The A-Z of Patient Care - T for Tubular Bandage

Skin disorders are amongst the most common long-term conditions, causing extreme discomfort and irritation for the 100’s of millions of sufferers. Our market leading Comfi™ range of tubular bandages can be used as part of a full treatment regime to alleviate the symptoms and return skin to its normal condition.

The skin plays a very important role as a barrier to chemicals and other contaminants entering the body, however skin disorders may disrupt this barrier function1. There are 100’s of different chronic skin conditions affecting 100’s of millions of people worldwide2. These conditions can affect both the young and old and may persist over the course of a lifetime, causing prolonged discomfort to the individual2. However some of the most common skin conditions can be managed and improved by using topical medications combined with the use of tubular bandages.

Dermatalogical Skin Conditions

Atopic Eczema

Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema and is rising in prevalence3. Currently, the condition affects more than 20% of pre-school age children and up to 10% of adults. Atopic eczema results from an allergy that is characterized by dry, itchy, red rashes that can cause discomfort for the individual3.

The main treatment options are use of emollients or topical corticosteroids to help moisturise the skin3. Comfi  tubular bandages can be used in combination with these treatments to help alleviate symptoms. Find out more

Lichen Simplex Chronicus

Lichen Simplex Chronicus is a response of the skin, resulting from repeated rubbing, itching and scratching6. It often occurs in individuals who have been suffering from another skin disorder such as eczema or psoriasis. The condition can cause the skin to thicken and become rough, causing severe irritation and adversely affecting the quality of the patient’s life6. Comfi™tubular bandages can be used to help treat this condition by reducing the itch-scratch cycle and managing the underlying dermatitis. Find out more

 

Guttate Psoriasis

Worldwide at least 100 million people are affected by psoriasis4, a skin condition that typically causes patches of skin that are dry, red and covered in silver scales5. Guttate psoriasis is a specific type of psoriasis that shows up on skin as red, scaly, small, teardrop-shaped spots5. For the patient it can often cause severe itching and soreness. Topical creams and ointments are often prescribed and can be used alongside Comfi™ tubular bandages to help return the skin to its normal condition. Find out more

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)

Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is the name for a group of rare inherited skin disorders that cause the skin to become very fragile7. It is estimated that 500,000 people worldwide suffer from this condition. For sufferers, any trauma or friction to the skin can cause painful blisters7. There is currently no cure for EB, however treatments that help sufferers avoid skin damage can ease and control symptoms7. Find out more

Treatment using Comfi™ Tubular Bandages

There have been several proven benefits for using tubular bandages as part of a full treatment regime to help treat these dermatological skin conditions:

  • Creates a physical barrier, protecting skin from outside elements such as friction against clothes.
  • Reduces itching, which improves comfort.
  • Holds emollients and medications against the skin.
  • Softens and moisturises the skin, allowing better penetration of the creams.
  • Prevents emollients being wiped off onto clothing.

 

The Comfi tubular bandages range is the market leader in the UK, chosen by over 46% of prescribers. The range is available in a variety of widths and lengths, providing versatility to help treat a number of different conditions in different localised areas of the body.

The highest quality materials are used to ensure maximum comfort for the patient. The bandages are light weight and elasticated for flexibility, allowing complete freedom of movement and the light breathable qualities of the fabric allows the skin to breathe, ensuring patient comfort throughout the treatment period.

When using Comfi tubular bandages, first measure the circumference of the area being treated and select the appropriately sized bandage to best fit the affected area. Either wet or dry wrapping techniques can be used, depending on the severity of the condition.

 

Wet Wrapping

In more severe cases, wet wrapping with two layers of bandages is generally used. Wet wrap therapy can rehydrate and calm the skin, delivering significant improvements of 74% average reduction in itching.

Two layers of bandages are used when wet wrapping the area. The first layer is soaked in warm water and fitted over the affected area after the use emollients or topical treatments, a second dry layer of tubular bandages is then fitted on top to keep the clothes dry and prevent scratching.

 

Dry Wrapping

In moderate cases, a single layer of dry bandages used with topical medications can be very beneficial. After applying treatments, covering the area with one of our tubular bandages can help hold these medications to the skin, reducing the need for reapplication.  

 

 

Both wet and dry wrapping techniques can help in the management of skin disorders, with many patients seeing significant improvements in their skins condition. 

Comfi™ Garments

If the condition is not localised to one area, our Comfi Garment range can be used to provide a larger skin covering, making managing skincare even easier. These garments are unobtrusive when worn under clothing and have been designed for head to toe dressing.

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