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Such a frequent and simple procedure as the removal of adhesive plaster from the skin of a patient is not infrequently accompanied by considerable pain and discomfort. Especially is this true if the plaster has been placed over hairy surfaces, or if the hair has grown subsequent to the application of the plaster. The usual methods of aiding the removal of the plaster by the use of benzin, alcohol and peroxid of hydrogen are not particularly effectual while, in themselves, these agents often add to the patient's discomfort.
I discovered by accident that oil of wintergreen when applied to adhesive plaster removed completely the adhesive elements in a very short time and since that time I have found this agent a most useful one for this purpose. It is necessary only to use a small amount of the oil, which is applied directly to the plaster and easily spreads itself
BEARDSLEY EJG. AN EASY AND PAINLESS METHOD OF REMOVING ADHESIVE PLASTER. JAMA. 1911;LVI(4):263. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560040031014
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