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!