When it’s time to secure a clean bandage, you’ll want to make sure your wound is protected. Your protection options include adhesive and non-adhesive tapes. It’s up to you which one you prefer to use.

The Differences Among BAND-AID® Brand Tapes

Band Aid product chart

BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products Hypo-allergenic Breathable Gentle on Skin Waterproof Non-Adhesive
Cloth Tape   ok ok    
Paper Tape ok ok ok    
Waterproof Tape       ok  
HURT-FREE® Tape ok   ok   ok

NURSE TIP: Wraps or non-adhesive tapes, like HURT-FREE® Tape don’t stick to your skin—they only adhere to themselves. They’re great for wrapping wounds near joints or areas involving movement.


Protecting Your Wound: Showering After Surgery

In the first week after surgery, you can take a shower if your health care provider says it’s okay. Showering requires a little extra protection for your wound.

  • Keep the wound dry with waterproof bandages that seal on all four sides. This will help keep water from leaking into your wound.
  • Avoid having strong streams of water come in contact with the wound, or soaking your wound in water. As always, consult with your doctor or health care provider about what is best for you.
  • After showering, remove the waterproof pad and tape, then cover with a clean, dry bandage.

NURSE TIP: Avoid using any shower gels, soaps, or lotions on the wound.

Putting bandage on knee
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Accessed June 25, 2014.