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Old 02-02-2010, 08:26 PM
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This question is for the professionals out there, is the high cost of Dermabond worth it? Or is standard Superglue/Crazyglue equally safe and effective at closing wounds? Thoughts? First-hand experience? Thanks!
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Far from a pro. but can tell you that super glue will bond skin back together. My bud just closed a gaping hole in his beagle's neck with it. I have used it on mine and on my hand. Dr.s use it daily so it must work.
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Far from a pro. but can tell you that super glue will bond skin back together. My bud just closed a gaping hole in his beagle's neck with it. I have used it on mine and on my hand. Dr.s use it daily so it must work.
Thanks for the quick reply, I know Superglue works I'm just trying to figure out why Dermabond costs $30 for 0.5 mL!
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superglue or crazyglue is methyl 2-cyanoacrylate, ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate .

dermabond is 2-octyl cyanoacrylate

they are similar but different compounds.

superglue can irritate tissue whereas dermabond doesnt to a lesser extent.

dermabond got FDA approval because of the lack of irritation and due to the fact that its manufactured specifically for human use. superglue isnt and didnt.

However, if no other option you could use superglue, however you need to arrest the bleeding as blood reacts with the glue to form a rather nasty scab.

As for the price, well are you surprised that the medical/drug companies are trying to screw you out of your hard earned money.
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Not for most people, derma-bond's shelf life is only about two years max. Superglue can cause heating on the skin where it is applied. Superglue avalibility is hard to argue with. Application and properties are very similar.
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Look for some 3M Vetbond. Exactly the same thing as Dermabond (octyl cyanoacrylate)
and half the price. Still expensive as hell though. The benefits over derma/vetbond, is that the exposed tissues do not react to it like they do to superglue.

If I have to close a gaping wound however, my choice is still staples or sutures, not in that particular order. I've used dermabond for small cuts, basically anything that I could use a butterfly or wound closure strips on.

I carry neither in my TK/FAK (dermabond/vetbond/superglue)
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superglue or crazyglue is methyl 2-cyanoacrylate, ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate .

dermabond is 2-octyl cyanoacrylate

they are similar but different compounds.

superglue can irritate tissue whereas dermabond doesnt to a lesser extent.

dermabond got FDA approval because of the lack of irritation and due to the fact that its manufactured specifically for human use. superglue isnt and didnt.

However, if no other option you could use superglue, however you need to arrest the bleeding as blood reacts with the glue to form a rather nasty scab.

As for the price, well are you surprised that the medical/drug companies are trying to screw you out of your hard earned money.

That is true regarding the dermabond vs the superglue. Superglue also causes a heat reaction when placed on wet tissue of the skin. Which is where the octyl cyanoacrylate came into play vs the ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate.

I dont carry either superglue or dermabond in my kits! Personal prefence. Most wounds can be closed with proper dressing.
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It is my understanding that "Superglue" came about originally from the research for a glue alternative to stitches. The gell version is most applicable.

A veterinary version known as E.M.T. is sold. I have used it for tearing wounds such as on dogs pads, etc. I carry it while hunting for my dogs, but also as an emergency wound closure for humans.
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Personal experience talking here ... I use SUPERGLUE in my "nether regions" following birth. Learned this from another homebirth mama who used it in two of her three births and taught lots of people about it. I didn't have issues with it heating up or making nasty scabs when in contact with blood (tends to be lots of blood following birth). And I never heard of other homebirth moms having issues with it.

So I'm of the mind that if it works in my most sensitive regions then it's good enough for the rest of my body. But that's just me.
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As for the price, well are you surprised that the medical/drug companies are trying to screw you out of your hard earned money.
Uhh...No! LOL
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I've read that it is important to leave a drain hole when using Superglue.
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