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What is medical tape?

Medical tape is used to hold gauze, wound dressings, and medical tubing in place. Surgical tape provides a strong hold, yet is safe on the skin. It is designed to be breathable and many varieties are hypoallergenic tape.

Types of medical tape

Medical tape is available in several different materials to better fit various types of wounds and parts of the body. Choose from different types of medical adhesive tape including cloth, plastic, and paper.

Cloth

Cloth medical tape has a fabric backing that makes it very flexible and durable. It conforms to awkward areas of the body, so it is ideal for use on places like elbows and knees. Cloth surgical tape also adjusts diagonally and horizontally to accommodate any swelling or movement throughout the day. Medipore is a popular brand of cloth tape.

Plastic

Plastic medical tape is transparent and water resistant. This type of tape sticks to damp skin and maintains strong adhesion. One other benefit of plastic surgical tape is that it does not stick to medical gloves, making it easy to handle. This type of tape is not as flexible as other materials but still provides a strong hold. It is ideal for securing tubing on the body.

Paper

Paper surgical tape has tiny holes throughout the material, making it very breathable. This allows for proper air circulation and helps speed healing. Paper medical tape is gentle on the skin and does not leave behind a sticky residue. It is commonly used to hold wound dressings in place. Paper tape is not as flexible or elastic as other types of tape. However, the stiffer material makes it easy to tear.

Adhesive remover

No matter what type of medical tape you choose, we recommend using an adhesive remover when removing the tape. This product breaks down the self-adherent glue to prevent skin damage and discomfort. Thoroughly removing residue from the skin will also help the next band-aid or medical tape adhere better.

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We provide a large selection of medical products that can be quickly shipped to your door. Shop our complete collection of medical-grade tape today.

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Picture of 3M Blenderm - Waterproof Plastic Tape (Hypoallergenic)

3M Blenderm - Waterproof Plastic Tape (Hypoallergenic)

  • Flexible for hard to tape areas
  • Adhesive plastic tape
  • Waterproof
  • Hypoallergenic
  • 1": each, box of 12, case of 10 boxes (120)
  • 2": each, box of 6, case of 10 boxes (60)
From: $1.28
Picture of 3M Durapore - Silk-like Surgical Tape (Hypoallergenic)

3M Durapore - Silk-like Surgical Tape (Hypoallergenic)

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Silky soft adhesive tape
  • Easy tear Durapore silk-like medical tape
  • 1" each, box of 12, case of 10 boxes (120)
  • 2" each, box of 6, case of 10 boxes (60)
  • 3" each, box of 4, case of 10 boxes (40)
From: $1.07
Picture of 3M Microfoam - Elastic Surgical Tape (Hypoallergenic)

3M Microfoam - Elastic Surgical Tape (Hypoallergenic)

  • Closed cell foam adhesive tape
  • Conforms to body contours
  • Surgical tape that protects and cushions
  • Does not contain dry natural rubber
From: $2.18
Picture of 3M Micropore Paper Tape

3M Micropore Paper Tape

  • Paper medical tape
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Adhesive tape that works well on sensitive skin
  • Adheres to damp skin with no problem
  • Hypoallergenic
  • 1/2": each, box of 24, case of 10 boxes (240)
  • 1": each, box of 12, case of 10 boxes (120)
  • 2": each, box of 6, case of 10 boxes (60)
  • 3": each, box of 4, case of 10 boxes (40)
From: $0.33
Picture of 3M Nexcare - Absolute Waterproof First Aid Tape (hypoallergenic)

3M Nexcare - Absolute Waterproof First Aid Tape (hypoallergenic)

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Adheres to wet skin
  • Cushioned protection
  • Stretches with your body
  • Breathable waterproof medical tape
  • Each, case of 24
From: $5.45
Picture of 3M Nexcare - Strong Hold Medical Tape

3M Nexcare - Strong Hold Medical Tape

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Water resistant
  • Gentle on delicate skin
  • Each, case of 24
From: $10.95
Picture of 3M Transpore - Plastic Tape (hypoallergenic)

3M Transpore - Plastic Tape (hypoallergenic)

  • Easy, straight, bidirectional tear allows for custom sizes
  • Transparent porous tape
  • Transparent adhesive sticks to skin for secure, accurate placement
  • Works well with sensitive skin
  • Transpore Tape by 3M is hypoallergenic and latex free
  • Waterproof
  • Made in the USA
  • 1": each, box of 12, case of 10 boxes (120)
  • 2": each, box of 6, case of 10 boxes (60)
  • 3": each, box of 4, case of 10 boxes (40)
From: $1.21
Picture of BSN Medical - Leukotape P Sports Tape (compares to Kinesio Tape)

BSN Medical - Leukotape P Sports Tape (compares to Kinesio Tape)

  • Contains natural rubber latex
  • Patellofemoral rigid strapping tape
  • Ideal for Kinesio Sports taping techniques
  • Provides comfort, compression, and gentle support
From: $13.95
Picture of BSN Medical-Jobst - Tensoplast Elastic Adhesive Compression Bandage

BSN Medical-Jobst - Tensoplast Elastic Adhesive Compression Bandage

  • Stretchable woven cotton bandage
  • Molds to hold on any body part
  • Provides comfort, compression, and gentle support
  • Each, case of 36
From: $4.39
Picture of Dynarex - Clear Surgical Tape

Dynarex - Clear Surgical Tape

  • Highly porous
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Superior adhesion
  • Conforms to body as it stretches
  • Transparent tape allows visualization of protected site
From: $1.04
Picture of Dynarex - Hypo-allergenic Paper Surgical Tape

Dynarex - Hypo-allergenic Paper Surgical Tape

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Easy to tean and easy to use
  • Superior skin adhesion with mininal irritation
From: $0.60
Picture of Dynarex - White Athletic Tape

Dynarex - White Athletic Tape

  • Basic support tape
  • Roll length: 15 yards
  • Roll size: 1 1/2" and 2"
  • Provides immediate support from athletic injuries
From: $2.62
Picture of Elastikon by Actimove Elastic Tape

Elastikon by Actimove Elastic Tape

Elastikon by Actimove Elastic Tape, Sport Elastic Adhesive Tape

  • Soft cotton elastic adhesive tape for comfortable wear
  • User-friendly centerline for easy application
  • Reliable compression support for sprains, strains, and muscle injuries
  • Conforms to joints like elbows, knees, and shoulders
  • Allows skin to breathe while facilitating moisture passage
  • Available in two practical sizes: 1" wide, 2.5 yards long, and 2" wide, 2.5 yards long
From: $2.99
Picture of Hy-Tape - Zinc Oxide Waterproof Pink Tape

Hy-Tape - Zinc Oxide Waterproof Pink Tape

  • Washable
  • Waterproof
  • Zinc oxide base
  • Prevents irritation
  • Each, case of 36
From: $2.45
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Picture of Hy-Tape - Zinc Oxide Waterproof Pink Tape 4" x 4" Adhesive Patches

Hy-Tape - Zinc Oxide Waterproof Pink Tape 4" x 4" Adhesive Patches

  • Box of 25
  • 4" x 4" patches
  • Made in the USA
  • Zinc oxide based adhesive formula
  • Thin and conforming waterproof medical tape
From: $28.95
Picture of Hy-Tape - Zinc Oxide Waterproof Pink Tape Pre-Cut Strips

Hy-Tape - Zinc Oxide Waterproof Pink Tape Pre-Cut Strips

  • Washable
  • Waterproof
  • Made in the USA
  • Thin and conforming
  • Gentle on delicate skin
  • Zinc oxide based adhesive formula
  • Extended wear medical tape
From: $62.95
Picture of Kinesio - CKTP Classic Sports Tape

Kinesio - CKTP Classic Sports Tape

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Water resistant
  • Nonrestrictive
  • 100% cotton for breathability and comfort
  • Fast and effective pain relief and support for muscle aches and injuries
From: $9.02
Picture of Molnlycke Mefix - Self Adhesive Fabric Tape

Molnlycke Mefix - Self Adhesive Fabric Tape

  • Adhesive is gentle on skin
  • Breathable tape allows air to reach the wound
  • Provides secure fixation to flexing areas
  • Stretchable fabric provides barrier to blood and fluids
  • Premeasured paper backing for measuring and cutting convenience
From: $6.45
Picture of Molnlycke Mepitac - Soft Silicone Tape

Molnlycke Mepitac - Soft Silicone Tape

  • Breathable
  • 3/4" x 118", 1 1/2" x 59"
  • Atraumatic to the skin on removal
  • Conforms well to body contours
  • Leaves no residue
  • Moisture proof film backing
  • Helps protect fragile or sensitive skin
  • Sterile
From: $15.45
Picture of Opsite - Flexifix Tape

Opsite - Flexifix Tape

  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Wear time: 7 days
  • Highly conformable, durable, and extensible
  • Plastic acrylic adhesive flexifix tape
  • Hold wound dressings, catheters, tubes, and ostomy appliances securely in place
From: $16.43
Picture of BSN Medical - Cover Roll Stretch Non-Woven Adhesive Bandage

BSN Medical - Cover Roll Stretch Non-Woven Adhesive Bandage

  • Cut to fit wound dressing retention tape
  • Contours to the body well, even hard to reach areas like elbows and knees
  • Medical tape that protects against contamination, holds firm and is economical
From: $12.45
Picture of BSN Medical - Hypafix Dressing Retention Tape

BSN Medical - Hypafix Dressing Retention Tape

  • Permeable to moisture and air, reduces maceration
  • Soft, non-woven medical tape ideal for wound dressings
  • Conformable and easy to use around joints and awkward body areas
  • A versatile medical tape to hold dressings, catheters, and trach tubes securely in place
  • Each, box of 24
From: $13.45
Picture of 3M Medipore H - Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

3M Medipore H - Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

  • Stronger adhesion
  • Perforated rolls - no scissors needed
  • Increased gentleness for complex applications
  • 1"- 2/pack, case of 12 packs
  • 2", 3", 4", each, case of 12 rolls
From: $8.47
Picture of Dynarex Waterproof Tri-Cut Medical Tape

Dynarex Waterproof Tri-Cut Medical Tape

  • The Dynarex Waterproof Tri-Cut Tape is a medical tape designed for wound care needs
  • It offers superior protection against water penetration, making it a perfect choice for wet conditions
  • The strong adhesive properties ensure that dressings stay firmly in place, providing extra security and protection for wounds
  • The spooled design makes measuring, cutting, and application of the tape easy and convenient
  • The tri-cut design features three widths on one spool, providing maximum flexibility for wound care needs
  • It is ideal for first aid and emergency situations, long-term care, and at-home wound care, making it a versatile and adaptable solution for various settings
  • 2" by 5 yards. Waterproof latex-free tape has 3 pre-cut widths on 1 plastic spool, can be cut by 1/2", 1", or 2" width
From: $2.36
Picture of 3M Transpore White Plastic Tape

3M Transpore White Plastic Tape

3M Transpore White Plastic Tape

  • Gentle to the skin, ensuring comfort during use
  • Easy, straight bi-directional tear for convenient application
  • Breathable material to maintain skin integrity
  • Good initial and long-term adhesion (up to 72 hours)
  • Easy to handle, even with gloves on
  • Hypoallergenic and latex-free, suitable for sensitive skin

Available Sizes:

  • 3M15342: 2" width, available in Each, Box of 6, and Case of 60
  • 3M15343: 3" width, available in Each, Box of 4, and Case of 40
From: $2.58
Product Information

What is medical tape?

Medical tape is used to hold gauze, wound dressings, and medical tubing in place. Surgical tape provides a strong hold, yet is safe on the skin. It is designed to be breathable and many varieties are hypoallergenic tape.

Types of medical tape

Medical tape is available in several different materials to better fit various types of wounds and parts of the body. Choose from different types of medical adhesive tape including cloth, plastic, and paper.

Cloth

Cloth medical tape has a fabric backing that makes it very flexible and durable. It conforms to awkward areas of the body, so it is ideal for use on places like elbows and knees. Cloth surgical tape also adjusts diagonally and horizontally to accommodate any swelling or movement throughout the day. Medipore is a popular brand of cloth tape.

Plastic

Plastic medical tape is transparent and water resistant. This type of tape sticks to damp skin and maintains strong adhesion. One other benefit of plastic surgical tape is that it does not stick to medical gloves, making it easy to handle. This type of tape is not as flexible as other materials but still provides a strong hold. It is ideal for securing tubing on the body.

Paper

Paper surgical tape has tiny holes throughout the material, making it very breathable. This allows for proper air circulation and helps speed healing. Paper medical tape is gentle on the skin and does not leave behind a sticky residue. It is commonly used to hold wound dressings in place. Paper tape is not as flexible or elastic as other types of tape. However, the stiffer material makes it easy to tear.

Adhesive remover

No matter what type of medical tape you choose, we recommend using an adhesive remover when removing the tape. This product breaks down the self-adherent glue to prevent skin damage and discomfort. Thoroughly removing residue from the skin will also help the next band-aid or medical tape adhere better.

Order medical supplies online

We provide a large selection of medical products that can be quickly shipped to your door. Shop our complete collection of medical-grade tape today.

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