What are the Different Types of Waterproof Bandages?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Waterproof bandages may be used to keep wounds dry.
Waterproof bandages may be used to keep wounds dry.

There are a number of kinds of waterproof bandages that are used by people who need to keep their wounds dry in wet or damp conditions. Most waterproof bandages come in a variety of sizes so that they can cover a number of different sizes and shapes of wounds. There are other kinds of waterproof bandages that are specifically intended for use on children and are sized accordingly. In some cases, these kinds of waterproof bandages are designed with colorful patterns or even popular cartoon characters in an effort to delight young children even when they are having a wound dressed.

Most typical wound bandages are not waterproof.
Most typical wound bandages are not waterproof.

Common waterproof bandages are ones that are designed for the feet. There are a number of waterproof or water resistant bandages that are meant for use on the heels of the feet where it is quite easy to get a blister. Additionally, it is quite easy for the feet to become wet or damp, especially for people who work outside or spend a great deal of time outside. One of the reasons that it is important to keep wounds dry, especially wounds on the feet, is that it can be difficult for a wound to heal if it is constantly damp. People who almost always have their feet in closed shoes or boots are even more likely to experience dampness on their foot wounds, a problem that can lead not only to improper healing, but also to infection.

Immediate cleaning and bandaging of cuts will help prevent staph and other infections.
Immediate cleaning and bandaging of cuts will help prevent staph and other infections.

It makes good sense to keep a few shapes of waterproof bandages in a home first aid kit. Preparedness is one of the best ways to take care of wounds at home, even if they wound will need medical attention shortly thereafter. Smaller waterproof bandages can be used on small cuts and to cover small areas of the body. Larger waterproof bandages can be used to cover large areas or large wounds. It is important, however, to have all serious wounds treated by a medical professional.

Some medical tapes are waterproof.
Some medical tapes are waterproof.

In addition to the kinds of bandages discussed above, there is also a kind of waterproof liquid bandage. This is usually used on very shallow cuts and scrapes. It can be applied to the skin in order to create a waterproof barrier against dampness and wetness. This, and all other types of waterproof bandages, may not stand up to being completely submerged in water. Submersion may create a need to dry the wound and reapply a bandage.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for InfoBloom, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for InfoBloom, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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letshearit

Are waterproof bandages really that safe for cuts? I know that with traditional bandages they allow the cut to breathe enough so that it can heal properly.

I imagine that with a waterproof bandage it would have to keep the cut completely sealed, which doesn't seem like the best idea.

Do you think that rotating between a waterproof bandage and a traditional bandage would be safer?

I know that if I lock off all of the oxygen from my cuts with even a too tight bandage that they take forever to heal. I wouldn't want to make it more difficult for my body to repair itself.

Sara007

Keeping a bottle of the liquid waterproof bandages around is a great idea if you have kids. They are constantly getting scraped and cut on the strangest of things.

I find that with regular bandages they always end up getting lost or snagged on something. Or perhaps, your kid will complain about how the stick to their skin etc. Liquid bandages basically offer you a clear sealant over the injury so there is no worry about losing anything.

This doesn’t work for large cuts, but anything small that is bleeding should be OK. Just make sure to clean the cut well and wait for the bleeding to stop before applying the liquid bandage.

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    • Waterproof bandages may be used to keep wounds dry.
      Waterproof bandages may be used to keep wounds dry.
    • Most typical wound bandages are not waterproof.
      Most typical wound bandages are not waterproof.
    • Immediate cleaning and bandaging of cuts will help prevent staph and other infections.
      Immediate cleaning and bandaging of cuts will help prevent staph and other infections.
    • Some medical tapes are waterproof.
      Some medical tapes are waterproof.
    • Some first aid kits include waterproof tape to affix bandages.
      Some first aid kits include waterproof tape to affix bandages.
    • Serious wounds should be treated by a medical professional.
      Serious wounds should be treated by a medical professional.