Keeping body and soul together with super glue
September 21, 2012 4:52 PM Subscribe
Anyone have any recommendations for using "super glue" instead of bandages on small, routine wounds?
posted by Corvid to health & fitness (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
After I had laparoscopic surgery last month, they closed the incisions with some medical version of Krazy Glue. I was very impressed with how this worked -- I had no worries about allergic reactions to adhesives (which usually bother me); pain-free, almost itchless healing; and no fuss at all about keeping the wounds extra clean or changing bandages. The after-care instructions were, just ignore it until the glue falls off, which will happen automatically as the skin heals. Brilliant.
I've used regular "super glue" for fingertip skin cracks (at doctor's suggestion), and the "liquid bandage" products seem to be about the same thing. But, those things are not very effective -- they need to be re-applied at least twice/day. I see that the surgical-grade glues are stunningly expensive, but there seem to be veterinary versions available at more reasonable cost.
What specific types or brands are safe and effective (and reasonably priced)? Obviously any wound needs to cleaned well before being glued, but are there any other procedures or precautions I should be aware of? Would it be a bad idea to keep the glue on long term on a few vulnerable areas of my fingertips that crack and peel all the time? Is there any reason why a dab of glue wouldn't be a good alternative to a band-aid after a needle-stick for a blood test?