Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters In The USA
BlisterPod Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters are a sterile hydrophilic gel dressing used to expedite blister healing. Comparable to Compeed, these plasters produce some of the best healing conditions for weepy, deroofed blisters. The protective layer mixes with the body’s natural regenerative fluids to form a gel, ensuring the skin returns to full strength quicker to get you pain-free sooner. One plaster can last up to a week! You can now find BlisterPod Hydrocolloid blister plasters in the USA.
How BlisterPod Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters Function
Hydrocolloid blister plasters have a rubbery texture and are somewhat transparent. The exposed bed of the blister produces an exudative fluid that mixes with the gel of the applied plaster and turns white. This white coating indicates that the blister is healing, and is an excellent facilitative barrier for the underlying skin to repair itself. Robust and resilient skin will develop rather than a dry, irritating, and brittle scab. The time to change is when the swelling white gel mixture reaches the edge of the blister plaster, at which point the protective barrier becomes compromised and must be replaced. In addition, while water-proof, the plaster permits gas exchange to maintain breathability for the healing wound.
Take note of the expansion of white gel during the healing process – this is a key factor in deciding when to replace a dressing.
What’s So Bad About Scabbing?
Scabs dry out and make it difficult to heal. They are not regenerating skin, but a rough scaffold the body uses to hide its unhealed self under. Scabs can double healing time and can be dislodged leaving the wound susceptible to infection. As such, measures should be taken to prevent their formation when possible. Hydrocolloid blister plasters with their hydrophilic underside provide the perfect fix.
How does BlisterPod compare to other brands?
Other hydrocolloid blister plaster brands in the USA include:
- Band-Aid Advanced Healing
- White Cross
1) Exceptional Durability
Designed for athletes, BlisterPod Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters are engineered for performance. They provide beveled edges, good adhesion, a moderate stretch, are 100% waterproof, and provide cushioning and protection from additional trauma for up to a week.
2) Safety is our Priority
Our dressings are 100% sterile, latex-free, and hypoallergenic for your peace of mind.
Most of all, we’re 100% transparent on the limitations of hydrocolloid blister plasters, no matter what the brand.
Firstly, we’re transparent on what blisters these shouldn’t be used on. Only use hydrocolloids for healing deroofed blisters. Using them on an intact blister will adhere to and weaken the roof of the blister, causing the roof to pull off with the removal of the plaster. This can be painful and compromises the integrity of the blister. If you need a reference for assessing your blister, consider the following chart of the blister stages.
Secondly, we’re transparent on the limitations of the adhesive in athletic and heavy perspiration situations. What other hydrocolloid brands won’t tell you is that the edges of any hydrocolloid blister plaster can catch on footwear and stick to socks, even after applying it to the best of your ability. That’s why we recommend using a thin, flexible fixation tape such as Fixomull Stretch on the edges of your hydrocolloid blister plasters. This will ensure a lasting seal even in the most extreme athletic endurance situations and challenging environmental conditions.
How should these plasters be used?
Simply clean your deroofed blister and ensure the surrounding skin is clean and dry. Apply your plaster and maintain firm pressure with the palm of your hand for 30 seconds. This will warm the adhesive and help it adhere better. Particularly in athletic situations, apply a fixation tape around the edges of your plaster to ensure a durable seal. With this in place, you’re good to go!
How Long to Keep it On?
Typically, a single plaster can remain in place so long as the edges remain intact. That could be a day, or it could be a week. The edges will lift for one of two reasons:
- The wound exudates have been sufficient to reach the edge of the plaster. At this point, the dressing is compromised and should be changed.
- Due to the rigors of the activity, an edge of the plaster has begun to lift and adhered to unintended surfaces, such as socks. The result can be frustrating and messy, so I recommend using Fixomull or some other fixation tape to secure the edges of the dressing. Most of the covered area should remain visible, however, as we still need to visualize the wound to determine when to change the dressing.
BlisterPod’s Hydrocolloid Pack Options
You can now buy our BlisterPod brand of hydrocolloid blister plasters in the USA, available in three 10-Pack arrangements.
- 10 x large plasters 2.7in x 1.7in (6.9cm x 4.4cm)
- 10 x small plasters 2.6in x 0.8in (6.5cm x 2.cm)
- 4 x large plasters 2.7in x 1.7in (6.9cm x 4.4cm)
- 4 x small plasters 2.6in x 0.8in (6.5cm x 2cm)
- 2 x medium plasters 2.6in x 1in (6.5cm x 2.5cm)
Hydrocolloid Blister Plaster FAQ
Q: How do I take my plaster off?
A: The best way to remove a hydrocolloid dressing is to peel away at one edge of the plaster, and then pull away parallel to the skin, as shown below.
Q: My blister looks infected
A: If the white gel begins to look yellow or green, a bacterial infection is likely. This discoloration indicates pus from the body’s immunogenic destruction of invading pathogens.
Q: How will I know if my blister really is infected?
A: If your blister becomes very warm, reddened, and painful, or if you begin to see red streaks rising up from the wound, you should consult a medical professional immediately, and it may be necessary to begin oral antibiotics.
Q: How will I know if my blister is too weepy?
A: Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters require about 24 hours to produce improved results in healing, so if you are changing them more often, this may not be the best option.
Q: Is this product safe?
A: Our Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters are sterile, Hypoallegergenic, and 100% water-proof. In addition, they are FDA Cleared, TGA Registered and have CE Certification.
Where to Buy Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters in the USA
All BlisterPod Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters can be purchased from BlisterPreventionUSA. We ship daily (weekdays) from Lakewood, New Jersey. You’ll enjoy same day dispatch on orders placed before midday with low flat-rate shipping.