Selected store: 


8 items filtered*
Price and inventory may vary from online to in store.
8 items*
Price and inventory may vary from online to in store.

More information about Hydrocolloid Bandages

Bandages come in a variety of shapes, sizes and types. The best bandage choice is usually based upon the size, location and type of wound on your body. It’s important to make sure that the wound is clean and protected from infection. Bandages can help protect a wound from further injury, and they can also help prevent it from getting dirty. At Walgreens, you can find many different types of bandages in stores and online to suit your needs, including hydrocolloid bandages and patches. Hydrocolloid bandages are used to help provide an optimal environment for skin wound healing.

What is hydrocolloid?

Hydrocolloid is a gel-forming material made of ingredients like pectin, gelatin and cellulose, which absorb moisture.

How do hydrocolloid bandages work?

A hydrocolloid bandage absorbs any fluids that may come from a wound, providing a moist environment for the skin to heal. The bandage also covers and protects the wound from outside contamination due to dirt and germs.

What is a hydrocolloid bandage used for?

People use hydrocolloid bandages for many different skin wounds, including minor cuts and scrapes, blisters, burns and even acne. Some hydrocolloid patches are made specifically for cold sores, with ingredients like silicone and hydrocolloid to promote the healing of open sores.

Are hydrocolloid bandages waterproof?

Hydrocolloid bandages are generally waterproof. However, if there is break in the adhesive, such as in a bend of a body part, water can leak into the bandage and cause it to swell.

Can hydrocolloid bandages be used on blisters or acne?

Open blisters and acne can be covered with a hydrocolloid bandage to promote faster healing.

When should you not use hydrocolloid bandages?

You should not use a hydrocolloid bandage if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the product.

How long do you leave a hydrocolloid bandage on?

Hydrocolloid bandages can be kept on a wound for a few days or up to a week, depending on how much drainage is absorbed within the bandage and if the adhesive of the bandage remains intact.

Minor superficial wounds may be treated at home, but they should be cleaned and protected from infection. You can find a variety of products at Walgreens to help keep wounds protected and promote healing. You should see your healthcare provider if a wound gets worse or shows any signs of infection, including a foul smell, redness or soreness. Your wound may need additional medical treatment.

* The total item count is approximate. The count will be inaccurate when sponsored products are displayed, when multiple sizes or colors of a product are grouped on a single product card, and when the in-stock filter is applied. Restrictions apply.

* Restrictions apply. See for more information.