Your opinion on Liquid Bandages

I have a pretty bad friction blister on the palm of my hand.

(pause until all jokes have been made…)

I was digging holes for fence posts, and I didn’t think to wear gloves until after the blister broke. Since it is in the palm of my hand, band-aids aren’t really sticking. I’ve never used a liquid bandage before, and am wondering if it’s worth it. Can I put anything on it underneath the liquid bandage?

The blister is about the size of a nickel, and looks like a stigmata. It’s kinda cool looking, actually, but it stings like a mo-fo.

Thanks in advance.

I like that liquid bandage stuff. It’s good for awkward places. I find it hard to resist the urge to pick at it, though, because it’s just like when we used to coat our skin with a thin layer of Elmer’s glue, let it try, and peel it off.

But if you think it stings like a mo-fo now, wait 'till you put the bandage on. cackles evilly

I like using the liquid bandage stuff for any sort of wound on my hands. It’s much easier than trying to get a regular bandage to stay on. I’ve only used New-Skin brand, and Podkayne is right, it burns like fire when you first put it on.

Band-Aid and 3M Nexcare claim that their liquid bandages are “no-sting” formulas.

I like liquid bandages for things like bad papercuts (from file folders or very thick paper - I do a lot of filing), and for cracked skin on my heels. I’ve used it for a blister before on my foot, and it seemed to work well except it started to peel around the edges and it was hard to resist the temptation to pick at it.

As mentioned, it does sting a little. But not all that bad in the scheme of things. I had to use an alcohol pad to sterilize the blister, and that stung way worse than the liquid bandage.

Works well, esp. on hands – check.

Stings like a son of a gun going on – check.

Tempting to pick at the edges – check.

I keep a bottle at home and a bottle at work. It’s great stuff.

Is it thick? Will it feel like I’m wearing an inch of latex, or does it go largely unnoticed?

It’s basically like Crazy Glue (thus the sting) – thinner than a layer of Elmer’s.

Can I put bacitracin or something on the blister, and then the liquid bandage over it, or will the ointment mess up the adhesiveness?

I’ve never done it, but I’m not a big ointment person anyway. I suspect the two sets of chemicals won’t work well together – but the bandage will completely seal off the wound, so there’s no way for cooties to get in – and dealing with cooties is the point of the ointment, right? Wash your hand carefully and dry it completely, then just slap on the liquid bandage.

No, you can not put anything under a liquid bandage.

Do not put a liquid bandage over something already infected.

It’s not thick and it is flexible, so it works well on CLEAN hand and foot wounds.

If signs of infection occur, follow the directions for early removal and/or see a doctor.

blink I’ve got the Band-Aid formulation of Liquid Bandage, and their claims hold water. Cat gouge on my toe (Note to Fuzzy Bastard #1: I am not a starting block for you! :mad: ) – and it didn’t sting at all when I put it on. Yay!

They work wonders on the hand and finger cuts I get when replacing windows. A regular bandage will rub off in my gloves and then when it comes time to apply the elastomeric caulk, there is still an open wound on my finger. With the liquid bandages, any little bit of initial sting is more than compensated by the fact that I can take off my leather work gloves without reopening the wound.

Yeah, sometimes my hands exhibit stigmata during work. I believe I’ve Pitted them before for that problem.

And those fucking wasps.

How much does this stuff cost, particularly compared to conventional bandages?

I got 2 0.3oz bottles of New Skin brand at CVS for $5. Each bottle is about the size of an eye drop bottle. Or the size of modeling paint, for you hobbyist types. The box says “Over 100 Applications,” which I guess is cheaper than 100 band-aids.

And I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Great Barrier Reef, the stuff stings!!! But only for few seconds. I can man up to the pain.

Thanks, everyone.

I’ve had cuts working in the Photo Lab, from mylar plan sheets.

The liquid bandage works better than anything else I’ve used on my hands.

BTW–Walgreens has a knockoff version that contains an antiseptic.
And when you paint the blisters on your palms, keep it away from the hairy patches.
:wink: :smiley:

I once scraped my knee pretty bad during a motorcycle dump (thank god that was all I did to myself). I cleaned the wound and let it dry for a few minutes, then took out the spray liquid bandage I had. The wound was pretty big for a scrape- say 3 x 3 inches.

So I sprayed.

Then I contemplated how neat that stuff was and how my whole knee was now covered by a felx…
I fell over the sting hurt so bad. I still cringe when I think about it.


As a great first aid open wound protector it, as dipped from the container over time, of course gets lower in the bottle and it becomes thicker. When it is very thick on the application brush, the glob is difficult to “paint” with any satisfaction. I tried using a little isopropyl alcohol to thin it back to normal. No luck. Anyone know how to thin it before it’s too thick, and then have to throw away the remainder?

This stuff is great (when it is thin) and is good to also paint over skin flaps, small warts, and pre-blister spots on skin.

When applied to an open wound it will have to sting, a little…but just for a few seconds. Welcome the brief mild stinging as it is making things better.

Acetone, I think. New-Skin is what’s called “collodion”, which is nitrocellulose dissolved in acetone or ether, and sometimes with alcohol added.

I like the pain. Makes me feel alive. Plus it’s only for a moment.