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   Posted 3/4/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter seems to be allergic to whatever adhesive they use on bandaids.  But what is weird is that she only has this allergic reaction on her arms.  It actually causes her skin to scab over where the adhesive is.  Now I am starting to have the same reaction but only on my chest.  Does anyone know if they recently changed the ingredients of bandaid adhesive?  Is this a common allergic reaction?
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   Posted 3/4/2009 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I am allergic to almost every type of bandaid. My skin blisters where the adhesive adhers to it. I could get around that but a new problem cropped up. I was in the ER due to a severe asthma attack and they of course started an IV. They used one of the clear adhesive rectangles to hold the IV needle in place. When they took it off I had a blistered area 2 x 3 inches. Paper tape does the same thing.

I had my second allergist/immunologist specialty appointment today. I was told that I am extremely allergic to one or more substances. All the common ones that they test for are not the culprits. She elected not to do skin testing because she doubts they will find the culprits. She also said this response is likely worse since I have been off Remicade and Humira for over a year.

Didn't really answer your question other than to commiserate. I can tolerate Bandaid brand flexible fabric bandaids. I don't blister with those. Also the cartoon type badages are the worse cause of blistering in me.
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm allergic to most bandaides, except for the cloth ones and bandaid allergies are quite common,
it could be either the adhesive or the latex, for me it's the latex, I'll get really itchy and a rash from
the latex bandaides. Try the cloth bandaides to rule out the latex allergy, and if it is a latex allergy
all your daughter doctor's will need to know and most doctors now use latex free gloves...
I wish you well Sherry and hope you and your daughter are feeling better soon, if not then
get into the doctors office, okay...
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm allergic to them too, I break in rashes. I can do fabric bandaids. Also, the best for me is co-band (that colored stuff they use when you give blood). sometimes I evenmake a makeshift bandaid by using a papertowel or napkin and having it go all the way around then using medical tape to secure (but I make sure tape isnt touching me, thats why I use extra towel or gauze).
 
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   Posted 3/5/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the reaction to the Bandaid brand Flexible Fabric ones. I haven't tried using the bandaids anywhere else and I definately can't use them on my chest. I had a punch biopsy done and I have 3 stitches on my chest. A bit unsightly! lol But what can I do eh? I get the stitches out next Monday anyway. And my daughter had those plastic bandaids from the doctors office put on her arm after having the Guardisil vaccine. She doesn't have the reaction anywhere else though. My MIL was telling me the same thing Ides, she blisters up instantly if a bandaid or any sort of tape is applied anywhere on her body. I was talking to her the other day about this and she was wondering if perhaps they changed the formula.

Smurfy, that is a good idea about the napkin/paper towel. I will have to keep that in mind for my daughter next time.
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   Posted 3/5/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Smurfy, maybe use silk ribbon to keep the gauze tied on with, usually gauze is made with silk
not many people allergic to silk, so try the gauze and silk ribbon to keep it in place....
Sherry any results from the biopseyies? Are you okay? Worried about ya and will
have you in my prayers tonight, you take care and lots of soft HUGZ...
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   Posted 3/5/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Try the latex free bandaids. Flexible fabric is not latex free. It has to say latex free. Both my kids are allergic to latex.

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   Posted 3/5/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
What is interesting is that I am NOT allergic to latex. So there is something else in the adhesives causing the problem IMHO. I also insist that they use the co-band after drawing blood. All the bandaids and tape they use in the local lab cause me problems.
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   Posted 3/5/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have no issues with latex. No hives, no swelling no nothing. I think it's just whatever adhesive they use on the bandaids that I am sensitive to and the same for my daughter. She has no problem with latex either.

Char, no I don't know the results of the biopsies yet. I get my stitches out on Monday so I'm sure I will find out then. It was either I had a cyst or it was skin cancer. I'm thinking it was probably a cyst because I am very highly prone to cysts. So I'm not worried about it. :)
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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Only certain plastics bug me, its probably more so a chemical allergic reaction in an ingredient that is common in all.
 
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   Posted 3/6/2009 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Be really careful not to use the bandaids or tape anymore. I started with the blistering but now if a doctor or hospital uses them on me, it takes the top layer of skin right off. When I had gallbladder surgery, I told the hospital staff that I was allergic to all tape and ofcourse, they used it on top of the metal stitches in surgery. I went back to the doctor to get stitches out and almost no scarring from the surgery but long rectangle scars from the tape. He had the nerve to ask what it was...I told him that I told HIM I was allergic to tape. They can still do anything they want to you while you are knocked out:( Plus, it really hurts. Now, I will be more assertive with them not to use it. I wonder if these medical people think you make it up!! I do the gauze to cover skin and cloth take around that so it touches no skin.

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   Posted 3/6/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is a little tip in case you ever has surgery in the future. Ask the nurse for one of those body markers, write close by where the surgery is to be performed that you have a severe allergic reaction to adhesives. That way they will see this why you are under and hopefully not put anything on that can cause that reaction.
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   Posted 3/6/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Red:) I will try that but hope never to need surgery again..yeah, right! As it is, I fear the tape more than the surgery.

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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
IDES. I stumbled upon this site for I was Googling "allergy to band aids". I recently had blood work done along with a flex sig. While getting the IV I noticed my arm starting to get red; that went away. However, both areas on my arm where I had band aids and medical tape are both red rash and resembles a sunburn. You made mention to being on Remicade. I also have Crohn's and currently on Pentassa and headed to Remicade treatment. Anyways, I thought it was coincidental that you have the skin allergy to the material used in the "tape" along with having Crohn's. Wonder if there's any relation in regards to sensitivity to skin and the meds? Mystery.

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   Posted 4/20/2009 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always had adhesive/bandaid reaction. I don't know if you can get this brand, but they're good for me...I've worn these bandaids for weeks at a time with no reaction.

Top Care, no latex, sheer. (They're the generic brand that the grocery store in my area uses--the store is Wegman's)
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   Posted 4/28/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had problems in the past from Band Aid FlexibleFabric Bandages on several occasions. First time was a year or so ago. The problem was when I removed the bandaid from my big toe.  It took a bit of skin off, and that is a rough and calloused area.  Most recently was on my chest when I removed the bandaids it took skin off under the areas where the bandaid was adhered at the four corners - the area was very red and also after a couple of days I forgot about the area and was washing in the shower and the light friction of the cloth caused one area to actually bleed enough that I had to put Neosporin on a small gauze pad and secure it with my clothing. I wasn't about to use yet another bandaid after that bad experience.  The contact point all scabbed over and they are still shakehead very red and ugly looking even now that the scabs gradually went away on their own.   I called customer relations at Johnson and Johnson to report it to them.  Don't think I'll be using the Flexible Fabric Bandages any more!!!!  I am not on any med's.

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   Posted 11/16/2009 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I am allergic to the chemical in the adhesive..."balsum of peru" (aka balsam of peru) ..its a tree sap that has adhesive qualities and is used in menay bandaids. When I had my allergies tested, balsum was one of the things they tested for -its mainly tested as a perfume, but its components are actually in like 50% of the products in the world!
You may want to see if she can be tested for that. As for only being on her arms-I have experienced thatmyself with other allergies/sensitivities and the doc says that sometimes thats the way it happens. Certain areas are more sensitized than others. Hope this helps.

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   Posted 2/19/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You for the information. This last year I have had a skin rash that my dermatologist has been treating. Earlier this week he did a small biopsy, stitched up the site and covered it with a bandaid. This is the first time that I have ever had a reaction to a bandage. I developed a red rash and blisters where the adhesive contacted my skin. The band-aid brand bandage that I used afterwards has not caused a reaction.

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   Posted 1/27/2011 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had lots of problems with band-aids.  The latex, as mentioned before, can be ugly.  The glue is often either soy or corn based.  I also have allergies to postage stamps (the self stick) because the adhesive is a soy based product.
 
My solution is similar to another one already posted - use gauze and then I use paper tape - as long as the adhesive doesn't touch my skin, I'm fine.
 
 
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   Posted 6/16/2011 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I have very sensitive skin but didn't start developing an allergy for band-aids until about 3 months ago. It usually takes about 2 days for the reaction to occur and what happens is I get a line of redness around the edges of where the band-aid was. After a few days it just looks like scratch. A couple of days ago I had a sore on my leg, and not thinking, I put a band-aid on top of it so I would remember not to shave there. Well, after a day or so the red line (and it's a bit bumpy) developed on the bottom edge of where the band-aid was. I immediately removed the band-aid after I discovered it. The next day another 2 sores appeared on my leg. Today they have grown to about 1 1/2" in diameter. They are about 2" from where the band-aid was on the top and the bottom. They are very sore and it actually hurts a little to walk. Is there something I could put on them, and do you think this was an allergic reaction to the band-aid? I read some of the other people's comments, and they mentioned blisters. These are not blisters, but more like sores. They sort of look like big bug bites.

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   Posted 6/16/2011 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
It might be the germ from the sore traveling? I'd see a doctor about possible staph or MSRA.
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   Posted 6/16/2011 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I am allergic to the adhesive too. It must be a new thing for me because I don't remember having a problem when I was younger. Either that or they changed the adhesive and now I am allergic. I had a cut on my back and I put an bandaid on it, it started itching, next thing you know the part where the bandaid touched was worse than the cut! I still have a scar in the shape of a bandaid on my back. Very upsetting.
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   Posted 7/4/2011 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I used the Flexible Fabric on a cut a few weeks ago. I used generic triple antibiotic ointment as well. I've used both of these things before, but this time I got an allergic reaction but the pattern made me think I'm allergic to the pad and not the adhesive. There was a squarish blotch of rash around the cut. Not a square outline where the band aid adhesive borders the pad, but a 'filled in' rash square. There were a few faint pink areas where the 'tabs' of the band aid were, but mostly the pad area reacted. Have they changed the sterile gauze they use?? Can you even be allergic to sterile gauze?? I work in the veterinary field and have never had any type of reaction to the gauze we use....

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   Posted 8/3/2011 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I'm new to this site and joined after reading this discussion. My daughter and I both have reactions to the adhesive portion of the band-aid only - really any brand. We call it a band-aid tattoo and it lasts anywhere from a few days to a week or two, depending on how long we wear the band-aid. The skin heals almost as if healing from a minor burn. We both have a sensitivity to propylene glycol and relatives of this chemical. It's found in so many products - food items, lotions, ointments, and shampoos. And it is a major ingredient in adhesives. Propylene glycol is used in products to keep things liquid, moist, sticky including anti-freeze. Many years of research, process of elimination, and trial and error have led me to learn of my sensitivity to this! There is even a support website for this allergy/sensitivity. Who knew? My health has turned around almost 100% since I've been reading ingredients in products and avoiding PG. Arthritis pain, itching, nausea - just lots of symptoms have gone away!

I'm not saying this is the total reason I'm sensitive to band-aid adhesives - there's really nowhere to find a complete list of ingredients in band-aids - but I just know I have a sensitivity to propylene glycol. Anyone else have a propylene glycol sensitivity who breaks out from band-aid adhesives?

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   Posted 8/8/2011 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if my daughter or I are allergic to the propylen glycol, but if that is what is in the adhesive, then I would have to say yes.
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