FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding Nexcare™ Products and their use.


  • How do I apply Nexcare™ Waterproof Bandages?

    1. Clean the wound thoroughly.
       
    2. Pull wrapper apart.
       
    3. Grasp end tab and peel bandage off wrapper
       
    4. Apply to wound, pressing firmly; bandage will not stick if repositioned.
       
    5. Remove paper frames at openings.

  • How can I help a bandage or wound dressing stick to my skin better?

    After you have washed the wound area, pat it dry before applying the bandage or wound dressing. After it’s on, avoid rubbing the bandage or dressing or exposing it more than necessary to any liquids.


  • How often should I change my bandage?

    Change your bandage every day, or several times a day if it becomes wet or dirty. If you are using Nexcare™ Waterproof Bandages, these do not need to be changed if they become wet.


  • What is the best way to start my roll of Flexible Clear Tape? And is there a trick to using the dispenser, so that the pieces cut cleanly?

    For Nexcare™ Flexible Clear Tape rolls that do not come with dispensers, run your finger around the roll until you feel a ridge. This is the edge of the tape. Use your fingernail to lift up the edge, then unroll whatever size piece you need. The tape tears easily by hand, so no need for scissors.
    Tip: turn a short piece at the leading edge of the tape under to create an easy starting point for the next time you need it.

    On the roll that comes with a dispenser, there is a white tab with arrows on the edge of the roll, to show you where it starts. When you are cutting the piece you need, pull the tape across the dispenser’s cutting blade at an angle to minimize stretching and make cutting easier.


  • How do I remove a bandage/tape that will not release easily from my or my child's skin?

    If a bandage is not easily releasing avoid pulling on bandage, instead work a little baby oil or cooking oil into the adhesive to help the bandage release from the skin. Or use ice (covered with a paper towel) for 5 minutes or less. Ice will make the adhesive brittle, which may cause it to release.


  • Where can I purchase Nexcare™ Products?

    Nexcare products are available at most drug, grocery, mass merchandisers and online. To find where a specific product is located find it within our product catalog and click “where to buy”.



  • When heating the Nexcare™ Reusable Cold/Hot Pack, do I remove the outer bag?

    Yes, remove the outer bag before heating and follow the instructions on the product for heating or cooling. Carefully check the pack for leaks, and insert it in the cover or wrap it in cloth. Check for desired temperature by carefully placing the covered pack against your forearm. If it's too hot, let it cool. When comfortable, apply the pack to the desired area.


  • How do I use the Nexcare™ Reusable Cold Pack?

    Cold therapy is recommended for the first 48 hours following an injury.
     

    1. Store cold pack in freezer for at least two hours before use.
       
    2. Insert cold pack in cover or wrap in cloth.
       
    3. Apply cold pack to injured area. Remove pack if it becomes uncomfortable. Do not apply for longer than 20 minutes at a time.

  • What can I use to protect my wound while taking a shower or bath?

    Use Nexcare™ Tegaderm™ Waterproof Transparent Dressings. This waterproof dressing seals out water, dirt and germs, and stays on in the shower or bath. If the Tegaderm™ Dressing is covering an IV site, use an additional covering so that water does not enter the IV site by the catheter.


  • Do you have any products for sensitive skin?

    If your skin has a tendency to react to adhesive, try our line of Sensitive Skin Products. They were designed for easy removal and are repositionable. Available in a bandage, tape, dressing and eye patch.


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