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Nearly a century ago, a Johnson & Johnson employee named Earle Dickson invented the Band-Aid for his wife, who frequently cut and burned herself while cooking. In the time since, the brand name has become the generic term for any adhesive bandage. Below, wound care essentials to keep in your medicine cabinet.

Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandage Family Variety Pack

A large box with half a dozen types of Band-Aid. Amazon

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The next time somebody asks if you have a Band-Aid, just pull out this family-sized box that comes with 120 of them, in a variety of shapes and sizes. It includes sheer and clear bandages that cover both large and small minor wounds. The backing on these Band-Aids offers nice breathability, too.

Band-Aid Brand Hydro Seal Adhesive Bandages for Heel Blisters

Let your heels heal faster. Amazon

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These durable adhesive bandages are the perfect solution to your painful heel blisters. They feature a hydrocolloid bandage to help speed up the healing process, and stay on even through showers. Another unexpected usage: pop it over a popped pimple—and it absorbs the gunk overnight, while sealing out dirt and germs.

Band-Aid Brand Skin-Flex Adhesive Bandages

Ideal for skinned knees and elbows. Amazon

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Sometimes a regular-sized Band-Aid just won’t cover it, especially for larger wounds like skinned knees. These extra-large adhesive bandages are designed to move with you like a second skin, boasting cross fibers that flex and mold to your body for a 24-hour hold.

New-Skin Liquid Bandage

A non-Band-Aid solution. Amazon

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Favored by gymnasts who need to seal up ripped hands, this New-Skin liquid bandage is both an antiseptic treatment and waterproof bandage for scrapes, minor cuts, and wounds. It creates a tough, protective barrier over any opening quickly and adheres in a way that a normal Band-Aid doesn’t.


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