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5 Best Gauze Dressings for Wounds

Kevin Cleary

The use of proper wound dressing is a crucial step in wound healing. With the appropriate environment, you can avoid longer healing time and the possibility of infection. Take a look at the wound care section of your local CVS, and your head may explode with all the options available. Often, gauze dressings are the best choice.  

There are several different types of wounds that we are bound to encounter throughout our lifetime. Unfortunately, avoiding them is practically impossible; unfortunately, we are not that lucky, whether skinning your knee as a child, a sports injury, or working around the house. The most common wounds are superficial, limited to the outer layer of skin, while some can be deeper, reaching underlying tissue.

Types of Wounds

1. Nonpenetrating Wounds

Commonly caused by blunt trauma or friction with other surfaces. Often this type of wound does not break through the skin. These are also called open wounds and can include: 

2. Penetrating Wounds

Trauma that breaks through the entire thickness of your skin. These can reach underlying tissue and even organs. Examples of penetrating wounds are:

3. Thermal Wounds

Caused by extreme temperatures, hot or cold, resulting in damage to the skin. Some examples include: 

  • Burns 
  • Frostbite 
  • Sunburn 

Other types of wounds include bee stings, insect bites, chemical burns, and electrical wounds. Although treatment can vary, which kind of dressing is the most common? I bet you figured it out! Yep, one of the most common is the use of gauze dressings. 

5 Best Gauze Dressings For Wounds

Gauze dressings for open wounds seemingly have endless varieties available. The sheer amount of options can make your head spin! So how do you find the right one for your wound type? Here are the 5 best gauze dressings: 

1. Covidien Xeroform Occlusive Petrolatum Gauze Dressing

This FSA-approved gauze dressing contains 3% bismuth tribromophenate for bacterial protection while creating a moist wound bed, preventing the wound from drying out and using a protective barrier against outside contaminants. It cleans and conforms to all body shapes, making it one of the higher-rated gauze dressings available.  

Features of Covidien Occlusive Gauze Dressing

  • Bacteriostatic or antibiotic agent speeds up healing
  • Stops the bacteria from reproducing
  • Available in the patch, overwrap, roll, and strip options
  • Maintains a moist environment

What customers say

Excellent 03/21/23 Janin K. "Great product. I have used these patches for ulcerations/blisters, which healed nicely." 

Covidien Xeroform Occlusive Petrolatum Gauze Dressing

2. Medline Sterile Bordered Gauze Adhesive Island Wound Dressing

Latex-free, FSA-approved, and available in various sizes and package sizes, perfect for any wound and budget.

Features of Medline Sterile Gauze Dressing 

  • Non-adherent soaker pad
  • Non-woven adhesive border perfect for incision sites 
  • Water-resistant backing 
  • 4-layer construction 
  • Air permeable 

This gauze bandage is ideal for pressure, partial & full thickness, shallow and deep wounds, and incision sites. It should not be used for third-degree burns or by those sensitive to its components. 

What customers say

Excellent 02/25/19 Leigh "Was testing various bandages, Medline Sterile Bordered Gauze Adhesive Island Wound Dressing worked fine"

Medline Sterile Bordered Gauze Adhesive Island Wound Dressing

3. Medline Curad Xeroform Sterile Petrolatum Gauze Dressing

FSA-approved and designed to absorb fluid from light-draining wounds while preventing trauma to the surrounding skin during dressing changes. The non-stick design contains 3% bismuth tribomophenate as a deodorizing agent while helping to maintain a moist wound bed. It allows minimal drainage to pass to a secondary gauze dressing and does require a prescription. 

Features of Curad Xeroform Gauze Dressing

  • U.S.P. absorbent fine mesh gauze with the deodorizing agent to maintain moisture
  • Clings and conforms to the wound
  • Permeable to allow minimal drainage
  • The nonadherent design prevents secondary dressings from sticking to the wound surface

What customers say

Excellent 04/05/22 Darwin T. "These dressings were recommended by my physician and are excellent. I’ve used them for several years and they are perfect." 

Medline Curad Xeroform Sterile Petrolatum Gauze Dressing

4. Covidien Kendall Kerlix Gauze Bandage Rolls

Made from 100% prewashed, fluff-dried woven gauze and as a primary dressing, they provide fast-wicking action, superior aeration, and excellent absorbency. In addition, the bulk conformability makes them a customer favorite as a secondary dressing.  

Benefits of Covidien Gauze Rolls

What customers say

Excellent 11/30/19 Norma D. "The product is the same as the one my doctor uses. I was very pleased and got the product very quickly. I recommend this company for your medical products." 

Covidien Kendall Kerlix Gauze Bandage Rolls 4.5' x 4.1 yds

5. Medline Avant Gauze Non-Woven Sterile Sponges

These high-quality medical sponges are designed for various wound care applications. They are FSA-approved and gentle on the skin due to a soft, non-woven fabric that prevents linting while ensuring a clean and comfortable experience.

Features of Non-Woven Gauze Sponges 

  • Fast wicking 
  • Manages heavy exudate 
  • Virtually non-adherent 
  • Latex free 
  • Designed for easy handling and application 

What customers say

Excellent 02/16/22 Guadalupe T. "When cutting my own, there is always the risk of flying fibers that can get into my wound. I don't need that added to my health care. Next time I will be ordering the 4X4 size as they are more useful in covering more area, and they are maneuverable in those tight curvature areas of the jaw." 

Medline Avant Gauze Non-Woven Sterile Sponges


Check our website,, for these five great gauze dressings. Ask your doctor if you have questions about choosing the proper gauze dressing for your wound type. Be diligent, and keep your wound bed clean and moist; healing will happen quickly. 


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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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