Zinc Paste Bandages for Compression Therapy
Zinc paste bandages are gauze bandages impregnated with a special paste made of zinc oxide, which is applied moist and slowly dries out over the course of a few hours.
Zinc oxide paste bandages have properties that can enhance healing of wounds. The topical application of zinc oxide through bandages ensures zinc ions are in contact with the wound and the surrounding skin. This makes the bandages ideal for, e.g., the management of venous leg ulcers and stasis eczema.
Bandages impregnated with zinc oxide, such as Varolast Plus, are semi-rigid compression bandages and are usually non-sterile. They can be used, for example for the treatment of venous leg ulcers and to reduce swelling. The zinc paste bandage consists of a gauze bandage impregnated with zinc paste. In order to prevent the zinc paste bandage from drying out, it is always individually sterile wrapped with an airtight seal in foil packaging. The bandage impregnated with a paste made of zinc is applied wet and dries (similar to plaster cast) after a certain time, leaving it rigid. The rigidness of zinc paste bandages is, however, much lower than plaster casts.
Zinc impregnated bandages are available in different variants. To facilitate the application of the bandage, an elastic zinc paste bandage is usually used, as it is difficult to dose the compression with rigid bandages. At Praxisdienst, we offer you a wide selection of zinc paste bandages that can be stretched both lengthways and widthways, to ensure uncomplicated and even application of the compression bandage, starting at the base of the toes.
Zinc Paste Bandages Help Stabilise the Bandaged Joint
The application of a bandage impregnated with zinc not only compresses the tissue, but also exerts counterpressure on the muscles. This leads not only to better blood circulation and rapid decongestion, but also to stabilisation of the bandaged joint. Many patients also find the slightly cooling effect of the zinc paste bandage particularly pleasant.
Zinc Paste Bandages + Underlay
The finished zinc paste wrap (Unna boot) is not usually wrapped directly onto the skin, but rather on a cloth underlay, such as tubular bandages or padding. This prevents pressure points and makes the bandage easier to remove later.
What are the advantages of a zinc paste bandage?
Zinc paste bandages are non-slip, non-irritating and permeable to air and secretions.
When is a zinc paste bandage useful?
Such bandages are usually applied for orthopaedic aftercare of distortion traumas with or without ligament injuries to the ankle, knee or wrist. The zinc paste bandage has a decongestant and stabilising effect. It can also be used for tendinitis, epicondylitis or for the treatment of chronic oedema and superficial thrombophlebitis.
When is application not recommended?
It is not recommended for use in cases of allergy to the ingredients, with eczema that is wet or weepy or if there is any sign of skin infection, skin injuries or for the treatment of acute injuries with a strong tendency to swell.
In addition to long-stretch bandages and short-stretch bandages for the zinc paste bandage, you can also find a host of other bandages in our online shop, such as compatible underlay bandages, conforming bandages, crepe bandages or bandage wraps. In the dressing materials category, you will find material for wound care as well as plasters.
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