Summer is the best season for swimming, whether in the pool or in the sea on holiday. However, if you have a wound you'll want to stop it from getting wet, so it's important to protect it with a plaster or dressing.

Not all plasters are fully waterproof though. If you want to protect a cut in the shower, or you need a waterproof plaster for swimming, find the right Elastoplast product for your needs with our handy guide.

Why it’s important to stop wounds from getting wet

Covering a wound that is still healing protects it, meaning you can wash or swim without worrying. If a wound isn't properly protected it can become infected, slowing the wound healing process.

While chlorine keeps swimming pools clean, if you're swimming in the sea or in a lake then microorganisms in the water can cause infections. By keeping wounds dry with a waterproof dressing, you can reduce the risk of infection and improve wound recovery. 

Spending a long time in the water causes skin to wrinkle, which can also delay wound healing. Learn more about wound healing in the Elastoplast Wound Care Routine.
woman wearing Elastoplast waterproof plaster in the shower
Elastoplast waterproof plasters will not go off while washing or showering

Keeping stitches dry

Surgical wounds are usually closed with sutures (stitches). Depending on the wound size and location, sutures will be removed after 5 to 14 days. Learn more about surgical wounds.

If you've been advised to keep your stitches dry, cover them with a waterproof wound dressing to use in the shower or bath. It's best to dab your stitches dry with a clean towel after washing, even if the wound area did not get wet.
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Swimming with an open wound is fine as long as it's small and protected with a waterproof dressing. Wherever you go swimming, it's a good idea to consider what kind of water you'll be in.

Though chlorinated pools may be cleaner than normal lake or sea water, it's still important to keep your wound covered. Some public pools might require cuts and wounds to be covered with a plaster.

Waterproof plasters that actually work

Elastoplast has a range of waterproof dressings that are suitable for swimming and showering. In particular, Elastoplast Bacteria Shield plasters form a protective barrier that prevents 99% of bacteria from coming into contact with the wound. 

Most Elastoplast Bacteria Shield plasters feature a water-repellent backing, which helps to prevent bacteria and water from entering the wound. This means you can bathe or swim safely, knowing your wound is fully protected.
Packshot of Elastoplast Aqua Protect plasters
Elastoplast Aqua Protect plasters are ideal for washing and swimming

Elastoplast Aqua Protect: 100% waterproof

Elastoplast Aqua Protect plasters offer 100% waterproof protection to cover minor wounds. The strong adhesive makes them the best waterproof plasters for swimming, showering and bathing.

Aqua Protect's high-performance adhesive keeps the wound protected for up to 8 hours after application - even after coming into contact with water. The backing is flexible and breathable, offering greater comfort and preventing water from getting trapped around the wound.
Illustration of Elastoplast Aqua Protect features
Elastoplast Aqua Protect features

Elastoplast Water Resistant

Elastoplast Water Resistant plasters are suitable to cover and protect all types of minor wounds. As with Aqua Protect, the strong adhesion ensures the plaster stays in place. The material is breathable and water-resistant.

Available in 40, 30, 20 and 10 strips, these plasters repel dirt as well as water, and also come in a variety of sizes.
Packshot of Elastoplast Water Resistant 40 strips
Elastoplast Water Resistant plasters
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Large waterproof plasters for swimming and showering

Elastoplast's large waterproof plasters are designed to protect medium to large wounds, or post-surgery wounds. Larger wounds are best protected with sterile wound dressings that cushion them.
Sterile Waterproof XL and XXL plasters are suitable for larger or post-operative wounds. The waterproof film means they can be worn while the skin gets wet, as the material keeps water on the surface where it beads off.

Antibacterial Aqua Protect XL and XXL plasters are also suitable for bigger wounds. These extra large waterproof plasters provide sterile protection using antibacterial silver.
Packshot of Elastoplast Aqua Protect MED XXL plasters
Elastoplast Antibacterial Aqua Protect XXL plasters
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Always see a doctor if the wound is deep, bleeds heavily or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.

Please note that, although these were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website.

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