Adhesive bandages, also known as sticking plaster or just plaster, are small sized medical dressings used for not-so-serious injuries. Adhesive bandages are also called as Band-Aid, especially in the U.S. and Elastoplast in the UK. Adhesive bandages are applied on those injuries which doesn’t usually require a full sized bandage and are used by the patients who have undergone minor abrasion and not encountered any serious accident but have cuts or scratches on their bodies. Adhesive bandages help in protecting abrasions or cuts from damage, dirt, dust, fungi and bacteria and results in the process of quick healing of the injury or wound. Adhesive bandages also help in holding the skin’s cut ends together and thus aids in fastening the healing process.
Adhesive bandage is made up of woven fabric, plastic or latex strip and possess the characteristics of adhesion. A medicated absorbent bandage pad with antiseptic chemical or solution is present in an adhesive bandage. Various adhesive bandages contain porous and thin polymer coatings on the medicated pad which aids in sticking it to the wound. Adhesive bandages are applied on the wound in such way that the medicated pad overlaps the wound and the plastic or fabric of the bandage sticks skin surrounding the wound. This is done in order to restrict the entry of dirt and germs inside the wound. Adhesive bandages are of three types, namely, transdermal patches, special bandages and butterfly stitches. Transdermal patches are those adhesive bandages which help in delivering medication through the skin and thus not protect the wound. On the other hand, special bandages are utilized by those patients who remain engaged in food preparation work. Special bandages are blue colored bandages usually waterproof, having strong adhesive properties that avoid the bandage to loosen up and fall in food. Butterfly stitches are adhesive bandages with thin adhesive strips which are applied to heal small wounds. Adhesive bandages are packed in a sterile and sealed pouch, packet or bag with the back covered by the sticky side. The sticky cover is removed and bandage is applied to the wound.
Adhesive bandages come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are used according to the requirement, and size of the wound. The back cover of the bandage is often made of plastic, butter paper or coated paper. The adhesive part of the bandage is made up of PVC, polyurethane or polyethylene, a woven fabric or a latex strip. The adhesive used in an adhesive bandage is commonly an acrylate, which includes epoxy acrylate and methacrylate. Whereas, the absorbent pad is made up of cotton with a thin and porous polymer coating, to avoid it from sticking to the injury or wound. In some adhesive bandages, the pad is made up of water absorbing gel. Such bandages are used in protecting wet wounds as the gel acts like a cushion.
Increasing number of recreational activities, especially for children and teenagers is a key factor driving the growth of adhesive bandages market. A numerous recreational activities such as cycling, trekking, and others results in abrasions and cuts which require application of adhesive bandages which, in turn, is augmenting the demand for adhesive bandages. Also, growing incidences of cuts while cooking is expected to further boost the growth of global adhesive bandages market. Moreover, aging population is more likely to get cuts or wounds and is a key factor fuelling the overall growth of the global adhesive bandages market. This, in turn, helps in generating the need for adhesive bandages on the wounds, caused due to above mentioned accident. Also, availability of different types of adhesive bandages such as special bandages, butterfly stitches, etc. is also anticipated to propel the growth of global adhesive bandages market. However, increasing allergies among people from latex and polyurethane products is a major factor hampering the growth of global adhesive bandages market.
The global adhesive bandages market can be segmented on the basis of product type, application, material and geography. By product type, the global adhesive bandages market can be segmented into special bandages, transdermal bandages and butterfly stitches. On the basis of application, global adhesive bandages market can be segmented into aged 0-18 years, aged 18-40 years, aged 40-60 years and over aged 60 years. On the basis of material, the global adhesive bandages market can be segmented into plastic, woven fabric and latex. Geographically, the global adhesive bandages market can be divided into North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific.
Major players operating in the global adhesive bandages market include Johnson and Johnson, Medline Industries, Inc., 3M, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Smith & Nephew plc, Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Argentum Medical and ConvaTec, Inc. among others.