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Hiking? Don’t Forget To Pack Super Glue!

May 28th, 2013
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hiking[Photo Credits:  Hiking:  San Diego Magazine & Super Glue:  Super Glue Corporation]

It’s summer and it seems that everyone is taking a hike!  Whether it’s daily hiking; weekend trail hiking; or week long treks into the Sierras, hiking has gained great strides as a popular activity for all ages.   Here’s some information we published in our blog a year or two ago that we thought we’d send out again in case you missed it the first time … check out why taking a little tube of super glue with you on your hike could prove to be the smartest thing you can do for yourself AND your fellow hikers …

If you’re hiking it’s important to carry some supplies with you as convenient stores aren’t available on every switchback (thankfully!), however, you don’t want to load yourself down so much that your supplies become more of a burden than a blessing.  Making sure that your supplies are small, lightweight and serve more than one purpose is key.

According to our readers, and other reliable sources, super glue fits all of these criteria and is one “must-have” for hikers.  Here’s why:

  • BLISTER RELIEF:  Hikers tell us that when they begin to feel the early burn of a blister coming on, inside their boots, applying a drop or two to the sore area provides a buffer from the moisture and friction that can eventually lead to a full blown blister.  Additionally, if a blister develops, and ruptures, a thin coat of super glue serves as a temporary bandage for the inflamed area.
  • HIKING BOOT REPAIR:  Comfortable hiking boots are key to a good hiking experience, however, comfortable hiking boots may also be old and broken in, and therefore, likely to split or separate at the sole.  Super Glue bonds well with metal, rubber, and leather and can be used to repair shoe soles and get you back on the trail in seconds.  Similarly,  if shoestrings are frayed, and ragged, a drop of super glue on each end of the shoestring will pull all that fray together so that you can easily thread the laces through the eyes on your boot.
  • WALKING STICK CREATION:  A good walking stick is important for hikers.  You can make your own simply with a straight tree limb, some cloth or cord and some super glue.
  • DENTAL CROWN SALVATION:  We don’t condone using super glue in your mouth, but our readers OFTEN send us their stories of how super glue saved them, and their teeth, in difficult situations.  If your dental crown falls out while you’re hiking a little super glue can help lock it back into place temporarily until you can get yourself into a dentist.  Having your crown back in your mouth will ensure that you won’t lose it and that you can still eat while on your hike – another key to a successful hiking experience ;) !
  • TORN DOG PAD REPAIR:  Hiking with man’s best friend is fun, and great for safety reasons as well, however, dogs can easily get cuts, scrapes and torn pads along the trail.  A few drops of super glue on their pads provides some quick pain relief for your pup!
  • CUT & SCRAPE RELIEF:  Along with blisters, cuts and scrapes are always likely to occur along the trail.  Whether it be from a tree limb, bush, or rock as you’re hiking, or from a sharp knife cut while you’re cleaning the fish for dinner over the campfire, a drop of super glue applied to an external cut or scrape helps stop the bleeding and also serves as a barrier against bacteria getting into the cut.  Again, it’s just a temporary, emergency fix until you can see your doctor, but one you may be grateful to have at your disposal.
  • FLY TYING:  Fly fishers are known for hiking into isolated rivers and streams to catch that elusive brown trout and his friends.  Flyfishermen tell us they love to use super glue to create the perfect fly for fishing.  Having some super glue along ensures that you can replicate any fly, on the fly!

So there you have our top reasons to take super glue hiking with you.  There are probably lots more.  Are you a hiker?  Do you carry super glue along the trail with you?  If so, tell us your story and you may win free samples.  What other supplies have you found to be essential and versatile for hiking?  We’d love to hear from you!

HAPPY HIKING!

Super Glue Making Health News for Multiple Uses!

February 14th, 2013
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An article by Sharon Worcester, in the January 2013 issue of Skin and Allergy News states “A cyanoacrylate adhesive-based implant is feasible, safe and effective for the treatment of great saphenous vein incompetence, according to 1-year follow up data from the first study of the product in humans….. Of 38 patients with an incompetent great saphenous vein who were treated with a proprietary formulation of cyanoacrylate adhesive (known as superglue), 100% deomonstrated complete closure of the vein immediately and at the 48-hour follow-up, as measured using duplex ultrasound and clinical examination; after 1 year, 92% maintained complete closure, said Dr. Proebstle of Hirschberg, Germany.” 

Additionally a report, written by Bruce Jancin, in the December 1, 2011 of Skin & Allergy News  found that “Applying a fast-drying cyanoacrylate glue to the proximal nail fold once or twice weekly is an inexpensive and effective treatment for the habit-tic condition of onychotillomania … often categorized as a compulsive psychiatric disorder … The likely mechanisms of benefit from the cyanoacrylate glue, such as Super Glue or Krazy Glue, are twofold:  the built-up layer of glue creates a physical barrier that helps protect the proximal nail fold against the patient’s mindless repetitive picking, and, at the same time, the artificial layer promotes self-awareness of the tic habit, said Dr. Blatiere, a dermatologist at the University of Montpellier (France).” 

This amazing health news comes as no surprise to the makers of super glue at Super Glue Corporation.   Cyanoacrylates, commonly referred to as Super Glues or CAs, have been used for decades in a wide range of industries.  Dr. Harry Coover serendipitously discovered the original product in a government research assignment to find a better way to cast gun sights.  He discarded the product for that purpose because it was too sticky to be practical.  Six years later he went back to the product he had developed knowing that he had discovered a new class of adhesives.  According to Dr. Coover, “it is probably the best single material that has more uses than any other material we have.”  Check out this video

One of the first uses of cyanoacrylates was for wound closure during the Vietnam War.  It is a very “potent hemostatic agent” according to Dr. Coover and was initailly used extensively to topically stop bleeding.  Since that time it has been used in conjunction with deep stitches in a wide range of surgical procedures.  Additionally, cyanoacrylates are used topically by hikers, musicians, athletes and others, providing relief from pain, and protection from infection and fungus, on blisters, calluses,a and paper cuts.  Cyanoacrylates have been used in the cosmetic nail industry for years in a variety of ways including nail tip application, nail repair, silk wraps, acrylics and powder applications.  Most recently, cyanoacrylates are being used in conjunction with a color gel to produce a glossy smooth finish that dries in minutes.  Studies have shown that topical use of cyanoacrylates is safe although the product should not be used near lips, mouth, or skin exposed to hair or body fluids.

We know that eventually cyanoacrylates will break down with extended exposure to water or alcohol, but consumers have sent us eyewitness testimony that our cyanoacrylates have held their dental caps on for years.  Coral fraggers have told us about their success in using our super glue products to propagate coral underwater for long periods of time, so while we know the product breaks down with exposure to water it seems to hold for a reasonable length of time.

We are proud to be associated with this truly exceptional, safe, effective, multi-use product and were happy to be in attendance when Dr. Harry Coover was presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for discovering it!