Introduction: Liquid Bandage

Introduction

During the year my fingertips crack, split and bleed. When this happens it is very painful. I do not want to touch, grab or pick up anything, because it is painful. There are times I have multiple splits on one finger. I am constantly applying lotion to my hands in the attempt to keep my fingertips from splitting, but it is all in vein.

I have tried different types of lotions, drinking more water, wearing gloves when I leave the house or while working. Inevitably my fingertips split. I have used regular adhesive bandages to protect the wounds, but they encourage skin maceration (soft white wrinkly skin) when left on for more than a day. Furthermore, adhesive bandages interfere with the use of my fingers and they do nothing to ease the pain. I need some way to protect my skin from further injury and pain as well as to allow mobility to grab, hold and pick up things.

The Solution

For the last few years I have been using Super Glue to seal the splits. Once the Super Glue dries it is like new skin and I can immediately type, grab, hold and pick up things without any pain.

Besides split fingertips I also use Super Glue to seal minor cuts and lacerations as well as remove warts. In fact I keep a tube of Super Glue in my first aid kit. At the time of creating this instructable I did not have any cuts, lacerations or warts, but I did have dry split fingertips.

Step 1: Material

Material:
Super Glue

Skill Level:
Easy, follow these instructions to apply your Liquid Bandage.

Time to Complete:
Less than 1 minute

Step 2: Procedure

1) Apply a thin layer of Super Glue around and on the Split,
2) Let cure 30 - 60 seconds (You may need or want to apply a second coat) then
3) Go about your business.

Super Glue will simulate real skin and will wear off in a few days, depending on your activities.

Step 3: Observations & Summary

Observations
Here are some benefits of using Super Glue as a Liquid Bandage.
1) Easy to use, readily available and seals wound quickly.
2) Adhesive bandages loose their grip and fall off, Super Glue bonds to the skin.
3) Prevents Skin Maceration.
4) Is used to seal minor cuts, lacerations and remove warts.

Advisory: If skin becomes itchy, red or irritated discontinue use. Fumes from CA can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat.

Summary
I am satisfied with the results.

Then I saw, and considered it well. I looked upon it, and received instruction..

Comments

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Azze01 made it!(author)2017-02-13

I just saw this 'ible of yours after commenting the same in the other one about wood glue gloves, so I repeat my comment here:


There are situations when super glue is most welcome on my fingers. Repairing skin is one thing - protecting it is the other. Whenever I need to play the guitar in a gig after not having played for quite some time, I apply several layers of super glue to my left hand's finger tips to compensate for a non-existent callus there. To some extent this helps to protect against the ususal cracks I get there after playing for hours.

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ezman made it!(author)2017-02-15

Thank you for reviewing and commenting. I am glad to hear of your success with the use of super glue. I have been applying a lot of super glue to my chapped fingers as of lately.

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dan3008 made it!(author)2016-04-04

I'd never thought of using it for warts... I always have problems with warts on my feet (thats he problem with horticultural work, stood on wet feet all day every day)

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ezman made it!(author)2016-04-05

Thank you for reviewing and commenting. Let me know how it works for you. I have used it on the face and hands.

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BeachsideHank made it!(author)2016-04-04

It is also useful for the removal of splinters, both metal and wood, just daub the offending site and peel off the glue cap, the sliver usually comes with.

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ezman made it!(author)2016-04-04

Thank you for reviewing and commenting. That is cool, I will have to remember to extract all my slivers with Super Glue. Another useful tool to keep on hand.

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ThomasK19 made it!(author)2016-04-04

As a minor disclaimer you should reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate and specifically the paragraph about toxicity.

Personally I just let wounds bleed until they are closed by nature. That way most dirt gets washed out with he blood flow.

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ezman made it!(author)2016-04-04

Thank you for reviewing and commenting. You are correct in being aware of toxicity and the paragraph, states, “The fumes from CA are a vaporized form of the cyanoacrylate monomer that irritate sensitive membranes in the eyes, nose, and throat. They are immediately polymerized by the moisture in the membranes and become inert.” I will include a note about fumes. Thank you again for your comments

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Stan1y made it!(author)2016-04-04

that same article sites its use for medical applications in much the same way as you sugest here

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ezman made it!(author)2016-04-04

Thank you for reviewing and commenting. Any home remedy and medically proven treatment should provide guidelines on use and possible side effects. If none are provided than the user should research the item so that they are aware and can make their own decision on its use.

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