When choosing gauze, you'll have several options that meet various needs. Regardless of the type you choose, if you are treating an open wound, the gauze must be sterile. If the package does not guarantee sterility, do not purchase it. For treating open cuts, burns or wounds, a good option might be the individually wrapped gauze pads. For cleaning a closed wound, rolled gauze is a good choice. To ensure quality, look for a product that is labeled as hospital grade.
Deciding what type of gauze to buy will typically depend on what you will be using it for. To cover an incision site after surgery, you'll most likely require something super absorbent. This is because most post-operative wounds will need to drain. In such a case, choose a gauze pad with several layers. The thicker the pile, the less likely it will be to leak.
Choose your sterile pad in the appropriate size. If you are going to cover a wound with medical tape, the pad will need to cover the wound completely. Allow some extra room for the tape, as you do not want it to touch the wound. If you have a very large wound or burn that needs to be covered, you might need to use two pads side by side.
You also have the option of choosing a self stick first aid pad. The self stick pad is designed like a large bandage with adhesive around the edges. This is convenient when you do not wish to use additional first aid tape. Additionally, you can choose an antimicrobial pad designed to kill germs and prevent infection.
In some cases, a gauze pad might stick to an open wound, burn blister, or abrasion. To prevent this from occurring, choose a pad that is labeled as non stick. The non-stick pad typically is made with adhesive and does not require additional first aid tape for securing to the skin.
If you require extra security for holding a first aid bandage in place, choose rolled gauze. This type of product is typically available in sterile and non sterile varieties and various sizes. Read the packaging label to be sure you obtain the correct width for the area to be covered.
To cushion a callous or bunion on the bottom of your foot, you probably won't require a sterile pad. As long as you do not place it on open skin, it is fine to choose a non sterile pad. Choose a pad that is thick enough to provide proper cushioning.