carefully apply one, and leave it on for a week or so. Much less pain and scarring.

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zedthegreat replied to andystow | 3 months ago
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Cheers - just to be clear don't put anything under? Just clean then slap on?

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andystow replied to zedthegreat | 3 months ago
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That's what I recall. It comes with instructions which are pretty good. You need to get it stuck on all around (adhesive is only around the perimeter) or some of the liquid might drip out. I think I managed to keep them on for about five days.

They don't recommend putting antibiotic cream under, as any grease that gets to where the sticky will be will stop it from adhering properly.

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zedthegreat replied to andystow | 3 months ago
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Thanks!

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kil0ran replied to andystow | 3 months ago
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+1 for Tegaderm (or as it's called in our house Tigger Derm)
Sticks, stays stuck, comes off easily when done, no issues with ripping hair out if that applies to you - find an edge and roll it off slowly.
In the first day or so when it's wet go with something like a Xupad under either a conforming bandage or tubular bandage (referred to as yellow line or blue line in the trade) - assuming you're dressing a limb. The Xupad won't stick to the scabs and provides a layer of protection.
In an emergency a heavy flow sanitary towel can work as a dressing, as can a disposable nappy.

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Daveyraveygravey replied to kil0ran | 3 months ago
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Great info!  Just recovering from a nasty front wheel slide out on green chalk a couple of weeks ago, wish I had known this then!

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