I live in a house where Band-Aids fix everything from the real ‘boo-boo’ to the imaginary. There’s something in the psychology of children that requires a cartoon branded sticker to fix the moment. But, what about adults? We don’t look nearly as cool with our Ninja Turtle or Doc Mcstuffin’s Band-Aids! Not to mention our ‘boo-boo’ are usually of a greater caliper and need sufficient care. As a surgical assistant I always have a stick or two of medical grade skin glue for these emergencies but the glue has an alcohol component to it, which creates a burning sensation approximately 1 minute after application. I’ve applied it to grown men and its taken them to their knees… we usually apply it while our patients are still under their anesthetic and for good reason!
Thus, I was intrigued by ASAP OTC Wound Dressing. Could it stand up to the hospital approved gel and be pain free? Yes and no. ASAP OTC Wound Dressing Gel is clear and odorless making the application on the any part of the skin appealing as it would not dye clothing or leave a funny color at the site. It provides a thin layer of protection over the affected area preventing germs from entering and by passing the body’s first defense, your skin. This product would work great for the road rash or steam burn from camping and outdoors activities but lacks the ability to approximate the edges of a wound and hold it together. With that said, if you were recovering from an accident or even a surgery where you had stitches or staples placed at the incision site, ASAP OTC Wound Dressing Gel would be the appropriate topical dressing to apply to maintain a germ free wound. Similar to colloidal silver, ASAP OTC Wound Dressing Gel is formulated with a more stable and bioavailable due to the Ag4O4 coating which is more hydrophilic thus allowing it to bind with the natural water in your body.
I have used this as a relief gel from chafing from my bra after a long run or at the neckline from my life jacket after spending a day on the lake wake surfing. You never know what germs are floating around in the lake so the antimicrobial properties of this gel sets my mind at ease.
It is offered in three different sizes making it easy to throw a couple 1.5oz packages in the boat or on the pack I carry on my bike, a 4oz package in my day hike backpack and the 5g option in my first aid kit.
Although I will still carry my skin glue, it has found a travel companion in ASAP OTC Wound Dressing Gel for they work well as a team and for this mom, an overall arsenal of wound healing and infection prevention for my family.
Don’t forget to look into their other products in the line: Pet care (wound dressing gel), Silvers Tooth Gel and ASAP 365 SilverGel for cosmetic use!