I recently did battle with some poison ivy and obviously did not wash up well enough or soon enough to prevent a rash on my forearm. Just a couple of small itchy bumps showed up first. But soon a mug-sized rash was apparent, with blisters aplenty.
I could have bought large disposable bandages to cover up the area. Initially I did grab a bandaid from work when it was small enough. But the cost of larger bandages is ridiculous and I knew from the bandaid attempt that any adhesive would just irritate the rash.
It didn’t take much looking around to find a suitable piece of clean cotton, in this case a spare sleeve from a shirt that was made into tshirt yarn. (Those sleeves also make great headbands.) My search for ribbon or something to tie it was quickly completed with a glance around my room. These velcro ties are even more perfect for one-handed tying.
With this, I present the not new bandage.
I’ve swapped out the cloth as needed and threw them in the wash. Easy peasy. In the couple of days since, I also made the improvement of putting ties as both the top and bottom to minimize pressure on the rash as much as possible.
(Disclaimer: a better idea would be to really thoroughly wash yourself and your clothes after a poison ivy encounter. Especially under your fingernails, as that may be what did me in. 😕 )