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Scar management zinc oxide tape

Zinc oxide tape

Zinc oxide tape is effective in the management of scar tissue, with some scars noted to become softer, flatter and paler following use. Effects are not often immediate, however with regular use benefits are usually noted after several weeks.

Instructions for use

  • Clean and moisturise the skin each time you apply the tape.
  • Wait 15 to 30 minutes after moisturising before applying the tape.
  • Cut the tape to cover the scar.
  • Wear the tape 23 hours a day.
  • Remove the tape with warm water in the bath
  • If it upsets the child to remove the tape daily it can remain on the scar for up to 2 days.

Remove the tape immediately if there are any problems such as a rash, soreness or irritation. Contact your occupational therapist for further instruction.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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