The Effectiveness of Liquid Bandage as an Adhesive and Antimicrobial Agent

ABSTRACT

  • Perry Robins MD, Professor Emeritus of Dermatology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Leonard Goldberg MD, DermSurgery Associates, Houston, TX
  • Ronald Moy MD, Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Keyvan Nouri MD, Professor, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Maritza Perez MD, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY
  • Ritu Saini MD, Fellow of Mohs Surgery, New York, NY
  • Deborah Sarnoff MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • James Spencer MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 

A new organic polymer in organic solvent has initially been found to have success in expediting healing of wounds secondary to trauma and surgical procedures. It is easy to apply and well-tolerated, forming a transparent barrier that is both functional by virtue of its antimicrobial and adhesive properties, as well as cosmetically acceptable. Recent laboratory findings suggest that it may also have anti-fungal capabilities and could hypothetically to be used to treat uncomplicated dermatophyte infections, including those that may necessitate systemic treatment. Clearly, in vivo studies are necessary to determine the clinical relevance of these findings and whether this diverse product will have a place in the dermatologist’s armamentarium for the purpose of treating superficial fungal infections. Its use as an adhesive will clearly benefit patient’s in that it reduces the need for multiple products by acting as both an antimicrobial and an easily removable adhesive.

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