Doctors stuck on glue

Thursday, July 6th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

More and more dermatologists are recommending a low-cost way to treat paper cuts and other little lacerations: Krazy Glue.

"I myself have had little cuts that were painful, and I just clean them out, slap a little Krazy Glue on, and it's great," says John Meisenheimer, a dermatologist in Orlando, Fla.

But Krazy Glue's owner, Elmer's Products Inc., isn't as enthusiastic about this new use for its product.

"We say right there on the label, 'Warning: Eye and Skin Irritant,'" says Neal Applefeld, senior product manager for Elmer's. He points out that Krazy Glue's label also advises consumers to "avoid contact with skin."

But its fans among doctors seem to be paying more attention to the part of Krazy Glue's label that warns, "Bonds Skin Instantly."

Some skin doctors consider Krazy Glue, at $2 for a 1-ounce tube, a bargain-priced alternative to the FDA-approved medical adhesive, Dermabond, which retails for about $20 an ounce.