Reddit reviews: The best gauze & pads

We found 231 Reddit comments discussing the best gauze & pads. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 90 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Gauze & Pads:

u/erin_said · 2 pointsr/backpacking

Holy shit those boots look crazy (and awesome!). I agree with your sentiments about waterproofness in the PNW. I would also go with a waterproof shoe if I lived in an area with a lot of precipitation like that.

I had problems with blisters on my heels too and started lacing my shoes differently and it seemed to help. Here's a video that demonstrates how to do the lacing on boots to hold the heel down a little bit better (it's a little bit different on trail runners/low cut hiking shoes, but pretty similar). Also make sure that your laces don't come undone or loosen throughout the day. You can do this by tying a different type of knot when you are done lacing your boot. I use this knot with all of my shoes and since I've started using it I've never had my shoe laces loosen or come undone throughout the day. It's kind of weird to do at first, but really easy once you get the hang of it.

The other thing that has really helped me is preemptively taping my foot in spots where I know I'm prone to get blisters. For this I use Leukotape which I've found is superior to duct tape as it's stickier and breathable so you can leave it on for a few days at a time (even if it gets wet). It's best to put the tape on the night before you start hiking (or if you're replacing it in the middle of the hike just do it before you go to bed) so that the adhesive adheres to the foot better which will just make it actually stick to your foot longer without having to replace it.

If I do end up getting a blister, I drain it (poke a hole in it with a needle or safety pin or even your knife as long as it's clean) and leave the skin intact and then put a hydrocolloid bandage over it to protect the area from infection and also provide some padding. Hydrocolloid bandages stick pretty well, but just to make sure it stays in place I put some leukotape over it. Both can be left in place for several days at a time. Hydrocolloid bandages are AWESOME and you can actually use them on regular wounds as well as long as they are not super oozing with blood or anything. I get pack of large pads from amazon which can be cut down to size. Here are some links: hydrocolloid bandages and leukotape.

Someone else mentioned Bodyglide and Hydropel. I've found these products to be useful, but only if you get blisters between the toes. If you get blisters on the heels or sides of your feet it doesn't seem to be as effective because it just soaks into the socks. One thing you could try instead that might help is a really thin sock liner made of coolmax fabric or something similar that will wick your foot sweat away from your foot. If your feet aren't sweaty then that's probably not an issue and I wouldn't recommend liner socks because they can make your feet hotter.

This post was way longer than I thought it would be. I had a lot of blisters the first few years I was backpacking, but now I'm (relatively) blister free. Like I said before this is what works for me but it's not for everybody! Good luck!

P.S. Your pictures were awesome and I am super jealous. I have been wanting to go to ONP for a while now. Thank you for sharing!

u/mama-chari · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

What are you currently doing for your skin? Tell me about your showering routine, especially.

Here are a few things that might help you feel better/look better:

  1. Try to take cooler showers. If this means changing your typical water temp from hot to warm, it will definitely help. I'm not advocating ice cold showers, but cooler is definitely better for your skin. Especially during the winter months.

  2. Use a mild soap/body wash. You may be doing this already, but it's a good place to start. Something that isn't loaded with fragrance is really helpful. Using really harsh body wash can really strip your skin and make it irritated.

  3. Exfoliate once or twice a week. This will really help with any bumps and discoloration you may have. I personally use a salux towel loaded with a moisturizing, fragrance free body wash once or twice a week. This towel in particular is great at getting areas like your back and posterior that are hard to get thoroughly.

    You could also try chemical exfoliation on any breakouts or scarring you might have. Stridex in the red box is great for treating active breakouts (pimples, whiteheads, whatnot). For scarring or pigmentation, something with an AHA in it (Lactic or Glycolic Acid, for example) will really help. AmLactin is really excellent for this. When using an AHA, however, please apply sunscreen to any areas that your clothing doesn't cover during the day. It has been known to sensitize you to UV light.

  4. Moisturize immediately after a shower. I don't know what your skin is like, or how much moisture it might need, but this step is really helpful with keeping your skin healthy and healthy looking. It heals faster when it retains moisture, and the texture will also improve. This could be applying baby oil while you're still damp in the shower, and then toweling off. It could involve a nourishing body butter (try to avoid too much fragrance though) after you've dried off. It could even include using a really thin, light moisturizer all over after you've dried off, if that's all you need.

    With all new products, try to buy the smallest size you can and introduce things one at a time. This will keep you from wasting too much money on products you don't like, and will alert you to any allergies or sensitivities when you introduce a new product.

    Sorry this is so incredibly long. Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions!
u/johns_brain59 · 59 pointsr/CampingGear

Hey everyone, I cringe when I see the cost vs contents of most first aid kits on the market. Too much unnecessary stuff and only the highest priced kits have clotting powder, which I’ve used on the trail for controlling bleeding with large abrasions and deep or tangential lacerations. I put together my suggestions, with an eye toward maximizing usefulness and minimizing per unit cost. IMO this is superior to most kits costing 2-3x more. Light enough for the discernible backpacker, but makes a great gift for family and friends to throw in the car pocket, the boat, ATV, or carry along to kids sporting events. Feel free to add, subtract or substitute to customize your own.

Ever-Ready First Aid Adhesives, assorted sizes, 280ct $6.95 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0179S0IAW
Self explanatory, enough for 2-3 of each size per DIY kit.

Vakly Stretch Gauze: 12 pk 4” x 4yds $7.99 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTQFPA6
1 pk per kit and 4 left over for the home medicine cabinet.

McKesson individually wrapped sterile gauze pads: 50ct $5.17 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002C5P9J8
6 per kit, throw them in a ziploc baggie to protect against moisture.

Woundseal clotting powder: 20 pkts $28.06 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008RUJXR6
Remember that compression alone, when done properly, effectively controls most bleeding. But when a member of your group is on aspirin or other blood thinners, or sustains a nasty cut that won’t stop bleeding, this stuff is awesome.

3M Duct tape: 1.88in x 30yds $3.89 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013B1XHE
Countless uses for the backpacker / camper, from tourniquet, fracture splinting, reinforcement of wound dressings, fashioning a moleskin barrier for blisters, not to mention tent, pack or sleeping bag repair. Grab a few extra straws from your local fast food joint, trim them to 2 inches, then roll up 4 to 6ft lengths of duct tape around the straw. The straw in the middle doubles as a pocket billows for fire starting.

Rensow white petroleum jelly 5gms, 144 pkts: $24.99 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KAGT85M
Lip balm, burn treatment, also apply to rashes, blisters and abrasions to keep gauze from adhering. Doubles as an excellent fire accelerant for bushcrafting. I squeeze some on a cotton ball to use with my tender for catching a spark.

Kirkland anti-diarrheal (loperamide) tablets: 400ct $9.99 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EXPY004
Put 12 per kit and keep the rest for that week-old lasagna that you should have thrown out.

Ibuprofen 200mg tabs: 2x500ct $3.93 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P1NJAJS
Put at least 40 per kit as this is likely to be the first supply used.

Diphenhydramine capsules 25mg, 100ct : $4.99 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00080CKDW
Useful for allergies, insect stings, contact dermatitis, and doubles as a sleep aid for those restless nights in the hammock. 12 per kit should do.

Triple antibiotic ointment 0.5oz 144 pkts: $12.18 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H2T9K3K
6 to 8 per kit should do, and keep the rest for replen.

Ziplock snack bags, 40ct (for storing meds): $2.73 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U9ZFFCY
Please clearly label each baggie using an indelible marker with name of med, adult dose and expiration date. Pediatric dose optional. Individual “gas station” packets are much more expensive but if routinely carried in vehicle this may be a consideration (law enforcement doesn’t like unlabeled pills floating around in baggies).

First Aid Bags (empty), Alazco, 8 bags $32.82 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0182MQ4MU
Highly optional but nice for making your kit look pretty if you’re giving these away as gifts. I double wrap mine in gallon ziploc bags for moisture control.

A printable first aid primer: https://s3.amazonaws.com/yohsresourcelibrary/First+Aid+Quick+Guide.pdf
Certainly not a comprehensive guide, but has some key information like helpful reminders on how to properly perform CPR on kiddos and babies 👶.

u/Juffo_Wup · 3 pointsr/Hidradenitis

I'm with you on the bandaid adhesive allergy. And yes I can use tegaderm I've actually been using it on the same two areas 24x7 for over a month now after HS surgery on my groin and thigh. It is very expensinve, however I found that you can save a lot of money buy purchasing it in 100 packs from Amazon.com. It's normally about $1 US per sheet at the store in a box of 10 but on that link it's almost 1/4th the price! I actually got Amazon Prime just for this 3 years ago after my first HS surgery and it's paid for itself. They sell larger sized sheets but you can just use multiple ones of these instead and it's more cost effective. Hope this helps you and anyone else save some money!

[Edit] I just wanted to say to anyone else I really love tegaderm this stuff is awesome it's a little tricky to use at first (kind of like how saran wrap is tricky, but not that bad) but it's definitely some awesome stuff and a lifesaver to people like me and IdahoLynxx. I really wish I could tell the world about this stuff. If I put a bandaid or tape on sensitive area of skin I will get a poison ivy like rash and have had the skin rip off when taking off the bandaid but not with tegaderm.

u/Cellophane_Girl · 5 pointsr/selfharm

Always sterilize before and after use. I use rubbing alcohol to clean the blades. I also make sure to toss out blades and get new ones if the ones I am using look dirty or just get old.

As for keeping cuts clean. I generally get in the shower after and let hot water run on the cuts for a while. It seems to help them heal as well.
Dial antibacterial soap is the best soap to use to wash your cuts with. Try to do this 3 times a day if you can. But at least do it once a day when you shower.
Pat your wounds dry, and then apply a triple antibiotic ointment to them, like neosporin. This will help to reduce the chance of infection. I also suggest getting some gauze and paper tape to cover larger areas for the first few days. The gauze will let the wounds breathe but keep things from getting in, and keep your clothes and such from rubbing on your wounds. I have had many times where I would get bits of fuzz in my cuts from my shirts or pants.

Razors can also be made to last longer by taking old jeans and running the razors along them. This link has the method for disposable razors, but you can do it with just blades and things as well. It will help the razors last longer. http://www.ehow.com/how_5709307_sharpen-disposable-razor.html

Always make sure you dry your blade off well after cleaning and keep it in a dry place (wrap it in cloth if you want), to keep it from corroding. And just toss out blades when they get to bad. They are pretty easy and cheap to obtain. I just bought 25 double sided blades off amazon for $4 with free shipping.

As for the gauze I mentioned earlier. I bought 12 rolls of sterile gauze for about $5 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YME9V0/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. They are long and I have been cutting the rolls in 1/2 or 1/3 to use. I wrapped it around my forearm as that is where I have been cutting. But you could also cut some and fold it into a square to tape over other areas.

I hope some of that will be of use to you. It is VERY important to keep your wounds cleaned as well as your instruments. And remember if your cuts start to get red, puffy and warm to the touch that is a sign they may be getting infected so make sure to check them and touch them, and if they look red and puffy and feel warm double your efforts with the cleaning and put more antibiotic ointment on.

Oh, and peroxide is good to use if you have debris in your cuts, like clotted blood or dirt or something. But if there isn't anything in them just use the antibacterial soap as peroxide will slow healing down some because it can open wounds back up some.

Good luck and be safe.

u/kaepora-copernicus · 9 pointsr/EDC

I guess Imgur isn't so friendly on links so I'll put them here as well:

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  2. Morale Patch, "Regular Guy" :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014N0NK7M
  3. MOLLE Grimloc caribiner, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LEEAMXA
  4. Jogalite Reflective Band, White :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KGATL4


  5. Batman button :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00273934C22
  6. GoRuck Sternum Strap, Black :: http://www.goruck.com/molle-sternum-strap-black-/p/GEAR-0001023
  7. Sharpie, Fine, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006IFHD/
  8. MOLLE Web Dominator, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LEEAMXA


  9. Dell Inspiron 13" 7000 :: http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/productdetails/inspiron-13-7378-2-in-1-laptop/dncwsab5104h2


  10. GoRuck Padded Field Pocket, Echo, Black :: http://www.goruck.com/padded-field-pocket-echo-black-/p/GEAR-000368
  11. SanDisk Ultra Fit 3.0 flashdrive, 32G (x2) :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LLER2CS
  12. Sea to Summit Dry Sack, Small (4L), Green :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001Q3KKCS
  13. Rowkin Bit wireless earbuds, Space Gray :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KBQ6GQ4
  14. Kindle Paperwhite, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OQVZDJM6. MOLLE Grimloc caribiner, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LEEAMXA
  15. Dell AC Adapter, 45W, 19.5V (came with laptop) :: http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/productdetails/inspiron-13-7378-2-in-1-laptop/dncwsab5104h2
  16. Building/server card keys, varied
  17. Building/server room keys, varied
  18. REV battery, 4,000mAh :: who knows
  19. Anker PowerCore battery, 10,000mAh :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0194WDVHI
  20. Tzumi PocketJuice Endurace battery, 6,000mAh :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TXBHT7Y
  21. USB to Lightning cable, 4" :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/B010U3XJNG
  22. USB to Micro-B cable, 4" :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003YKX6WM
  23. StarTech USB Ethernet adapter :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095EFXMC
  24. VanQuest FATPACK Gen2, 4x6, Black :: http://shop.skinnymedic.com/FATPack-4x6-Black-Gen-2-Bag-Only-fatpacksmallblk.htm


  25. Uni-Ball Signo 207, Fine, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005HNZ5SW/
  26. BIC Roundstic, Medium, Blue :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010DS4DK6
  27. Sharpie, Fine, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006IFHD
  28. Toothpaste, travel :: Grocery stores
  29. Toothbrush, travel :: Grocery stores
  30. Contact lense case :: Grocery stores
  31. SKYN condom, Original :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TTXA7I
  32. Renu soft lense solution :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016IZ4BO69
  33. Planters NUTrition, Wholesome Mix :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C37SX70
  34. Nail clippers, large :: Grocery stores
  35. LARABAR, Cashew Cookie :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007NMDY38
  36. Visine for contacts :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00099E9D6
  37. Advil, 200mg :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZCT1M2


  38. North American Rescue Compressed Gauze, 4.5" x 4.1 yard :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ED3H778
  39. North American Rescue Pressure Bandage, 6" :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7OCCNC
  40. North American Rescue Bear Claw gloves, Nitrile, Large :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L9W7T1A
  41. Nasopharyngeal Airway (NPA) Tube, 28Fr :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003950R2E
  42. Sharpie, Fine, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006IFHD
  43. Benchmade 7 :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013QVC1Q
  44. Mylar blanket :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007IYIYFE/
  45. North American Rescue Compact HyFin Vent (x2) :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K533FB2
  46. Alcohol prep pad :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MEE2MHK
  47. North American Rescue CAT (tourniquet), 7th Generation :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LCJCBTA


  48. Stealth Gear USA Ventcore, Appendix :: http://stealthgearusa.com/holsters.html
  49. Kershaw Shuffle II :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TAD2P8S
  50. Cardstack Slim Wallet :: https://www.etsy.com/listing/247503194
  51. LAMY Al-Star, Graphite, Fine, Blue :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R309UQ
  52. Field Notes, Graph :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006CQT2KU
  53. Timex Weekender, original Blue/Gray stripe replaced with standard 20mm leather NATO strap :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004VR9HP2, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012UTRAFG
  54. Springfield Armory XD Mod.2 Sub-Compact, 3", 9mm, FDE :: http://www.springfield-armory.com/products/xd-mod-2-3-sub-compact-9mm/
  55. Verizon iPhone 7 Plus, 128G, Black :: https://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/apple-iphone-7-plus
    8+. Otterbox SYMMETRY, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K6PBSK4
  56. Xikar Allume Single, Black :: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KYK11W2
  57. Lightning to 3.5mm adapter :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXJFMGF
  58. Chapstick Classic, Medicated :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004AIECQG
  59. Transcend JetFlash, 128G :: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JKATVM4
  60. Car, House keys
  61. SanDisk Cruzer, 32G :: Who knows
u/winnieginnyjean · 1 pointr/Reduction

stock up HEAVILY on cotton gauze, paper tape, aquaphor, and steri strips. steri strips are amazing. my surgeon placed inch long pieces all along my incisions, and told me to keep them on until they fell off. as they fell off i replaced them with longer pieces because the swelling made me feel like i was going to pop open. i pulled them off in the shower every few days to replace with clean pieces and i wore them for a few weeks after i had my stitches taken out, really until i felt like my skin had come back together. i liked to put bandaid brand gauze pads over my regular thin gauze for cushioning under clothing and to keep aquaphor on the skin. aquaphor will be really helpful in keeping incisions moist so they don't scab but also will help the gauze not stick to any pus or blood within the incisions.
also a nice fan will help keep you comfy and is great for air drying your skin after showers before reapplying tape and gauze (:

i found this bra to be the absolute comfiest. the fabric is thick and soft and the back is mesh for ventilation.

u/loki_racer · 25 pointsr/Dualsport

Last year a buddy and I took a 1300 mile trip around Colorado /r/dualsport ride on a Husqvarna 701 and a Yamaha WR250R. Here's a photo of the gear from last year.

This year we are adding one person (riding a monster, brand new, KTM 1090 Adventure R) to the crew and moving a little farther west to see some of the amazing sites in Utah. I put together a 1500 mile route, and will tack on White Rim Trail (if we can get passes) and wander around in Beef Basin for a bit.

A few of my friends have started using Polar Steps, so I've setup a trip and will try to keep it updated. I also maintain a simple website and will post photos on my flickr account.

Now, on to the fun, because sorting out gear and packing is half the fun of a /r/motocamping trip.

I'm involved in volunteer search and rescue (/r/searchandrescue) so a lot of this gear comes from my callout pack and extended incident command packs. The more experienced riders will notice that I'm lacking any tools, spares, tube slime, etc. I'm fortunate enough to be riding with 2 other riders that are packing all that jazz.

Two mottos:

  1. buy once, cry once
  2. high speed, low drag


u/phnxashes · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Late to the party but I wanted to chime in cause I'm on the second month of my second round of Accutane, currently at 60mg.

Basically your skin profile will change to sensitive, dry and dehydrated and you have to treat it as such, which means a lot of pampering for the next couple of months. I took the general advice of nothing but CeraVe and Aquaphor for my first course and I think I did more damage that way. I switched over to r/AsianBeauty afterwards trying to fix the leftover scars and because of all I've learned over there, my second round is going quite smoothly.

Here's what I do:

  • Rub a 1:4 mix of castor oil & mineral oil all over my face to dislodge all sunscreen and dirt. Mineral oil is just baby oil with no fragrance, which can be irritating (thought you might want to consider baby oil for the rest of your body cause it'll dry out too).

  • Wash off all oil with a low-pH foaming cleanser

  • Apply a hydrating toner. This one has hyaluronic acid in it which attracts moisture to your skin and helps other lotions/creams sink in.

  • Apply Shark Sauce. It has 5% niacinamide which helps fade dark spots and even out your skin tone. It's made by a redditor from the Asian Beauty sub and it works so well and was so popular she ended up quitting her job to make it full time. I can honestly say that it's a godsend when you have the initial breakout because any remaining scars will fade very quickly. It was agonizing to deal with those the first time around.

  • Apply Rosette Aqua Ceramide Gel to heal and protect your skin barrier.

  • Apply Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream

  • Apply sunscreen. This one has a little alcohol in it which dries your skin out but my other products work so well, I don't feel a difference.

    I only do the oil & foam cleanse at night, usually just water in the morning. With this routine I've actually been able to use a couple actives with no problems, mainly Stridex in the red box every other day at the beginning to calm my initial breakout.Another trick I use is I apply a thin layer of Prosacea to affected areas. You can get these two at a CVS or Walgreens. Also, I'm a picker and I found that if I pick and pop something, this routine plus a hydrocolloid bandage on top works miracles: the zit heals faster than it should on Accutane and the mark it leaves behind is gone/significantly faded within two weeks.

    Results: Two months into accutane and my skin shows no signs of dryness. It stays hydrated all day so all I have to worry about is my chapped lips. My scars are fading at a phenomenal rate and I even glow a little from all the moisture. You may find it daunting at first, so maybe start out with the foam cleanser, the toner, the ceramide gel and the sunscreen. I'd also suggest going over to r/AsianBeauty and doing a search for dry, sensitive skin if you want more options.

    I hope this helps and good luck! You'll look and feel amazing afterwards.

    Edit: Supplements! I take fish oil, evening primrose oil and vitamin D.
u/newyearyay · 12 pointsr/Firearms

I would disagree with other users here, building your own kit will save a decent amount of money

What are you looking to put into these IFAKs? Here are some links that a 'basic' would have

4 pack of chest seals $29.19 (one in each kit)

20 count 5x9 combine pads $7.99 (two or so in each kit)

Isreali Bandage (non-amazon link as there have been many issues with amazon selling Isreali bandages and people getting knock-offs, youll want the 4in 'new manufacture' which come in a grey outer pouch, open the outer pouch and put them in the IFAK like that (they are double sealed/this will leave them sealed in a see through rip away plastic which can be used as an occlusive dressing) one in each kit.

2 Hemostatic Gauze $19.97 (open outer pack, put one 'inner' pack in each kit)

12 pack of 2in roller gauze $4.80 (one, maybe two in each kit, can be replaced with a triangular bandage instead)

12 Triangular Bandages (Cravats) $6.80 - these are multi-use, bleeding control, securing a dressing, TQ use etc. most opt not to have them but theyre a great 'multi-use' item I carry in every IFAK (one in each kit)

2 pack trauma shears $9.99 (one in each kit)

2 pack CAT tourniquets $53.98, one reason to go with amazon is the easy returns, which is a double edged sword, a lot of people will buy fake CATs for cheap, purchase real ones for $$ then 'return' the real ones with the cheap fake ones, look up lot codes when you get them if it doesnt look the part return it. Stay away from the thin elastic "pocket tourniquets" (one in each kit)

Rip away IFAK MOLLE pouch $14.99 each, depending on color. I prefer these over just a MOLLE pouch, unbuckle and use or throw to someone else without having to lug w.e. equipment the pouch is attached to - or leave off the MOLLE backing and put inside a pack loose

Personally I dont put airway in my IFAKs but do in a larger kit thats nearby - if you want links to NPAs a pretty good general size to go with would be a 26, dont forget lube or really you can just spit on them. Same with a decompression needle, not going to be in my IFAK.

More importantly than any of this stuff is training, you can do a lot more with training than you can with a 'be all end all kit'. Dont be afraid to adapt a kit to your environment, for example if you're going far away from civilization consider you might do wound packing and need more hemostatic gauze, but if you're right down the street from a hospital you probably wont want to pack a wound with a homeostatic agent but that will depend on the situation.

The purpose of an IFAK is to get you to a larger first aid kit/medical help.

(I purchase medical supplies for the EMS company I work for, Amazon prices are generally cheaper than buying from a distributor unless you're looking to build dozens of these kits and even then certain items will still be cheaper especially factoring in shipping) Any questions feel free to ask

u/naomi_madison · 1 pointr/transgenderUK

So I had quite a few problems with patches (they were still far superior to gel for me ... don't get me started about gel), BUT getting some sort of transparent dressing to put over the top solved all of them.... I use these (https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Tegaderm-Pack-100-Pieces/dp/B000O5YRPU). Makes the whole process much easier. I'd advise either shaving the part you are putting the patch on OR finding a part of your body free of hair (I use my hip and alternate sides)... Anyways best of luck!

u/YouveGotAnts · 2 pointsr/EDC

On person? Small kit consisting of:

  • Compressed guaze
  • Cat Tourniquet
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Couple random band-aids in different sizes

    Skill-set wise I'm confident in my ability to not make things worse. I've taken several classes in first-aid and am first(worst?)-responder certified and have taken a couple additional classes.

    The things I carry don't take up much space and are within the scope of my training. I am fortunate in that I live in the US and have ready access (most of the time) to advanced medical treatment via BLS/ALS and hospitals and I take that into consideration when thinking about what I carry on my person.

    In my vehicle and my bag I carry a couple additional items that could be helpful were I to stumble upon a collision or something like that. My first responsibility is to my family (wife and children) and after that I'm willing to help where I can if necessary. I've also always reasoned that if I'm going to carry tools by which I can punch high-velocity holes in a person from a distance, I should be able to effectively provide aid to deal with those injuries.
u/Somanyeyerolls · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I'm going to start with things to use down there afterwards: FridaBaby makes a peri bottle that seems like it is easier to hold, so I'd recommend one of those. stool softeners. I also bought a TON of witch hazel pads and I kept them in the fridge. I used them at the hospital and then I bought some from amazon to use when I got home. (link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005TM10YE/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1 ) Also, I'd recommend grabbing what you can from the hospital like mesh underwear, huge pads, etc. The padsicles are great. Before you leave the hospital, I'd ask a nurse to show you how to make them.

Hospital bag: chargers, snacks (for your support person as they do not get fed), loose pjs, clothes for if people visit (I wore loose dresses that were nursing friendly... look into that if you do that), some stuff for showers if that interests you, and a going home outfit (in newborn and 0-3 size!) Congratulations on your baby :)

u/MotherRichard · 1 pointr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

This will not work for you scalp, but for all of the other places, I really recommend hydrocolloid bandages. You can cut them to the size of the open wound/scab, sanitize/wash the area, and it will provide a healthy environment for it to heal. You can leave them on while showering and for three days, probably enough time to make a smooth mark instead of a scab. The bandage is strong and if you rub your finger against it, it is smooth to the touch. It will remind you not to pick the scab (it would take more effort to remove the bandage to pick, giving you enough time to think through the consequences of picking.)

I use these on my face while I'm at home, and yes, I've become a bit reliant on them, but they are saving my skin. I can't recommend them enough. The brand I use are these, and again, I just cut them to fit over the spot I want to cover. I've heard good things about other brands too. https://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Tough-Pads-4-Count-2-8/dp/B000VE8E0I

u/pumpandabump · 2 pointsr/diabetes

No worries, I'm happy to answer any questions. The adhesive that the sensor comes with is ok, but it doesn't even last a full week for most people. I like to secure it with Opsite Flexifix. I'm still on the first roll I purchased back in 2015, make sure to get the one that is 4" across. I cut out a patch like this, except I use a tag punch to cut out the center hole (I got mine on ebay for $9). I also use [Patch Peelz] (https://pumppeelz.com/collections/patch-peelz) sometimes. Some people use GrifGrips or Rocktape. Lots of people swim and do all sorts of sports/ physical activity and the extra adhesive helps keep the Dexcom secure. I've heard of people who wear it on their arm using an additional arm band over the sensor/transmitter when playing contact sports to ensure it doesn't get knocked off.

u/peony_chalk · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ok, so first off, stop digging at your feet with an exact-o knife. That's like using a chainsaw to cut drywall.

If you need to physically remove calluses and dead skin, get the right tool for the job: a pumice stone and/or callus rasp/callus shaver. Use these carefully, especially around areas where you've got cuts.

To help the dry parts of your feet heal, moisturize! Silicone/gel socks feel weird (it's like walking on rubber duckies) and make my feet sweaty, but they've done more to soften gnarly calluses than anything else I've ever tried, especially when used regularly and for several hours at a time. (If you aren't afraid of girly colors, there are plenty of other/cheaper options for these on Amazon.) When you aren't wearing the socks, use a lotion or cream like Working Feet or Cerave Foot Cream. Also, ALWAYS wear socks (just like normal cotton socks) when you aren't wearing the silicon socks.

You can also do a foot soak, either with just water, or water plus some bath salts or foot soak stuff. Silicon scar sheets or hydrocolloid bandages might also help with some of the deeper/open cuts you have.

Combine those for several weeks, probably in the order of foot soak, callus shave, moisturize + socks, then more moisturizer after removing, and I'd think you'd see a lot of improvement.

The babyfoot thing is also a good idea for you, but I wouldn't recommend using that until all of your cuts/open wounds have healed. I think the peels are basically acid, and that's probably very painful if you use it on open cuts.

If all of that fails, go see a doctor or podiatrist. Your feet are super important, and if the above interventions aren't helping, I think that's a strong sign your feet need some professional help to get them healed up.

u/workaway24 · 1 pointr/diabetes

>Is it difficult to insert at first?

Depends on where you insert it, but no. I have found that if you go slow it hurts. Get the adhesive in the right place, pinch some skin around it AND GO! Dont be apprehensive.

>How long do you keep a sensor on?

I go 2 weeks per sensor without any difficulties. Could probably go a few more days. Buy yourself some adhesive and use it about a week into a sensor.

>How long does the transmitter last?

The battery will die right around 3 months.

>Any complaints with using the G5 + iPhone app?

I exclusively use the iPhone app and love it. My actual dexcom receiver is plugged in on my night stand as a backup alarm in case I go low while sleeping.

>I'm very lean, will inserting the sensor be especially difficult because of this?

I insert my sensor in the back of my arm all the time. It may be tender/sore for a day or so but that eventually goes away and all is well.

>In general, how accurate can I expect the CGM to be?

Close enough! You will almost NEVER see it right on. Mine is off anywhere from 5-30 points at any given time but thats okay.

Other than insulin (duh) the Dexcom has been the best thing thats happened for my diabetes care. If you use it correctly it will change your control and you will see better A1C results. Use it for trends. Has your glucose been going up for the last 2 hours? Test and bolus. Has it been going down for the last 2 hours? Test and eat. Its not meant to replace finger pricking, just to help you monitor trends and correct based off of that info. I've talked to people who think the point of one is so they dont have to manually test themselves anymore. If you go into it thinking that, you are going to use it correctly. Use it to monitor yourself and supplement for manual testing. Im 34 and use the Dexcom Share app as well. I think its mainly used for parents that have a child who is diabetic. I gave my wife access to my readings. She installed the app on her phone and can check it just like I can. I also set her phone up with a low alert so if I go below 50 mg/dl she gets an alert. That way if we arent together she can call to make sure Im okay or alert someone who is near me that I might be in trouble.

u/Drok_MothLord · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

After Seeing a few friends die in car accidents I decided that I needed serious first aid availability. I have, what I consider, the most important part of car, in between mine, and my passengers legs. It's designed in the idea of the diver's triangle, something I can't seem to find a good link to show. If you draw a triangle, from your shoulders, to your groin, this is basically the area you can reach with a single hand, without body movement. This is the area you want your emergency equipment, because if your car flips, and you are pinned, then your trunk first aid kit will be worthless.
I have the following in the pictures my normal summer set up. Winter includes blankets and food.

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      Under my seat:

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      I keep the seat belt ripper and CAT under my seat because the first part of aid is helping yourself, so you can live to care for others. The duct tape on all of the packages is so the ripping open is easier. You would be surprised how hard it is to open a sandwich bag with your hands covered in blood/car fluids, let alone medical packaging. Also inform your passengers what is between their legs, you might die from the accident, and if they know there is medical saving equipment in your car they could live even without you.
u/SarahSadness · 2 pointsr/MtF

Also, thank you!

Here's what I use:


They used to cost me so much more!

Good luck. Let me know how it goes!💋❤

u/InsaneAmountOfSanity · 2 pointsr/diabetes

I go 2 weeks with each one. Sure they say only go a week but they seem to work for 2 weeks pretty well. I know some people in this sub go quite a bit longer than that. After about 7-8 days the adhesive starts to come up a little bit. I cut a piece of this with a hole in the middle for the transmitter to fit through and stick it right over the current adhesive. Works like a charm!

u/meahoymeyomeh · 0 pointsr/tattoo

idk why you were downvoted but that's pretty much my suspicion. It's looking like Saniderm in the largest size they have might be the best bang for your buck but if you aren't constantly getting giant pieces and it's for personal use and you're not a tattoo artist this would be best https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015TI2ZA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=AGBSKTQNEDHK7&psc=1. I think I read in some blog somewhere that Secondskin isn't as sticky as the other ones? I'm not sure that's true though.

u/BeepBleepBoop · 3 pointsr/diabetes

You absolutely want some medical tape to keep it on. I get about 12-14 days out of each sensor easily if I put Op-site flexifix found here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0015TI2ZA/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1493006572&sr=8-2&keywords=opsite+flexifix

To cut it I use the full width(20 squares) by 14 squares length. Then cut in the middle an 8x5 hole and then round the outer edges. Put it on over the white tape that comes on the sensor. This stuff works wonders and it lasts the full two weeks. I've also seen people putting it on first and the sensor afterwards through a little hole they cut in it but I haven't tried that yet since my way works fine for me.

Also, you don't want to calibrate too often. It'll throw it off if you do it more than 3 times a day, apparently. I'm not sure how true that is.

In the first 12-24 hours you'll have some funny looking trends. They're generally right but usually a bit more "skippy" or "jumpy" because it just takes some time to get it calibrated and going. It's still pretty accurate even at the beginning for me, though.

Finally, call customer support for any questions or problems. They are actually very helpful and will replace sensors if one goes bad or something.

Good luck with it! My dexcom got me down to the 6s for the first time in 9 years!

u/nagurski03 · 1 pointr/preppers

In a mass casualty situation, I would completely ignore anyone that needed CPR and focus on the bleeders. The time you spend giving one person CPR could be used stabilizing a dozen people who are bleeding.

For extremities, the most useful thing is a tourniquet. I prefer one with a windlass like a [CAT] (https://www.amazon.com/C--Combat-Application-Tourniquet-GENERATION/dp/B018R73OWI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468623443&sr=8-1&keywords=gen+7+cat+tourniquet) or [SOFTT] (https://www.amazon.com/Tac-Med-Solutions-SOFTT-W-Tourniquet/dp/B00E3W3BK2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1468623620&sr=8-2&keywords=sof-t) over a [TK4] (https://www.amazon.com/H-Associates-TK4-Tourniquet/dp/B003YHGKF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468623679&sr=8-1&keywords=tk4+tourniquet) or [SWAT] (https://www.amazon.com/SWAT-T-Tourniquet-Black-1-Count/dp/B003IWNOVO/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1468623735&sr=8-2&keywords=swat+tourniquet).

For injuries to the abdomen, armpit, crotch, or neck; you will want a homeostatic agent. [Combat Gauze] (https://www.amazon.com/QuickClot-Combat-Gauze-Z-Fold/dp/B001E1CLTC/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1468623859&sr=8-1&keywords=combat+gauze) is the way to go here, it is much better than powdered QuickClot.

For penetrating chest trauma (also called 'sucking chest wounds'), you need a large, occlusive bandage on both the entry and exit. In clinical testing of chest seals, the [Halo] (https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Medical-Performance-Occlusive-Dressing/dp/B003VSORKC/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1468624256&sr=8-3&keywords=chest+seal) and [Hyfin] (https://www.amazon.com/North-American-Rescue-Hyfin-Chest/dp/B00KQS2NGK/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1468624483&sr=8-1&keywords=hyfin) drastically outperformed the [Asherman] (https://www.amazon.com/Rusch-Inc-849100-Asherman-Chest/dp/B0015TE9N4/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1468624546&sr=8-2&keywords=asherman+chest+seal).

I also personally have a [decompression needle] (http://www.rescue-essentials.com/h-h-needle-decompression-kit-tpak/) to treat tension pneumothorax, but I advise you not to get it unless you have specific training on it.

For general bleeding the [Israeli bandage] (https://www.amazon.com/Israeli-Bandage-Shipped-Israel-Inches/dp/B00JKMPJBY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1468625201&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=israeli+bandage&psc=1) is way better than other bandages.

You will also want an [NPA] (https://www.amazon.com/Nasopharyngeal-Airway-Fr-9-3mm-Surgilube/dp/B003950R2E/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1468625347&sr=8-1&keywords=nasal+pharyngeal+airway) to help keep an open airway.

Edit, I forgot that you are also going to want a good pair of [trauma shears] (https://www.amazon.com/Madison-Supply-Premium-Fluoride-Scissors/dp/B00YFG1U86/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468625730&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=trauma+shears&psc=1).

Some other things to consider are rubber gloves, [Kerlix] (https://www.amazon.com/Original-Kerlix-Sterile-Bandage-Rolls/dp/B00UAULWR0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468626013&sr=8-1&keywords=kerlix), [cravats] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HBG726G/ref=ox_sc_mini_detail?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AR9BYY7RS0Q08), [medical tape] (https://www.amazon.com/Durapore-Medical-Tape-Silk-yards/dp/B000C4O7GC/ref=sr_1_2_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1468626363&sr=1-2&keywords=medical+tape), a [SAM splint] (https://www.amazon.com/SAM-Rolled-Splint-Orange-Blue/dp/B001J5H92C/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1468626238&sr=1-1&keywords=sam+splint), and a [space blanket] (https://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Mylar-Blankets-84-52/dp/B004356WLY/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1468626282&sr=1-1&keywords=space+blanket).

u/gamebofh · 1 pointr/trailrunning

Go get an occlusive dressing and put it on. First, it promotes healing, second it makes it so it doesn't harden up and hurt when you sleep and when it bends. If you go to your local pharmacy, they'll have Tegaderm , that can be a bit pricey but worth it for the lack of pain.

I bought Flexifix from Amazon, and it's amazing. Inexpensive and gets used for a lot of cuts/abrasions around the house.

General advice for these:

  • Yes, they are way different than what you're used to, that's ok.
  • No, your wounds don't "need air" to heal.
  • For large ones (like those) having a pad inside (you can make your own by putting gauze in there or just buy the Tegaderm with them) it will help to absorb the fluid
  • You only need to change them when the start to fall off
  • Use it for one more time than you think you need to. I always think it's fully healed a few days before it is.

    Good luck.
u/DGDrums · 2 pointsr/drums

In the past, I've used gauze roll similar to this and wrapped it around the cymbal a few times. I'd wrap it straight across the cymbal, over the bell, and then the next wrap would be off set from the first wrap. You don't necessarily need to cover the entire cymbal, but if you cover about half of it, you should be good. I found that this stuff mutes the cymbal pretty well, and as a playing surface it doesn't feel too terribly different from a regular cymbal. After wrapping it, just jam it on the cymbal stand and poke the post through the gauze.

u/takes22tango · 3 pointsr/diabetes

I'm afraid I'm not much help with the bleed problem. Have you tried wearing the sensor in an alternate site from the abdomen? There is a lot of movement in the torso area even with out a good jog. I like to wear mine in the back of my arm, I find that it sticks on longer and is more accurate there.

I like to use Skin Tac to get it to stick after the edges start rolling up. I know as far as tape goes there is a kind that's very popular around here, I can't recall the name but I'm sure someone will comment with it :)

Edit: The tape a lot of people seem to like is OpSite Flexifix. I've never tried it since I prefer as little space on my skin covered as possible, but different things work for different people!

u/aloneindankness · 2 pointsr/tattoo

Honestly? My advice is to get saniderm/tatuderm/tegaderm. It's a transparent waterproof dressing. You just slap it on and let it heal. It heals much better, and you don't have to wash and goop it all the time. You can buy it for yourself. My last artist didn't use it, so I just got some myself and applied it when I got home.

Here is the one I got off amazon, but they all have it in Walgreens. It is used for non-tattoo wounds/scrapes.

If you are gonna do it though, make sure you watch some application instructions.

If you don't want to do this, instructions are:

  1. Wash with gentle soap 2-3 times a day. Dr. Bronner's is great.

  2. Let air dry. DO NOT DRY WITH A TOWEL. The fibers can be irritating and carry bacteria.

  3. When it is COMPLETELY dry, apply a thin layer of Aquaphor. Do NOT use neosporin.

  4. Do this in the morning, when you get home from school/work, and before you go to bed. Try not to rub your tattoo on anything, and let it breathe.

    Talk to your artist too.
u/NotSoMeanJo · 2 pointsr/MtF

This is the tape that I use which is great, comfortable, and lasts all day. I've also had some success with swimming as well.

u/yahooligan1111 · 1 pointr/amputee

I'm very sorry about your injury. I'm 5 months out from my accident and still struggling from time to time; it's perfectly normal and gradually it gets better and better.

If you have a choice, I would try to avoid returning to work for the time being. I know you've had a few weeks off and it may not be an option, but returning before you're ready may set you back emotionally. If you don't have a choice maybe you can work some place a little quieter that involves less work with your hands (host/hostess?).

I didn't lose any fingers fully but I did have damage to all four. I found these very helpful but they can be a bit of a bugger to put on by yourself. I'm not sure if they will work for you though. Coban wrap is nice and a less obvious color than the tubular gauze but you have to be careful with how tight you wrap it- it can easily cut off blood flow if you do it too tight. These are probably things you are already familiar with though. I'm sorry I don't have any other suggestions but if you have any questions or just need someone to talk to I'm more than willing to talk/listen/offer any advice I have. Take care.

u/Toptomcat · 1 pointr/KitchenConfidential

Honey helps to heal wounds. Works best if you totally immerse the wound in honey, seal it in with an air-and-watertight dressing, and leave it there:

>Selected honey should be used in sufficient quantities so
that it remains there if diluted with wound exudates. It
should cover and extend beyond the wound margins.
Better results occur when applied on dressing than on
wound. All the cavities should be adequately filled with
honey and occlusive dressing applied to prevent oozing
from the wound...

That's pretty weird.

u/ajdonim · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

These are awesome: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0015TG6MQ?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_pd_title

They work well and stick really well. In fact a couple times I forgot I had one on and washed my face and it didn't come off. They're pretty large, you get multiple sheets, and they are easy to cut into small squares.

u/SmarterTogether · 1 pointr/Colombia

Thank you so so so much for looking! Do you know if that Amazon link can ship to Colombia?

And you are right I was looking at the wrong thing originally, it looks like a box of 10 should cost $37

Also, I really appreciate the offer of bringing her the items, that is very considerate of you!

Looks like for now I'm going to try and sign up for that rumbos express shipping company.

u/Wmubronco · 1 pointr/diabetes

I had this REALLY bad issue with dexcom. Literally same thing it was really red/itchy and then it would scab and take forever to heal. I had to give my stomach a break for a bit and started looking at other sites for my sensor (back of arms for dex, love handles and thigh for infusion sets). These are kind of expensive but I put this between my skin and the sensor and haven't had one problem since. http://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Tough-Pads-4-Count-2-8/dp/B000VE8E0I/ref=pd_bxgy_hpc_text_y

Try those out and see if they help, they saved my dexcom relationship!

u/EverydayKawaii · 8 pointsr/BabyBumps


Birchwood Laboratories A-E-R Pre-Moistened Witch Hazel Pads, 80 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005TM10YE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_32wMDbNA60N9G

The hospital should give you a tub but you’ll want more.

This is a just personal favorite of mine:

Herbal Perineal Spray by Earth Mama | Safe for Pregnancy and Postpartum, Natural Cooling Spray for After Birth, Benzocaine and Butane-Free 4-Fluid Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0065ZTKWS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_C4wMDbSDKTWGS

Used for all 3 pregnancies.

u/DoNotApply · 1 pointr/climbing

(Nurse here) The steroid cream will just reduce inflammation, thus it makes sense that the 'rash' returns often (if there is nothing to cure, it's just a skin abrasion) . Once your shoes are fully broken in, this shouldn't be a problem, but that can take a lot of time. In the mean time, a Tegaderm dressing over the problem area should help as this dressing acts like a second skin so it will take the front of shoe attack without affecting the tightness or function of the shoes (note: I don't work for Tegaderm, but have many friends that have sung the praise of Tegaderm for problem shoes (high heels, etc..) and have been impressed how well the dressing holds on patients). Link for Tegaderm: http://www.amazon.com/Tegaderm-Transparent-Dressing-Picture-Package/dp/B0009Q2OMW/ref=sr_1_2?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1453813981&sr=1-2&keywords=tegaderm

u/samantha_rosie · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Thanks for the suggestions :) I'll drop by a few of the stores around me that carry Asian skincare items because I know I've seen that Softymo one around. I wear a good amount of makeup every day.

I have used the Nexcare bandages before and they worked amazingly! It was so expensive for just a few bandages though, so I decided to try this brand of hydrocolloid bandages from Amazon. Hopefully they work just as well, because with the amount of acne I have it's not affordable for me to use the Nexcare brand ones! I'm so terrible about picking; everyone in my family are pickers, actually! My aunt even asks to pop my pimples and squeeze my sebaceous filaments whenever she notices them :( She refuses to listen to any skincare advice not off Pinterest though, ugh.

I've been thinking of trying Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I just haven't pulled the trigger on purchasing it yet.

u/the_superfantastic · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I swear by the Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Tough Pads; they're the only ones that have been strong enough for me to use through the night and stay on during my morning workouts (yes, I go to the gym with them on - or put on a new one - to protect them from gym sweat/more bacteria).

Sometimes I'll lance and it forms a larger whitehead the next day. I think that means it's just bringing everything to the surface, and I need to clean the wound/change the bandage and leave it on a bit longer. I wear them throughout the day when I can. It might take a few days to actually deflate.

Make sure to change pillowcases each night, too!

u/c_danielle_c · 4 pointsr/piercing

I used these and loved them! They are what we use where I work to cover the insertion site for an IV. This size was just perfect!

3m Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing 2.375" x 2.75"/Picture Frame Style/Package of 20 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009Q2OMW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_9ciLBbDG137VB

u/pm_me_ur_garrets · 4 pointsr/scacjdiscussion

I don't think drying lotions behave all that similarly to acne patches - a drying lotion will mostly just dry out the surface of a pimple, whereas an acne patch absorbs the pus while maintaining a moist environment, which helps promote healing.

Have you considered switching to large hydrocolloid bandages like this? You can cut small patches out of the large squares. I think they're a bit more cost effective than acne patches, if less convenient.

u/choco_leibniz · 1 pointr/eczema

Sure thing:

Tegaderm roll

Duoderm hydrocolloid dressings

I think the tegaderm comes in narrower rolls that might be more appropriate for hands/fingers; I do a fair amount of yard work / gardening that results in lots of scratches on my arms/legs so I find it useful to buy the wider rolls to cover that kind of stuff as well.

u/Double__tap · 12 pointsr/gundeals

I'm not sure if you're trolling or not, but I'll help you out here. I'll even use amazon since it's quicker.

Swat-t https://www.amazon.com/SWAT-T-Tourniquet-Black-1-Count/dp/B003IWNOVO 11.49

Gauze: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JD4A5IA/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d 11.49

Tape https://www.amazon.com/Durapore-Medical-Tape-Silk-yards/dp/B000C4O7GC/ref=zg_bs_8404663011_12?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=QH1JDQTVJ9DAAH595SNJ&th=1 3.28

Steristrips if you'd prefer (10 pack of 6 strips) https://www.amazon.com/3M-Steri-Strip-reinforced-Skin-Closures/dp/B004WFXCSQ?th=1 6.69

Chest seal- https://www.amazon.com/North-American-Rescue-Hyfin-Chest/dp/B00KQS2NGK?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_2 17.31

Nitrile gloves (100 pack and medium for my dainty hands) https://www.amazon.com/Nitrile-Exam-Gloves-Disposable-Convenient/dp/B00KE233NU/ref=zg_bs_15755331_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=2YRD2VERY40B0EA2DPBM 9.98


Grand total 53.55 (60.24 if you want the steristrips plus this will leave you with extra for additional FAK's). Now if you wanted to get fancy and add in the combat gauze/quickclot, that's where you'll spend some change. TBH though a good pressure dressing (properly applied) is going to do pretty damn well for most people's uses.

u/Griphmeister · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Blister bandages(hydrocolloids) or other acne patches (there are 2 kinds, tiny hydrocolloids, and little patches with acne medication on them) really help me with not picking. I use sterile lancets to gently poke a small hole in any whiteheads that I have, then I put the hydrocolloids on them and leave it on overnight or longer if I can. The hydrocolloids draw out and absorb fluid, so normally by morning they've absorbed most or all of what was in there.

For acne that isn't a whitehead I tend to use the other kind of acne patch to help keep from messing with it, the medicated acne patches are not good for absorbing fluid from whiteheads though. Also links are just for examples so you know what I'm talking about, I'm not recommending any specific product.

u/privateprblms · 2 pointsr/childfree

This is what I used: http://www.amazon.com/Tegaderm-Transparent-Dressing-2-375-Picture/dp/B0009Q2OMW/

The clear Nexcare waterproof bandaids are really good too. I used them when I had a mole removed and would highly recommend them if you want something with the dressing built in already (they make larger sizes that should cover the whole belly button area).

u/wicksa · 3 pointsr/nursing

You could maybe try a non stick dressing like a telfa cut to size, taped on with medical tape or a tegaderm and maybe wrap some gauze wrap around it and secure with more tape. Or even keep using the bandaids, throw a tegaderm on top of them and wrap a thin layer of the gauze around them to help keep them on.

Foot dressings are tough, especially on someone who needs to actually walk around on the affected foot. It's been a little while since I have dealt with dressings that aren't for c-section incisions, and I am not an expert on warts, so some other nurses might have some better ideas.

u/seanthenry · 1 pointr/Frugal

I recommend getting Tegaderm They are great it's a flexible water proof dressing. I have used them over stitches and in places that band-aids will not stick to such as around joints or any place that stretches.

u/AngelusLilium · 2 pointsr/MtF

Here is my TransProTip: topical anesthetic + dressing

It works incredibly well for blood work, estradiol valerate injections, electrolysis (though you're going to need to use cellophane or a giant dressing), tattoos and piercings.

The dressing acts like a second skin to keep the cream from evaporating and folds very well so the inside of your elbow is just fine.

u/rsholman · 1 pointr/diabetes

I put on the sides of my stomach (think love handle area) and put Mastisol (like SkinTac) on first, then the sensor and then layer over it with Tegaderm (I bought a roll of 11 yards) it keeps it secure for two weeks and I work out and sweat every day

u/lomlslomls · 3 pointsr/preppers

This. You might purchase a decent off-the-shelf kit and then augment it with more/better items such as pain relievers, anti diarrheal, benadryl or similar. Pads and rolled gauze (these things are VERY useful in a kit).

You might consider a good first aid book and even things like scalpels, hemostats and sutures. Quick Clot and even a tourniquet to stop blood loss.

I keep a bottle of water in my kits as well, you will likely need some water to clean wounds, etc.

Of all the things in my kit I tend to use band aids, ACE bandages, cold compresses and meds the most.

u/KellyJoyCuntBunny · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I usually just grab them at the store, but ordering stuff is fun, isn’t it?
Here you go. It’s just Amazon, but I bet that’s a decent price.

u/notoneofyourfans · 1 pointr/sex

It's usually gonna bleed a lot. And then it burns and feels like electric shocks are going through it whenever you touch it for the next couple of weeks. Then it is usually fine. It may tear a few times in the next little while even if you are careful due to nocturnal erections (which you can't really control). I didn't even go to a doctor. I just peeled back the foreskin and put a piece of tefla around the entire glans held in place by tape until it healed. The only complications that I can see happening is it healing back even shorter, giving you a short frenulum, chordee type effect with each erection. If that happens, sometimes you can stretch it back out yourself over time, or you may end up needing a frenulectomy or frenuloplasty. I'd hate to have to do that because that delta of nerves along the underside of the glans is extremely nerve rich. But even if you have to do a frenulectomy, do not let them circumcise you. They will absolutely want to, usually if you are American. American doctors hate to pass up an opportunity to lop off a foreskin. Go for the frenulectomy without the circumcision. It absolutely is an option. If your doctor refuses to do that, shop around and find another doctor.

u/milky_donut · 2 pointsr/diabetes

Are the bumps itchy? If so I would not try to exfoliate it as could irritate it more especially if there is skin breakage. I usually use oils (Jojoba, avocado, evening primrose) to help my skin get back to normal in addition to hydrocortisone cream and spraying Flonase in the area. The only time I add exfoliation (AHA) is after the skin has healed over (not scabbed) so that it can help aid skin turnover.

Lately my skin has also been breaking due do getting an allergic reaction from Opsite; I started getting reactions from the Dexcom adhesive and used Opsite to hold it down but can't do that anymore. So now I spray Flonase on my skin (let it dry), lay a Johnson & Johnson Tough Pad, and place my Dexcom sensor on top of that, and secure that in place with KT tape (instead of Opsite). This seems to be working better and I am not getting a bad reaction as I was before. I can't even use my stomach either so now I use the back of my arms. Also tried thighs but that was really bad and am healing my skin there now...

I would rotate sites more frequently too as others have said and when removing make sure you're getting all the adhesive off. Unisolve works really well for this to get the bits you may have missed.

u/citizengerm · 1 pointr/diabetes

The pod is amazing.

You should try this.

Holds better than the other stuff. At least I think it does for my 3 year old.

u/alienman · 3 pointsr/toddlers

I'd try a hydrocolloid dressing that you can cut to the right size. It seals the wound in its own moisture and keeps out air. It's also waterproof and, if you get the right one, doesn't fall off for days. Get a very, very, thin one. Not a thick blister bandaid that you'll see in the store. The thin ones seem to stay on the face better for me and they are easier to cut into the right size and shape. The moisture sealed in prevents scabbing and will therefore not itch so much. And the wound will heal with minimal scarring. This stuff is a godsend.

u/Xenocidegs · 1 pointr/diabetes

I stronly recommend Smith Opsite tape Amazon Link

It lasts forever and helps my sensors work for 2weeks + easily. Also after your sensor expires for the first time just hit start sensor and keep going. The sensor is usually more accurate the second week in my experience.

u/bumpyrun · 1 pointr/infertility

These are the patches I got and the Emla was ~$53 for 30ml at the Costco pharmacy... which is quite a but cheaper than at Shoppers Drug Mart. You have to ask the pharmacist for the cream, but no prescription is required. 😊

There's a 5% Lidocaine cream available on Anazon too, but I went with the Emla because the cost difference was minimal.

u/DiDgr8 · 1 pointr/asktransgender

The spider veins aren't from taking estradiol sublingually. If you keep the same (or higher) dose with patches, you'll still see them.

My only issue with patches was getting them to stick (I've got oily skin) when I perspired. I wound up using things like this over them to keep them on and they are pretty obvious.

Since then (it's been a decade since I used patches), I found this that might work too. It tears very easily but sticks very well.

u/monsteri · 1 pointr/diabetes

I just get these Tegaderm patches and they work great. No issues under hockey gear, rolling over in bed etc. And for the price and ease of use a simple way to extend the sensor to 3+ weeks

u/brideebeee · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Most of the pimple patches are simply precut thin hydrocolloid bandages. You can save a lot of money making your own by buying large thin hydrocolloid dressings sold for wound care online and cutting them down to patch size.

For example:
ConvaTec DuoDERM Extra Thin CGF Dressings 4 X 4 Inches 187955 10 Each

u/varys2013 · 1 pointr/asktransgender

I've been using patches for a couple of months now. I've had a couple times where one didn't stick well. There are breathable transparent patches (Tegaderm) that will cover them and hold them on well, if you get one that's not holding. Wiping the application area first with some alcohol helps. Don't apply consecutively in the same spot.

They also get a gray ring of lint or something at the edges where the adhesive is a bit exposed. It is easily removed with Hollister's Medical Adhesive Remover patches.

u/Wincal308 · 7 pointsr/ProtectAndServe

Yeah, they got rid of the powder the first ones caused too much tissue burn and there was a risk of the powder entering the blood stream and causing much bigger problems.

They now make a gauze that can be packed into wounds. I have heard it works well... but admittedly I have never tried it myself.

I have also heard good things about the Olaes bandage. Was recommended to me by a SWAT medic. It also costs less.

Again... I am not a medic but this is what I am hearing from some of the guys who are paid to know these things.

u/Ketchupkitty · 2 pointsr/alberta

As someone that has spend allot of time with our health-care system the last 4 months one of the biggest things I think they could get better at is not wasting supplies.

No one seems to give a shit about wasting supplies, they fuck up and its just "oh well get a new one". If they used the old saying measure twice, cut once it would probably save tens of millions per year.

The other thing that boggled me was being sent home a huge bag of medical supplies when I got home because its that or throwing them out. When they bring supplies into your room they can't be taken out and used on something else even if they are sealed. This might make sense to a point but could probably be solved easily by not bringing more supplies then needed. They sent me home with a whole box of tegaderm because it entered my room.

u/Lausannea · 2 pointsr/diabetes

This is the one I use myself. It's waterproof and it's the smallest size that leaves plenty of room to apply my infusion sets on top. A Libre sensor should be fine on top of this too. Does this help?

u/kawausokoi · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use DuoDerm and cut them to fit. They last forever and I've found they stay on better.

u/PriusCop · 7 pointsr/securityguards

I wouldn’t recommend buying a “prebuilt” IFAK. They can get very expensive when you can build your own for half the price.


u/Unsoluble · 8 pointsr/diabetes_t1

FYI you can get 11 yards of 4” OpSite on Amazon for $21.

u/CL_3F · 5 pointsr/bugout

Always better to build one yourself.

Here's mine. Might give you some ideas.

6x6 Med Pouch (Modified with fingernail polish)

  1. Personal prescription meds inside quart ziploc for additional water resistance.
  2. 2x 4inch Gauze rolls
  3. 8x 4x4 sterile gauze pads
  4. 2x tampons 2x menstrual pads (these are meant more for backups for wife rather than wound care)
  5. 4x pair sterile surgical gloves
  6. 4x 4x4 tegaderm
  7. various butterfly closures and bandaids
  8. 1x triangle bandage
  9. Immodium & Pepto tabs
  10. Tylenol
  11. [redacted because people lack reading comprehension and I'm not going to debate it.]
  12. 2x Epi Pen (These are in case I have a run in with sunflower seeds.)
  13. 10x Alcohol swab
  14. Burn gel (the lidocane is good for more then just burns.) x10
  15. Antibiotic ointment x10
  16. Sting wipes x10
  17. 1x tweezers
  18. 1x tick remover
  19. Medipore tape
  20. Clotting Sponges
  21. Shears
  22. Israeli Bandage x2
  23. Chest Vent
  24. CAT Gen3
  25. SAM splint
  26. Hibiclens
  27. Mini USB light
  28. Bic Pen

    Not all of this fits inside the med pouch itself. It's meant for quick access to the critical items.
u/PeppermintFlowers · 1 pointr/infertility

I don't do either. I have these things I got on Amazon that are freaking amazing. Tegaderm 1624W Transparent Film Dressing they stick on so perfectly that those patches do not move and no water gets inside

u/MDFrankenstein · 3 pointsr/AskDocs

Silver Alginate (Antibacterial Alginate with Silver) 4.25"x4.25" Sterile; 5 Dressings Per Box (1) (4.25" X 4.25") (1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6LR5X5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_BV1dzbQ2VNA9Z

These should be good. Dont need bacitracin

u/worskies · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've tried the Nexcare bandages and you're totally right. They don't stick very well to your face and I too would find them on my bed in the morning. I bought these, and not only do they stick to your face way better than Nexcare, they are a much better value. They're 4x4, so you have to cut them, but I think I've only gone through two full ones since I bought them last June.

u/chicgeek9 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

These ones are absolutely the best. Expensive at first but they will last a looong time

u/Axle13 · 1 pointr/diabetes_t1

I use tegaderms (the 100 count box is the same price as the 50 on amazon.ca, https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0055AGR7U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_wDsXBb6KMKBZJ ) Those simpatches are just way too pricey.

I cut a circle of paper about the same size as the sensor, stick it in the middle of the tegaderm and put that on. If I need to replace the tegaderm it makes getting it off a lot easier, still got to be careful though and work it off slowly if you cut your cicle a bit small). Summer time, I usually end up using two or three tegaderms depending on how humid it is. And with weather like we have right now, I didn't need one at all. (I watch for the edges to start peeling and when they do, time to put a tegaderm over it.)

u/basaro2basara · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

I run, and lift weights. With my patches being generics, they fall off when I sweat. So I secure them with tegaderm. They stay on even after running a half marathon.

u/strocknar · 52 pointsr/EDC

Maxpedition individual first aid pouch

zipper pocket:

u/and4eva · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I just buy the blister dressing ones on Amazon. They're huge and I cut to need. A pack lasts me 18 months with 5 white heads a week!

u/RatherSleepIn · 6 pointsr/popping

Go to the derm and get a cortizone shot. If that's not possible then put a warm washcloth on it till a white head appears, then poke it with a needle, and then put a hydrocolloid bandage on it.

u/Chicken_beard · 1 pointr/diabetes

These two products are the most commonly recommended for adhesive issues:
Flexifit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015TI2ZA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Skin Tac: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LZUWP6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Edit: I bought both when I went on the Ominpod and Dexcom but have yet to need each so I can't vouch for their effectiveness personally.

u/Eyes_Tee · 3 pointsr/niceguys

Sorry about you being laid off. That really sucks.

The routine isn't anything special--it's a simplified version of some advice I found over at /r/SkincareAddiction. You should go there if you're looking to really get into it. I intentionally kept it simple just so that I more easily keep up with it.

I mostly concentrated on my face, since I'm really prone to getting acne. In the evenings, I'll wash my face with Cerave Foaming Cleanser and exfoliate with Stridex pads. Wait for that to dry while I brush my teeth and then moisturize with Cerave cream. Wait for that to set in while I floss and put my hair up, and then I use a spot treatment on whatever acne I'm developing. Change my pillowcase every other day. In the mornings, it's the same thing minus the exfoliating pads and spot treatment. For the rest of my body, I just moisturize with cocoa butter lotion twice a day.

Like I said, it's not much. But it's a big step forward when you used to just wash your face once a day and leave it at that. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

u/Sensitive_Wallaby · 1 pointr/preppers

So you mean something that includes this or this

u/ElenaAgg · 3 pointsr/asktransgender

In the UK is kinda cheap:

Tegaderm Transparent Dressing 6 cm x 7 cm (Box of 20) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0009Q2OMW

u/alarmfan · 1 pointr/diabetes

for my Dexcom, I shave wherever I am placing it and don't need any adhesive for first 10-14 days. If sensor is still working, I use this OVER the sensor (cut a small square hole)


u/babymomma87 · 5 pointsr/pregnant

They usually give you a tub of like 50 at the hospital but you use about 3 per pad at the beginning so I found the same ones on amazon:

BIRCHWOOD LABORATORIES A-E-R Pre-Moistened Witch Hazel Pads, 80 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005TM10YE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_wyB6BbVXKFVR9

u/Citysaurus · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

Amazon has lots of options or you could make your own with witch hazel and cotton rounds: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005TM10YE/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_xA5tzbA99G3GJ

u/magicfitzpatrick · 8 pointsr/bjj

I work in the ER and your situation can be very tricky. You should be carrying something called quick clot in your gym bag.

QuikClot Advanced Clotting Gauze | Kaolin, Hemostatic First Aid Combat Gauze Pads to Stop Bleeding Fast | (2) 3-in x 24-in Gauze Strips https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HJTH5L2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_fDj1CbXZGG33Y

u/Charlemagneffxiv · 3 pointsr/wma

This is a great question more clubs should probably think about.

Answers given so far have mostly focused on minor injuries like bruising that can be treated with ice packs and pain killers, which comes with all types of first aid kits.

What you should really specifically prepare for though is the worst case scenarios. While it should be rare for anyone to be seriously injured during training sessions, accidents can happen. As an example, a feder blade snapping and the now sharp jagged edge flying off to strike someone in the chest, arm, leg or even face.

So you want QuikClot https://www.amazon.com/QuikClot-Advanced-Clotting-Kaolin-Strips/dp/B00HJTH5L2/ in your kit, but also some of the powder itself to pour directly into the wound if the sponges aren't able to stop the bleeding (probably because an artery was hit) https://www.amazon.com/WoundSeal-Powder-Each-Pack-Woundseal/dp/B015RY2EDE/

Now if someone is stabbed in the thigh or arm and an artery is pierced, clotting agent alone won't be enough. You'll also want to apply a tourniquet as quickly as possible to stop them from bleeding to death. Having a pre-made tourniquet like these is a good idea https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0719KW959/

If the blade exits the wound it would also be a good idea to be able to close the wound quickly. While you can stitch it up, depending on the wound size you may be able to apply a ZipStitch which is significantly faster at closing a wound since it doesn't require having to needle and thread. https://www.amazon.com/ZipStitch-Laceration-Kit-Surgical-Home/dp/B07KBFVHY6/

Also given the gear we wear tends to get an athlete very hot it would not be a bad idea to have an IV kit on hand to deal with heat exhaustion injuries which CAN kill a person if they are dehydrated enough. I've seen soldiers make the poor mistake of drinking coffee early in the morning (or worse, do heavy drinking the night before) and then go have an intense workout, and pass out from heat exhaustion and need an IV applied. It wouldn't surprise me if the same kind of injury occurs among civilian non-professional athletes who don't hydrate properly before a sparring session. However applying IVs is not for a novice, and requires someone who has been properly trained to perform them. I also wouldn't recommend purchasing a kit from Amazon because the needles need to be cared for delicately, else they can actually scrape against the plastic protector and get pieces of plastic on the needle head which you then inject into a person's bloodstream and can put them into cardiac arrest. IVs are serious business, and you should have taken a course in advanced first aid for how to apply one before you attempt something like this (I had Combat Lifesaver training in the Army, so I have had this training. Speaking from experience here). I would not trust someone working at Amazon to care for the needles properly. Get an IV kit from a local medical supplier.

The last item I would recommend adding to a first aid kit is a chest seal gauze for what is called a 'sucking chest wound'; basically any time the chest is pierced you have a special kind of wound that will cause air to be sucked into the wound, and left untreated for even a little bit of time will result in a collapsed lung. Applying one of these correctly and in a timely fashion is a good idea to prevent this from happening https://www.amazon.com/North-American-Rescue-Hyfin-10-0015/dp/B003VSQDQS/ until paramedics can arrive and give the person some oxygen and take them to the ER for surgery.

These items are rarely included in first aid kits, even the most expensive ones. This is why I specifically mention purchasing these items and adding them to your kit. First aid kits will often have gauze and bandages, but not clotting agents or pre-made tourniquets, etc

I actually carry clotting agent and QuikStitch in my feder bag's outer pouch just in case something goes wrong. It never has, which is a good thing, but if something goes awry it's something I want to have on hand.