There are many products on the market that prevent infections by killing bacteria and promote wound healing. The antibiotic type ointments on the market such as Neosporin, polysporin, triple antibiotic ointments contain mostly synthetic chemicals in their products. They do well healing cuts and wounds, but one thing that they have failed at is inhibiting MRSA infections (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
MRSA is spread through skin-to-skin contact in people who are prone to cuts and scrapes like children and athletes. An MRSA infection can quickly spread to the blood, lungs, and other organs and turn serious quickly. Translating these issues when you are on a surf trip is definitely a problem you want to leave out.
Doing research on these issues is the reason why we have not included any triple antibiotic ointments in our kits. We have added a new product in all of our kits to promote healing and to combat MRSA infections. The product I want to introduce is Tecnu First Aid Gel. This antibiotic free gel contains the active ingredients: Lidocaine HCl (pain reliever), Benzethonium Cl and the inactive ingredients: Aminomethyl Propanol, Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Carbomer, Cocamide DEA, Disodium EDTA, Glycerine, Polyoxy 35 Castor Oil, Water (Purified), Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil, and White Thyme Oil. The water based gel easily absorbs into the skin and allows your wound to breathe, promoting faster healing times.
After combining all of the essential properties of this first aid gel and how effective it was on wound healing and the natural ingredients it contained, there was no reason not to add this product to all of our surfer’s first aid kits.
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