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The Unexpected Effects of Zinc Oxide Athletic Tape


Ⅰ. What are uses of the zinc oxide athletic tape?


Zinc oxide athletic tape is widely used in sports and physical therapy. It is usually used to bind injured limbs and joints to restrict or prevent movement. For example, a sprained ankle can be secured with zinc oxide athletic tape. It is also sometimes used to preventively support fragile body parts, especially the wrists and fingers. Finally, some people apply it to areas prone to rubbing to protect or prevent blisters and calluses.


Ⅱ. The role of zinc oxide athletic tape


1. Zinc oxide has an antibacterial effect. Some zinc oxide preparations have antibacterial effects. Zinc oxide nanoparticles can perforate the bacterial cell membrane, change the characteristics of the bacterial cell surface, and increase the oxidative stress of the bacteria. This form of zinc oxide can even accumulate in bacterial cells and cause them to undergo cell-mediated suicide ( such as apoptosis). Some bacteria are susceptible to the antibacterial effects of zinc oxide. For example, zinc oxide prevents the growth of Staphylococcus, a bacterium that lives on the skin and causes Staphylococcus infections. Given the antibacterial properties of zinc oxide, it is not difficult to imagine the benefits of zinc oxide athletic tape.


2. Zinc helps wound healing. For decades, doctors have already known the benefits of using zinc to aid wound healing. It is impressive that zinc oxide has been used to treat skin wounds for more than 3,000 years. The zinc applied to the wound helps the skin regenerate by attracting new skin cells and helping to establish blood flow to the damage (neovascularization). Although it can be used on almost any external wound, zinc oxide athletic tape is handy for skin and soft tissue injuries. When the wound dressing contains zinc oxide, it can accelerate wound healing and reduce complications compared with standard postoperative wound dressings. It is reasonable to choose zinc oxide athletic tape when choosing between medical tapes because of its potential benefits for wound healing.


3. Zinc oxide has a soothing effect on the skin. Zinc oxide sports tape is waterproof, washable, and resistant to the erosion of oil and moisture. But one of the main reasons patients, caregivers, nurses, and doctors use zinc oxide athletic tape is because zinc oxide-based adhesives have a soothing effect on the skin. When dressings need to be changed or bandages removed, zinc oxide athletic tape will not pull and tear the skin as often as other medical tapes. When used, zinc oxide athletic tape has a soothing effect and is gentle on the skin when removed.


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