Various Types of Adhesive Bandages

Adhesive Bandages
Adhesive Bandages

Remember those beautifully colored strips of tape that you find splayed across the bodies of athletes? They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. You may have wondered why these athletes fancied them and whether the tapes were useful in their position.

Would it shock you to find out that athletes are not the only ones that use this tape? In fact, you may have used another of its type at some point. Think back to when you visited the hospital.

These tapes are called adhesive bandages, and they come in different types. Each type also has features that vary from brand to brand.  You are about to find out more about adhesive bandages and their types, so keep reading!

Adhesive Bandages

Self Adhesive Medical Tape are fabrics with adhesive backing. The name is derived from their ability to stick to other surfaces, like skin. They are often used for protection, support, and recovery.

There are various types of adhesive bandages based on their substrates. Let’s dive right into that.

The Different Types: Based on Substrates

Plastic –

Plastic adhesive bandages are made from strong, sheer, ventilated plastic coated with a long-lasting adhesive. This is the most common type of adhesive bandage, which makes sense because it is also the least expensive. It is gentle, elastic, and pliable. These bandages often feature a non-stick pad for comfort and fluid absorption.

Fabric –

Flexible adhesive fabric stretches and conforms to body contours for effective and comfortable protection. It offers maximum conformability and durability. The full adhesive coverage around the island wound pad secures the bandage and provides a protective seal. Even under the fabrics, there are different subcategories:

  • Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

These pliable fabric bandages offer a poly-material blend and an A-rated level of elasticity. The stiffer weave offers a better grip and more extendable wear. The full adhesive coverage around the island wound pad secures the bandage and provides a protective seal.

  • Soft Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

The soft, flexible fabric blend offers wearers a comfy feel, while the highly absorbent non-sticky pad protects the wound or injury. The long-lasting adhesive is safely and easily removed. Hampton Adams is one of the few companies that offers soft, flexible fabric with the best peel feel.

  • Heavyweight Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

Put together using a durable fabric weave; the heavyweight flexible fabric provides water resistance and convenience. The ever-domineering adhesive provides long-term wear, while the highly absorbent pad will not stick to the wound, abrasion, or injury.

  • Lightweight Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

Designed to provide a massage feel protection, the soft woven material of the lightweight, flexible fabric bends easily and conforms to the body, staying on even when you’re wet.

Foam –

Foam adhesive bandages offer comfort and durability in wet or dry conditions. It absorbs wound fluid and creates a soft gel, maintaining a moist wound environment and reducing the risk of maceration.

  • Super Flex Foam Adhesive Bandages

Super Flex adhesive bandages provide maximum massage feel and padding. Popular for being gentle and pliable, the foam material stretches and bends to the body’s movements, providing long-lasting adhesion that gently sticks to the skin. The Super Flex is also elastic and malleable.

Tricot –

This is made from more than one substrate; cloth fibers are woven within the plastic, offering the benefits of both a plastic and fabric bandage. Tricot adhesive bandages are flexible enough to wear every day without tearing. Because of their elastic property, they easily conform to the skin for maximum comfort. Also, their superior sticking power keeps the bandage in place.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing Adhesive Bandages

At a glance, buying adhesive bandages may seem like an easy task, but it requires careful assessment. This is because there are too many options and several factors to consider. Why are there so many options? How do you determine which bandage is the best? Let’s walk you through the answers to all your questions.

1.   Adhesion

Find an adhesive bandage that can stick firmly to your skin but won’t damage it. One frequently reported problem with adhesive bandages is their strong engagement with the skin. This causes severe pain to the patient during removal. It seems to tear off their skin and whatever hair is present. The kind of glue and the production process are partly responsible for this.

This is why we have conducted an experiment called a peel test at Hampton Adams. With our peel test — used to determine the force required to remove the bandage from the skin, tissue, or other adhesive tapes — we have been able to determine the best adhesive strength for our products at Hampton Adams.

2.   Air Permeability

This is also known as breathability. Air permeability is the ability of a material to allow moisture and air to pass through it.  Adequate air permeability creates the ideal conditions for healing.

Going further into this, you should also assess the color, quantity, concentration, odor, and nature of wound secretions (exudates). The bandage may absorb the drainage or increase the moisture of the wound bed; Some bandages can do both. Hampton Adams offers an odorless and breathable self-adherent wrap for people and pets.

3.   Durability

Another thing you should note is durability. You can ensure the longevity of a bandage by looking at its components and checking whether there is a guarantee on the product. 

You should also consider the difference between clear, sheer, and plastic bandages. If you want the bandage to be less noticeable, then clear is the way to go. Plastic bandages are pliable, gentle, and durable, while sheer bandages discreetly offer wound care.

Why Hampton Adams?

At Hampton Adams, we offer medical grade bandages with impressive adhesive strength, made in a sterile medical grade facility. Each individually-wrapped roll is produced to the same high standards used in the best hospitals.

Our products are easy to apply and remove, not discarding our peel test record. They are latex-free and produced with convenience and safety in mind.

We have sanitary, non-elastic bandages that work on pets, too. Their gentle and ergonomic construction allows your pets the freedom to move, run and play without any restrictions or discomfort. They also have a built-in non-slip grip that prevents them from slipping off.

Our completely odorless bandages are adherent without any odor or sticky residue. They are also breathable, making them the perfect choice for athletes with sporting injuries.

Some tapes leave sticky residue on your skin which can sometimes be removed by rubbing it with a moisturizer or baby oil. However, you do not have to go through that stress with Hampton Adams. Our wrap is adherent without any odor or sticky residue.

At Hampton Adams, we provide customers with a solution to a very old problem via a much-needed product. We offer a full refund if you are not satisfied with your order; this is how much we trust our products. Thanks to this, we have over 500,000 happy customers.

We provide premium quality to advance your ability to do what you love. We are confident we have the range of products to cover your needs. Reach out to us today, and we will get in touch with you.

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