Dawn Gillman, nurse practitioner at Floyd Memorial Wound Healing Center, suggests these over-the-counter bandages when creating a first aid kit:
- Bandages containing silver, a natural antibacterial. These new bandages and pre-applied antibiotic bandages can be used for infected wounds where previously antibiotic ointment was applied.
- Hydrocolloid bandages contain particles that absorb the liquid in a wound and create a gel-like covering that keeps the wound moist and protected.
- Spray bandages form a clear film over the cut and are good for hard-to-cover body parts such as knees and elbows.
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