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Features of Medical Tapes

  • Stick perfectly to any kind of skin 

  • Come in both waterproof and absorbent options 

  • Porous in nature and highly breathable 

  • Can be easily torn or cut using a pair of scissors 

  • High adhesiveness

Major Allergies Attributed to Medical Tapes

  • Latex Allergies - There are a number of tapes that are made from latex and so people with latex allergies should avoid using them.

  • Material Allergies - Tapes are usually made of composite material to increase strength and one might have allergies from a specific material used in making the tape.

  • Adhesive Allergies - There are many people who might have an allergy to a specific adhesive and hence one must always choose tapes with hypoallergenic adhesives.

Types of Medical Skin Tapes

  • Cloth Tapes - Made out of cloth, they are the most breathable tapes throughout. These cloth tapes offer absorbency and can be used in high moisture conditions. They are strong and do not snap off easily.

  • Dressing Retention Tapes - They are made specifically to keep a dressing in place securely. Dressing retention tapes are used for heavy dressings, tubings, ostomies, catheters, etc. They are soft and their non-woven material offers great strength.

  • Elastic Tapes - Stretchable and strong, these elastic tapes are used by athletes directly on skin to reduce inflammation. Another variant of these tapes is called kinesiology tapes. They are generally used on body parts that have to stretch and move a lot such as knees, elbows, etc.  

  • Paper Tapes - A major part of first aid, they are made of paper and are easy to tear. They are the go to tapes for securing a dressing temporarily to stop the bleeding and protect the wound. Since they are made of paper, they rarely irritate the skin 

  • Pink Tapes - The adhesive in these tapes contain zinc oxide, which is know to soothe skin rashes and irritations and stick perfectly to the skin. They are perfect for use in delicate regions such as crotch areas or armpits 

  • Silicone Tapes - Made of silicone, these tapes can be applied and removed easily without any hassle. They are good for dressings that have to kept on for a long time. They do not leave residue and come off easily without any pain 

  • Surgical Tapes - One of the most popular tape types, they are hypoallergenic in nature and can be used almost anywhere. They also contain zinc-oxide which makes them antiseptic in nature 

  • Transparent Tapes - They are used as heavy duty tapes and hence have high adhesiveness. They rarely cause rashes or irritation on the skin. They are mainly used to secure tubings and catheters