Hydrocolloids are flexible, semi-permeable adhesive materials made of hydrophilic molecules. They offer a high breathability and exudate absorption making it a great option for healing of a skin injury. Hydrocolloids provide a moist environment which allow body enzymes to help heal and are impermeable to outside contamination. Hydrocolloid dressings are ideal for retaining moisture and can be worn up to seven days. Advantages of hydrocolloids are in the ability to be worn while showering, offer gentle repositionable adhesion, and provide additional padding.
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