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Bandages On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Bandages On Shabbat 🩹

״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)

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May one use bandages on Shabbat?


It is permissible to use non-medicated band-aids on Shabbat -- this

includes tearing open the wrapper, removing the stickers, and applying

the band-aid.[1] It is also permissible to remove a band-aid on Shabbat. However, it is preferable to wait until after Shabbat to take off a band-aid if one is certain that he will cause hairs to be pulled out in the process.[2]

Nonetheless, It is forbidden on Shabbat to apply an ointment to a bandage, and if such a bandage had been placed on a wound before Shabbat, it is forbidden to replace it if it fell off, or to put on a new one.[3] If, however, the bandage needs to be changed to prevent infection, one may prepare bandages with ointment before Shabbat and then replace his bandage on Shabbat as needed.[4] If it is a very deep cut, and one needs to put an ointment in order to prevent infection, one may place the ointment on the cut on Shabbat.[5]

Adapted From R' Yonatan Nacsons "Laws Of Shabbat" vol. 2, p. 302-303


[1]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 403; Yalkut Yosef, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 177.

[2]. Halichot Olam, vol. 4, pp. 204 & 235; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, pp. 370 & 404. See also Ohr LeTzion, vol. 2, 36:15.

[3]. If the bandage did not fall directly on the ground, then one may put it back on. Similarly, one may ask a non-Jew to put the bandage back on ( Shulchan Aruch 328:25; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 403).

[4]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 5, p. 60; Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 203. If possible, one should ask a non-Jew to put on the bandage.

[5]. Yalkut Yosef, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 178. Menuchat Ahavah, vol. 1, 21:58 adds that one should not soak a piece of cotton in a disinfectant. Rather, one should put the disinfectant on the cut and then place it on the affected area, this way, one avoids the issue of squeezing the cotton.

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