First aid

Updated 19 November 2014

How to remove a plaster

Don’t you just hate it when you use a bandage to cover a painful wound, and then, when you try to remove it, it hurts so much that the whole exercise seems a bit pointless?

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Don’t you just hate it when you use a bandage to cover a painful wound, and then, when you try to remove it, it hurts so much that the whole exercise seems a bit pointless? Here’s a simple way in which you can remove an adhesive bandage painlessly.


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Soak the area in a mixture of warm water and salt (a quarter of a teaspoon of salt to one litre of water) or use a cotton bud, saturated in baby oil, to moisten the adhesive fully. Then pull it off gently. No mess, no fuss. And kids will not dread you having to remove their plasters.

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