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Compeed available in the U.S.

jeffnd

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Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2014
#1
In a few days, I set off on the North Country Trail. When I walked the Camino, I used Compeed to deal with 2 very large blisters on my heel. Compeed literally saved my Camino. So with my upcoming walk I knew I needed some in my pack, but being from the States, my only option was to buy it on Amazon, which is pretty expensive. But, it's worth it, so I ordered some.

But today, I was going through the medical department at my local Walmart and saw these:

https://www.band-aid.com/products/advanced-protection/band-aid-hydro-seal-medium-extreme-5-count

Same green packaging as Compeed and everything. And under $4. So I bought them. And yeah, it's Compeed, just rebranded under the Band-Aid brand. Same packaging and the strips themselves are identical. I don't know how long these have been available here and this might be old news, but I thought I'd share for any future pilgrims. Now you can have the magic of Compeed right away when you start out, and you don't have to worry about finding a pharmacy your first day.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#2
In a few days, I set off on the North Country Trail. When I walked the Camino, I used Compeed to deal with 2 very large blisters on my heel. Compeed literally saved my Camino. So with my upcoming walk I knew I needed some in my pack, but being from the States, my only option was to buy it on Amazon, which is pretty expensive. But, it's worth it, so I ordered some.

But today, I was going through the medical department at my local Walmart and saw these:

https://www.band-aid.com/products/advanced-protection/band-aid-hydro-seal-medium-extreme-5-count

Same green packaging as Compeed and everything. And under $4. So I bought them. And yeah, it's Compeed, just rebranded under the Band-Aid brand. Same packaging and the strips themselves are identical. I don't know how long these have been available here and this might be old news, but I thought I'd share for any future pilgrims. Now you can have the magic of Compeed right away when you start out, and you don't have to worry about finding a pharmacy your first day.
I found Compeed at Walgreens a couple of years ago. And there are other brands of hydrocolloid bandages in the US now.
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#3
In a few days, I set off on the North Country Trail. When I walked the Camino, I used Compeed to deal with 2 very large blisters on my heel. Compeed literally saved my Camino. So with my upcoming walk I knew I needed some in my pack, but being from the States, my only option was to buy it on Amazon, which is pretty expensive. But, it's worth it, so I ordered some.

But today, I was going through the medical department at my local Walmart and saw these:

https://www.band-aid.com/products/advanced-protection/band-aid-hydro-seal-medium-extreme-5-count

Same green packaging as Compeed and everything. And under $4. So I bought them. And yeah, it's Compeed, just rebranded under the Band-Aid brand. Same packaging and the strips themselves are identical. I don't know how long these have been available here and this might be old news, but I thought I'd share for any future pilgrims. Now you can have the magic of Compeed right away when you start out, and you don't have to worry about finding a pharmacy your first day.
The product is virtually identical because the same company manufactures both products. :)
 

falcon269

no commercial interests
Camino(s) past & future
yes
#4
The product is virtually identical because the same company manufactures both products.
I think that you will find that the adhesive is weaker than Compeed. For some, that may be a good feature, but expect them to come off much easier and more frequently.
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#5
I found Compeed at Walgreens a couple of years ago. And there are other brands of hydrocolloid bandages in the US now.
Yup. In fact, Second Skin was the first product of its kind, long before Compeed came to market in Europe. Second Skin was thought to be revolutionary in its concept for the treatment of deroofed blisters. It was actually an ancillary product, redone from the original product first made for the healthcare industry for burn care and pressure sores (bed sores).
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#6
I think that you will find that the adhesive is weaker than Compeed. For some, that may be a good feature, but expect them to come off much easier and more frequently.
When I've used it, I never felt that to be the case, but that is just a subjective observation, so it may be a different formulation than Compeed. It seemed about the same as Compeed, but I'm not betting on it for a certainty :)

I know that both products have a 'non-allergenic' adhesive, and that the formulation for it does produce a weaker adhesive that is more subject to degradation from moisture like seat and shower water.

In any case, I usually don't trust the adhesive of tapes and dressing; I will use tincture of benzoin on the area of the skin to which the adhesive is to be attached, and that multiplies the holding power.
 

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