Understanding the Different Types of Adhesive Bandages


Understanding the Different Types of Adhesive Bandages and the Six Differences Dukal Makes in the Adhesive Bandage Market


Selecting the appropriate adhesive bandage for a wound is a critical component of care. Different types of adhesive bandages provide different levels of durability, adhesion, and breathability to ensure the wound heals fast and effectively. The main difference in adhesive bandages is the size and substrate material, offering different qualities, sizes, and shapes to aid proper healing.

In addition to different substrates, adhesive bandages are designed for particular body areas, including fingertips, knuckles, and wound closure assistance.


Three characteristics to take into consideration when selecting an adhesive bandage:

  • Durability

The adhesive bandage's durability determines the bandage's lifespan; selecting the correct durability ensures proper wound protection and wear.

  • Adhesion

Adhesive strength represents the "stickiness" of a material. Different levels of adhesion provide more extended wear and different levels of comfort when removed. Adhesion is vital to take into consideration when used with elderly, sensitive, or delicate skin.

  • Breathability

Breathability is the ability of a fabric to allow moisture vapor to be transmitted through the material. Ensuring a wound has the proper breathability ensures an ideal environment for healing.


Understanding the difference between plastic, clear, and sheer adhesive bandages:

  • Plastic adhesive bandages are soft and flexible, providing long-lasting protection
  • Clear adhesive bandages provide a less noticeable transparent look that blends with your skin
  • Sheer adhesive bandages discretely provide wound care


Understanding the different adhesive bandage substrates:

  • Plastic - Often the least expensive and most common, plastic substrates offer soft and flexible wound coverage
  • Fabric - The most comfortable substrate, fabric adhesive bandages are flexible and contour comfortably to the body
  • Foam - Foam adhesive bandages offer comfort and durability in wet or dry conditions; they are soft, pliable, and provide maximum cushioning
  • Tricot - Cloth fibers are woven within the plastic, offering the benefits of both a plastic and fabric bandage


What's the difference between full and island pads for adhesive bandages?

  • Island pads seal on all four sides offering greater protection
  • Full pads offer greater surface area and greater absorption for wound care


Common adhesive bandage sizes and uses


Best adhesive bandages for the industrial, medical, and consumer markets

Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

  • These flexible fabric bandages offer a cotton-rayon blend, offering a superior level of stretch. The tighter weave offers higher integrity and more extended wear. Learn More

Soft Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

  • The soft, flexible fabric blend offers wearers a higher comfort level with additional rayon, while the highly absorbent non-stick pad protects the wound. The long-lasting adhesive is safely and easily removed. Dukal is one of the only companies that offers soft, flexible fabric in both island and full pad. Learn More

Heavyweight Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

  • Constructed from a super durable fabric weave, the heavyweight flexible fabric provides water-resistance and comfort. The ultra-aggressive adhesive provides long-term wear, while the highly absorbent pad will not stick to the wound. Learn More

Lightweight Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

  • Designed to provide comfortable protection, the soft weaved material of the lightweight, flexible fabric bends easily and conforms to the body, staying on even when wet. Learn More

Tricot Adhesive Bandages

  • This lightweight, durable fabric featuring cloth fibers woven within the plastic adhesive bandage offers flexible and comfortable wound coverage, with a long-lasting adhesive that gently sticks to the skin. Learn More

Super Flex™ Foam Adhesive Bandages

  • Soft and pliable, Super Flex™ adhesive bandages provide maximum cushioning. The foam material stretches and bends to the body's movements, providing long-lasting adhesion that gently sticks to the skin. Learn More

Clear Waterseal™ Adhesive Bandages

  • This ultrathin adhesive bandage available in clear is ultrathin, comfortable, breathable, and painless to remove. Learn More

Super Strip Waterseal™ Adhesive Bandages

  • This ultrathin, comfortable and breathable adhesive bandage keeps water out while being easy to apply, but with a superior level of adhesive. Learn More

Sensitive Skin Adhesive Bandages

  • A soft fabric-like product with a less aggressive adhesive offers bandage solutions for the elderly and patients affected by eczema, psoriasis, and acne or those on blood thinners. Learn More


Best adhesive bandages for the food industry

Dukal offers specially designed blue adhesive bandages in various sizes and shapes for restaurants and food manufacturers. Blue, not a natural food color, provides greater visibility in kitchen or manufacturing settings. In addition, food manufacturers use metal detectors within the manufacturing process to prevent metal from contaminating the food. Therefore, Dukal offers blue adhesive bandages with a thin metal strip tucked between the pad for additional security. Learn More

Six Differences Dukal Makes in the Adhesive Bandage Market

  1. Pre-folded wrapper tags

  2. Pre-folded wrapper tags assist in adhesive bandage application when working with gloves or limited dexterity.

  3. Tighter weave on wound pads

  4. Dukal's wound pad is made with a tighter weave, providing more fabric and less air to provide the wound with better absorption.

  5. Bandage breathability

  6. Dukal's plastic, sheer, and clear bandages all have 100% micro-perforations to aid in breathability. The ultrasonic micro-perforations allow more holes that are smaller than the competition, allowing for excellent breathability designed for all-day use and active work and lifestyles.

  7. Code on the wrapper

  8. Each adhesive bandage wrapper includes a wrapper code, offering users an extra layer of visibility and traceability.

  9. Stat Strip® technology

  10. With the simple and efficient design, Stat Strip® technology makes applications a breeze. Learn More

  11. Leader in character bandages

  12. Dukal is a leader in licensed bandages offering patients fun characters and designs while offering practitioners our trusted Stat Strip® technology. Learn More


>  Dukal offers adhesive bandages in rolls, boxed, trays, and in bulk. For more information about Dukal's adhesive bandages and license opportunities, contact your local Dukal sales rep or email us at sales@dukal.com.

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