One Small Step for Bandages, One Giant Leap for Eczema
David Thompson Secondary
Floor Location : M 156 H
Eczema is a group of medical conditions that cause skin to become inflamed or irritated. People with this condition need medication to treat their skin, the medication usually is a cream or gel. This cream/gel often comes off when people are doing their daily activities. Due to this inconvenience, I chose to make a silicone bandage to protect eczema patients’ medication from coming off as they do their daily activities. The bandage was then tested on ten people with eczema for fourteen days to observe how effective it would be. The bandages came in two types: one was a wrap and the other was a stick on. The wrap bandage worked like a cloth wrap used for a sprained ankle, while the stick on bandage worked like a normal bandage. My hypothesis was that these bandages would work, given that they would be on securely, and tightly. My hypothesis was partially correct, results showed that the bandages work best on different parts of the body. The wrap bandage worked best on places such as the arms, while the stick on bandage worked best on places such as the hands. However, in every location, the bandages served their purposes. Some participants saw an improvement in their eczema.
The materials used to make the bandages were: 24 clear silicone keyboard covers, 10 medical adhesive spray cans, 2, 3.6m x 1.9cm rolls of Velcro, 1 roll of double sided tape, 1 pair of scissors, 1 pencil, and 1 black Sharpie. In the the procedure for the wrap bandage, two silicone laptop covers were used. One silicone laptop cover was cut in half and attached onto the first one using adhesive spray. Then, 5 Velcro strips were cut off of the roll. After this, a strip of double sided tape was placed where the Velcro was to be placed. Medical adhesive was then sprayed over the tape. 1 of the Velcro strips was attached onto the inside edge of the silicone laptop cover and repeated the third and fourth steps for the other four strips of Velcro. Then, they were attached to the outside edge of the silicone laptop cover. For the stick on bandage, a square was drawn on the silicone laptop cover with the Sharpie and cut out. Then, a border was drawn around the edge of the square inside, indicating where the adhesive needed to be put.
This experiment can benefit society because many people suffer with eczema. Since there is no cure, anything that can help is worth it. This bandage will make their lives a little bit easier everyday. Also, this bandage can be used as a stepping stone to help in finding a protective bandage for people with Epidermolysis Bullosa. Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB is a condition causing painful blisters to cover the skin. People with this condition need bandages all over their body, just so they can get dressed in the morning. Finding a bandage that works for eczema can be used to develop one for EB.