Bandages, supplies, and dressings for ulcer healing

Compression bandages

The compression bandage is used in Lymphology and Phlebology for the control of edema and the healing of ulcers, being many times used before the stockings in the period of the active ulcer. The bandages for this use must have materials with elastic qualities that provide sufficient compression against high venous pressure, with a secure grip that allows them to be applied in a decreasing compression mode without sliding easily, preferably that they are capable of being reused so that It is necessary that they withstand several washes and include latex-free models for patients allergic to this material.

A feature that helps people who train in the placement of this special type of compression bandage is the presence of marks that indicate the tension achieved. The following model is a good example of this since the rectangles that are observed on its surface modify their shape according to the degree of compression and are a visual aid since it compresses better when it is stretched so that these rectangles look like squares.

Compression Bandage Kits

Kits that include various materials necessary for the compression bandage included in the same presentation, so they are quite convenient.

Unna’s Boot

They are a special type of more rigid zinc-impregnated bandage of higher resistance used for the management of varicose ulcers (not edema) and some eczematous dermatitis. They are medically handled, or by an expert, and create an absorbent protective layer. This type of bandage can include (in addition to zinc oxide) calamine or ammonium bituminosulfonate to provide a soothing action on irritated skin.


Hydrocolloid dressings are part of the therapeutic arsenal in the treatment of venous ulcer as long as the measures to avoid blood stasis are followed. The dressing creates a moist environment for the ulcer, allowing gas exchange. The hydrocolloid itself absorbs water increasing in volume on the ulcer, it facilitates the autolytic debridement of the lesion that stimulates angiogenesis.

In the market we can find them as: Paste, thin dressings, absorbent dressings, hydrofiber, mesh, granules, the latter used in cavitated lesions