Guide to Bandage Types

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Various Common Bandage Types.

Various Common Bandage Types.

If you’re interested in applying bandages properly, you’ll really benefit from our quick guide. We’re here to explain how specific types of bandages should be applied to scrapes, wounds and other types of injuries. Once you’ve mastered the process, you’ll know that you’re doing things right and that you’re taking steps to protect your wounds and to promote faster healing.

Different Bandage Types Are Available

There are many different bandage types available. Most people are probably familiar with the standard size bandage popularized by the Band-aid company, but some other common bandage types are mini, fingertip, butterfly, and knuckle bandages.



1. Standard & Mini Bandages

Standard bandage application.

Standard bandage application.

Mini Bandage Application.

Mini Bandage Application.


Standard bandages are easy to apply and you’ve probably put on at least a few of them over the years! To begin, you should remove the bandage from its protective packaging. At this point, you should take away the thin plastic which covers its adhesive areas. Press the standard bandage down on your wound and then smooth the bandage across the affected area in order to be sure that its adhesive sticks to your skin. Choose between standard  and mini sizes depending on the size of the wound you wish to cover.


2. Fingertip Bandages

Fingertip Bandage (step 1)

Fingertip Bandage (step 2)

Fingertip Bandage (step 2)


With fingertip bandages, you should unwrap the hourglass-shaped bandage and then cover your affected area with a gauze patch. After this, be sure to wrap the adhesive sections around your finger in order to anchor the bandage.


3. Knuckle Bandages

Knuckle Bandage Applied on Knuckle.

Knuckle Bandage Applied on Knuckle.

Knuckle Bandage Applied on Finger.

Knuckle Bandage Applied on Finger.

Knuckle Bandage Applied on Side.

Knuckle Bandage Applied on Side.


Knuckle bandages have an “H” shape and they are applied the same way that fingertip bandages are. This means adding a gauze patch and then wrapping the adhesive parts of the bandage around the knuckle in order to hold the bandage in place. A knuckle does not necessarily have to be applied only to your knuckles, it could also be applied on the finger around a joint, or even on the side of your finger. Because of its “H” shape, it can be applied in a way that allows more flexibility than a standard bandage so it does not pull off with the movement of your hand.



4. Butterfly Bandages

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Butterfly Bandage Application.

Butterfly bandages are best used for small deep cuts (for example by a very sharp knife). The butterfly bandage pulls the wound together, quickening the healing process and reducing the chance of scarring. To apply butterfly-style bandages, make sure that the wound is clean and dry. Then, unwrap as many bandages as you think you will need. Next, pull the two sides of the wound together by applying the first butterfly bandage. Use as many bandages as you need in order to draw both sides of the wound together. The whole wound should be covered.


As you can see, it’s not too hard to use these bandages, although some people need a few tries before they master fingertip and knuckle bandage application. It’s always smart to have a variety of bandages available, as you’ll always have a variety of options if you get hurt.