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First Aid Tape, Gauze, and Pads

 – Injuries can occur at any time and under any circumstances. An average day playing in the backyard with your kids, exercising, cooking dinner, or practicing your favorite hobby can suddenly turn into a medical issue should you experience a cut, scrape, or burn. Filling your home’s first aid kit with those just-in-case-of-an-emergency items is essential and will help you quickly address any home injuries before seeking further medical attention. If your kit isn't well stocked just yet, let drugstore.com supply you with the tape, gauze, and pads you need to complete your kit and prepare for any emergencies.
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First aid tape is an important addition to your home medical supplies because it helps your bandages and dressings stay in place, allowing your wound to heal. This stretchable, breathable tape comes in several styles. You can choose paper tape, which comes in a tan shade that blends in well with your skin. Paper tape is hypoallergenic and latex free, making it ideal for those individuals with sensitive skin. Cloth tape is heavy duty, meaning it firmly secures your bandages to your wound, ensuring protection that lasts. This breathable tape helps your wound heal and stay free of infection. You can find tape that comes in rolls or dispensers and even waterproof tape for those frequently washed areas. Flexible tape provides the finishing touch to your wound care, making it a must for your first aid kit.

Gauze



Pillow-soft gauze comforts and protects your wound as it heals. Gauze allows you to move freely while keeping your wound well wrapped, so you never have to worry about your bandage coming undone at an inopportune time. Even more, gauze is absorbent, meaning it can help to reduce and even stop bleeding. Several styles are available at drugstore.com--you can choose different widths depending on your wound care needs, or you might opt for a few different styles to keep on hand. Gauze comes in rolls, allowing you to use as much or as little as you need for each dressing. Simply cut the gauze when you have adequately protected your injury, and save the rest of the roll for another time.

Pads



Another way to protect your skin after an injury is with dressings and pads. Pads are similar to gauze, but instead of coming in a roll, they can be purchased in pre-cut pads that you can apply to any wound or burn. Consider the size of pads that you need--you might want small pads for minor cuts and scrapes or larger ones for burns or other more prominent wounds. You can find waterproof pads at drugstore.com as well, allowing you to keep them on even as you wash your hands or bathe.

Consider mixing and matching products in this medicine and health category to help you create a first aid kit that is useful and well stocked. With tape, gauze, and pads on hand, you can ensure that any injury, no matter how large or small, can be properly bandaged and on its way to healing in no time.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.

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