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We have listed some frequently asked questions and answers about our plasters below.
No, our plasters are entirely latex/natural rubber free. However we do use a latex based adhesive in our individual plaster packaging sleeves. Anyone with an extreme latex sensitivity is advised to avoid touching the products.The exceptions are plaster strips and all hydrocolloid plasters that are not sealed in this kind of paper wrapping. Also wound- cleansers, sterile dressings and elastic bandages are entirely free from packing material with latex/natural rubber.
Plasters are defined as medical technology products and are therefore subject to a specific EU Directive. All products that are released on the market must have undergone a number of tests to show that they are safe to use on skin. If they meet these requirements, they can be labelled “hypoallergenic”. However, this does not guarantee that a small number of individuals can suffer a skin reaction when they use plasters, in the same way that some people are allergic to certain foods. Skin irritations are also often of a purely mechanical nature and arise when the plaster is pulled off and the top layer of skin follows with it.
The plasters are made of polyurethane, a plastic material, although it is imperforate, it allows the skin to breathe.
What are plasters made of and what types of adhesive and other materials are used in your various different plasters?
Generally speaking, a plaster is made of a plaster film coated with an even layer of adhesive and an absorbent wound pad centred on the plastic film. The adhesive coated surface is covered by two partially overlapping silicon strips. Most plasters come in a protective sealed paper sleeve.
Hydrocolloid is a modern material that feels like a flexible extra skin. Hydrocolloid plasters absorb moisture from the skin and create a supporting cushion that relieves pressure and protects against friction. The material only allows a certain amount of moisture to pass through and helps create a moist environment round the wound that stimulates the healing process. This helps the wound heal without forming a scab reducing the risk of scarring.