I bought some of that for my kids quite some time ago and it sat in the medicine cabinet unused until I finally threw it away. BUT..... that's just because kids LIKE bandaids. I hadn't considered the stuff in quite awhile. I'm glad you mentioned it. I never put bandaids on the scratches all over my wrists and forearms. I noticed the other day that as I tan, the scars are getting more noticeable. I think I'm gonna give the stuff another try and see if it at least minimizes scarring.
If you need to contact me privately, please do so using the personal message system here on IZ or by email sent to email@example.com
Post by prism_wolf on May 23, 2004 18:29:57 GMT -8
Second Skin is awesome. We use it at work. Hubby had sliced his hand pretty good with a knife. By the end of the week you couldn't even tell. This kind of stuff is also recommended for perforated tympanums (ears) in igs.
I have read a couple of people who have used this...even in large perforations using shedding and "gluing" the shed on with this stuff as a "bandaid". The next shed everything came off and the hole was much smaller and took much less to cover it the next time.
With all of my scratches from Rex I always used the Second Skin because I noticed they healed much faster and didn't scar as bad as when I left them uncovered or untreated. Of course, it burns like crazy when you put it on the first time.
Is there an antiseptic in there? Have you tried using some antiseptic that does not burn (hydrogen peroxide) before applying the second skin?
The other option I can think of is super glue, and yes it does work. Super glue was initially made for this in WWI and recently they found a way to keep the chemical reaction for getting hotter than it should.
Yes there is an antiseptic in it. The label says Alcohol 6.7%, Pyroxylin Solution, Oil of Cloves, 8-Hydroxy-Quinloline. So I guess one of those is what makes it burn. But it doesn't hurt bad enough to stop using it.
I got a good scratch (about 2" long) from Rex just before he disappeared and I didn't treat it like I normally would due to being so upset. It is just finally starting to fade out at 3 weeks. If I had used the New Skin it would have been gone in about 1 week.
As far as Super Glue, I'd be too afraid to put it on my skin on purpose! LOL!
Post by IguanaKing on Jun 15, 2004 17:13:00 GMT -8
Yup, Super Glue is what I usually use, and it doesn't hurt at all when you apply it. The only problem with it is that the wound can't be bleeding at the time, otherwise it just gets washed out and doesn't do anything. But, as far as ig-induced injuries go, I've only used it on deep scratches, the few bites that I have taken needed a doctor's help because the damage to other tissue was so substantial. Anyway, the Super Glue method also has prevented scarring from some pretty deep cuts and scratches that would have otherwise required stitches.
email address: Enirgerep2005@yahoo.com
"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."