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First Aid Tape, Gauze, and Pads

 – Even a minor injury that occurs at home or on the go can be alarming. Having the right first aid supplies at the ready can help you remain calm and allow you to effectively address a wound, so that you can provide the best care to yourself and your family and avoid unnecessary emergency room trips. At drugstore.com, we carry a wide variety of gauze, pads and tape to help you stock your first aid kit.
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Pads for Prompt Wound Care

Some wounds bleed for a short period of time following an injury, and when an area that has a high concentration of blood vessels becomes injured, the bleeding can be heavy while it lasts.

Experts recommend that bleeding be controlled with the use of sterile gauze pads. These pads are highly absorbent to hold blood and have been treated to remove germs, making them more sanitary than tissues and cloths from around the house. By applying firm but gentle pressure on top of the gauze, you can often control bleeding from a minor wound.

If you need guidance on how to use gauze pads or if bleeding is severe, seek emergency medical attention or call your doctor.

Solutions for Bandaging

Doctors may recommend that a wound on an arm or leg be covered with a wrapped bandage following an injury. Covering the wound can help protect the area from further injury. There are different types of bandages available.

Gauze bandages are absorbent and ideal for use on open wounds that may bleed. You may also be told to use a gauze bandage because the fabric allows air to still reach the wound underneath, assisting with healing.

For other injuries such as a sprain, an elastic bandage made from stretchy crepe fabric may be used to help reduce swelling in the area. Your doctor can let you know what type of bandage to use in any given situation if you're unsure.

Tapes for Keeping Bandages in Place

Gauze bandages and pads aren't outfitted with adhesive like flexible plastic bandages. As a result, a separate adhesive called first aid tape may be needed to hold the gauze in place. First aid tapes come on rolls, and a small number of products are mounted on dispensers similar to transparent or acetate tape that is often used in schools and workplaces. Tapes vary in width to cover areas of different sizes.

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