Block Bacteria & Prevent Infection: A Simple Guide to Staying Safe Outdoors


Coughs and sneezes spread germs. Pssst, cuts and wounds do too! If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that invisible micro-organisms can harm us just as much as things we can see! Particularly when bacteria enter broken skin. As we all start to get out and about more, talkhealth explores how an effective Cleanse, Protect, Heal routine can help you combat cuts and beat infection with the No.1 Brand in First Aid, Elastoplast.[1]

Whether you’ve taken to leisurely sunset strolls, park workouts or family woodland walks, the coronavirus lockdown has seen us all moving outside in ways we never have before. Although it might be giving us all a slice of freedom, getting out into nature can also put us at risk of more scrapes and grazes.

When accidents happen outdoors and your skin barrier breaks, you are more at risk of letting dirt and bacteria from soils and non-sanitized surfaces into your cuts.

When bacteria invade your broken skin barrier, sometimes your immune system doesn’t know how to fight them. This can cause an infection-fighting reaction in your body that results in symptoms of swelling, a rise in temperature and skin sensitivity. Or the infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause more serious illness. 

That’s why it’s important to be prepared for when wounds and cuts happen. Treating them quickly means they heal faster and are less likely to become infected or leave a scar. Having your first aid essentials with you on your walk is the best way for you to beat bacteria in the race to the skin barrier and enjoy time outside without fearing falls. 

Thanks to Elastoplast’s healing routine, we all know the foundations of first aid. From plasters and tapes, to dressings and ointments, Elastoplast has been providing us with the cornerstones of our kits for over 100 years. But, with 69% of people admitting[2] that they would not have the confidence to act if someone was bleeding heavily, do you know how to treat cuts and scrapes?

Apply pressure: 

As soon as you realise that you, or someone you are with, is bleeding, apply pressure to the site using cotton wool or gauze. This slows the flow of blood and can even stop it! By slowing the blood flow, you are giving your body time to make clots. Clots are created when platelets in your blood react with proteins and create a sticky web across the cut. 

If the wound you are trying to treat does not stop bleeding under pressure, you should seek medical attention. 

Clean the area:

When it comes to cleansing a cut, Elastoplast’s Wound Spray is the perfect painless solution. 

To make sure you are protecting effectively against infections, spray the non-alcoholic solution from approximately 10cm away onto the wounded area, then gently dry the wound and surrounding skin area. 

The colourless and odourless spray won’t stain your clothes and comes in a handy bottle that’s perfect for when you’re on the move!

 

Bandage up and protect against infection: 

Plasters play a vital role in wound healing and long-term infection-fighting. You need to make sure that your plasters of choice are water-repellent, Flexible and have strong adhesion. Elastoplast’s Fabric Plasters combine all these things to create a durable, high-performance plaster that you know will see your wound heal safely, blocking 99% of bacteria.

 

Through three-phase testing, it’s been proven that the new Bacteria Shield protective backing stops 99% of bacteria from passing through the plaster. This means that you can rest assured knowing the cut or graze you’re treating is highly protected from infection. Elastoplast’s SensitiveWater-Resistant and Sterile Waterproof XL dressings plasters also feature the new Bacterial Shield.

Speed up healing and reduce the risk of scarring:

Sure, cleansing and protecting your cut from infection might be second nature, but how often do you think about the scars minor cuts can cause? 

With help from Elastoplast’s Wound Healing Ointment, not only will your wounds heal in half the time (compared to an untreated wound), but the gentle formula also works to reduce scarring too. The product works to create a breathable film over affected areas that nurtures a moist healing environment. This allows your skin to heal up to twice as fast than it would if it was left untreated. 

You should apply a thin layer of the fragrance-free, dermatologically tested ointment one to two times a day throughout the healing process until your wound is fully healed. 

At this point, you must keep an eye on your cut for signs of increasing or prolonged redness and sensitivity. If you think that the wound may still be infected, you should seek medical attention.

Now that Elastoplast has you covered, you’re ready to fight bacteria and protect unexpected grazes. Why not make the most of the outside?

 

Sources:

[1] Source ©2020 Nielsen data, Value, Units, Plasters (client defined) 52 w/e 29.08.20 (GB Total Coverage)

[2] https://www.redcross.org.uk 

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