The Not New Bandage

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.

Cloth and velcro ties as 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. 😕 )