Re: Super Glue in 1st aid kits
James H. Moss (JHMoss@LAWYERNET.COM)
Wed, 9 Sep 1998 11:27:55 -0600
1. How do we know it's safe? I know we've seen and heard it recommended by
professionals, but what's the stuff made of and how toxic is it? (Or isn't
Ask your local doctor. Explain to the doctor the conditions where it will
be used and why. (There is a big difference in doctors. More later.)
2. As the cut heals, how do we get the super glue off?
It always wears off. About the time the cut is healed, the super glue is
gone. I have never had to remove it. Between washing hands (or whatever
body parts) it seems to wear off on it's own. Once in a while I will have
to reapply the glue because it wears out to soon.
And two more questions to satisfy my own curiosity:
1. Someone mentioned that it stopped the pain of a small cut as well.
know why this side-effect occurs?
I believe because the air (oxygen) is cut off from the wound.
2. ANY super glue? Or is there a specific brand or type to look for?
I have probably used them all. I try and find one with the easiest opening
and closing bottle end.
More on doctors:
After working at summer camps for 8 years I learned to ask for specific
doctors when I ran kids into the ER. A Doc on the Exec board of the council
would give us good instructions on sending the kids back to camp. A regular
ER doc sends the kids home.
A doctor who does not understand the conditions of wilderness medicine may
not understand why you are using superglue. You are using it because it
quickly solves the problem, keeps dirt out of the wound and stays on, unlike
The difference is attitude. I do not want to be taken home or leave a trip.
I want to heal and continue to enjoy my outing.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City