An Elastic Cohesive Bandage, also known as a Self-Adhering Bandage, is a type of bandage or wrap that adheres to itself while not adhering to skin or hair. An Elastic Adhesive Bandage includes an adhesive for maximum compression but should only be applied once. Both cohesive and adhesive elastic bandages provide increased compression compared to plain or crepe dry bandages, but must be applied carefully so not to wrap too tightly causing interference with circulation. However, when applied correctly, cohesive and adhesive bandages do not loosen over time providing a more consistent, long-term level of compression.
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