None of our BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandages have been tested or designed for protection against viruses such as COVID-19, but it’s still important to keep your injury covered. If your bandage comes off earlier due to frequent hand washing, we recommend putting on a new one until the injury is healed.
They are also not recommended nor would they be beneficial for use as a hand sanitizer or a surface disinfectant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol for protection against viruses. Our antiseptic spray and wash products are formulated to help clean your wounds and protect them against infection from bacteria, not viruses.
No two bodies or wounds are the same, so cut healing times vary. However, deeper cuts do typically take longer to heal. Remember, too, wounds that are allowed to scab take longer to heal since healthy cells have a difficult time closing the gap around the dried, crusty cells of a scab.
A cut that is not clean has a greater chance of getting infected. Cleaning your cut is important to the healing process as it helps remove the dirt and germs that could cause infection. We recommend BAND-AID® Brand Antiseptic Wash*, which helps to kill germs and can help temporarily relieve the pain and discomfort of your cut or scrape.
Changing your bandage for a fresh one after cleaning a wound is essential for the healing process. If you’re especially active or are carrying out activities such as gardening, change your bandage daily, when it gets wet, or more often as needed – being sure to use clean hands.
You should keep your wound covered until it is fully healed. Uncovering it before runs the risk of scabbing and re-injury, both of which may delay healing and increase scarring. If you have concerns about infection or a slow healing wound, speak to your doctor.
An uncovered wound has a greater chance of infection, and is more likely to scab and may heal more slowly, which increases your risk of scarring. You can try our Product Recommender if you need help finding a bandage that works for you.
Keeping your bandage fresh and clean is an important part of the healing process. You should change your bandage daily especially if it gets dirty, wet, or compromised in any way. Be sure your hands are clean before changing a bandage, too. If you already have a scab, still cover it up. This will reduce the chances of re-injury from tearing or scratching at the scab. Explore our collection of BAND-AID® Brand bandages to see which product best fits your needs.
You should keep your wound covered with fresh bandages until it has fully healed. Keeping the wound protected with BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages and treated with NEOSPORIN® reduces the risk of scabs and scarring3.
You should talk to a doctor if symptoms get worse, or there is no improvement within 30 days2. Find out more about covering wounds as they heal.
No. It’s usually best to avoid this, as wounds need moisture to heal4. If you leave a wound uncovered, you risk drying out new surface cells, which can slow healing and increase pain4. You also have a greater risk of infection.
Scabs are simply your body’s way of protecting a wound from germs while new skin is growing underneath. So, if minor cuts and scrapes form a scab, it’s best to let it heal on its own. Usually, they heal in a few days.
Try not to scratch and pick at your scab, as that can make the healing process take longer. If you keep the affected area moist with NEOSPORIN® + Pain, Itch, Scar, this may help reduce the urge to scratch.