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lynne1958
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   Posted 9/14/2011 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello.  I just found this site.  I too have SEVERE blistering, weeping reactions to bandage adhesives.  The ONLY bandage I can use is Walgreens Gentle Hypoallergenic bandage, but they discontinued them early this summer.  I called their consumer relations department to verify that they were discontinued but no reason give as to why.  I bought every box on the shelves at my local stores.  I wish bandage manufacturers would get the hint that there are people like us who need an alternative to the usual adhesives.  Very frustrating!
 
Several years ago, I had the skin patch testing to see what chemical I'm allergic to, but didn't react to anything in the test. 
The allergist said I could have more extensive testing for more chemicals, but it probably wouldn't be helpful if I found the culprit because I wouldn't know whether the culprit chemical was in the products I use.  I've also had severe reactions to a hospital ID band, nosepads on eyeglasses, and a certain brand of bra.  It's not a latex allergy, as I tested negative to latex and I can wear latex gloves with no problems.

heartfeltinAK
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   Posted 10/14/2011 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had Multiple Chemical Sensitivities for over 30 years of my life.......and for the most part have found ways to manage it.
I too was perplexed with a seemingly new reaction to band aid adhesives within the last year.
And pretty severe like others are reporting.......not just itchy and goes away but like a chemical burn where the adhesive seems to actually blister the skin.   It occurs in all areas of body, but worse in thin skin areas.
 
Not sure about propylene glycol and will look into it.
But I do know that my known triggers for me include nitrile plastic gloves (not latex!) and just about all the aldehyde and formic acid chemical derivitives.  Also FYI, I am now thinking that i am experiencing a mild form of reaction to paper and shipping tape adhesives that I didn't think was a reaction until putting 2 and 2 together..............after working with a lot of tape my fingers crack and sometimes my lips burn.  And here's the kicker.....that is also what I first noticed about my nitrile reaction until it got progressively worse.
 
I have not found a band aid I can tolerate, but notice a couple brands I have not tried in these postings and will see if I can maybe order some through the internet somehow.  The expensive ones I got at the health food store were the worst!
 
I do get mad that manufactureres don't post the basic chemical components of these sorts of products.
 
Good luck, everyone!

betts929
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   Posted 11/3/2011 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Heidi34 - I also googled band aid rash and came to this thread. I also have IBD and am currently on Remicade. I have always had random sensitivities to adhesives and band aids. Co-bands, water proof band aids, and prenatal monitor straps have caused ruckus on my skin also. I never looked much into it, just took it for what it is. I only use cloth bandages now.
I have discovered a heightened sensitivity since beginning my infusions. The tape placed at the iv site and the tape placed over the cotton later create a nasty blister, not to mention the removal hurts like a SOB. I'd prefer being stuck with another needle!

So maybe there is a connection with the beta blocker increasing our sensitivity? I would run it by my doc, but I'm 100% sure he will say it's just coincidence. I guess my new allergy to red dye #40 is coincidence also. Hmmm.

Is there an alternative tape that can be used at the iv site?

jenniesmom
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   Posted 11/11/2011 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
One week ago, I had knee surgery to repair tears in the miniscus. Not having bandaids wide enough to cover the surgery site securely, I used a surgical pad and secured it with waterproof tape. The areas where the tape was touching began burning and hurting about 20 minutes after applying it, so I gently pulled it off. Didn't matter how gentle I was - one area of skin blistered immediately and now hurts worse than my knee! No more waterproof tape! I'm applying Neosporin and a gauze pad to it, and now using a surgical pad for the knee wounds, wrapped with rolled gauze and "Hurt Free Wrap," that sticks to itself, not your skin.

I would recommend rolled gauze for any wound/surgical/test site, then the hurt-free wrap. The wrap also comes now in "latex free." I feel like a lumpy snowman, but it's so worth it not to have skin tears, burns, or blisters! I'm hoping the Neosporin and gauze pad start helping this blistered area to heal!

Melkbud
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   Posted 11/22/2011 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been allergic to fabric bandaids now for several years. I didn't know what it was at first. I had put on a bandaid and worn it for several days. When I was ready to take off the bandaid it took a little while for it to react, but within a day or two my skin was severly itchy. I was confused and then realized it was from the bandaid as I could see now where the cutoff was from where the bandaid had been. I avoid using them, but the other day I was wearing the plastic kind (latex free I think) and I thought it was long enough and took it off. The bleeding on my finger started again as soon as I ran it under water. So since I didn't want to walk around with kleenx around my finger I went to a customer service desk and all they had were the fabric kind. I decided to use it against my better judement. I only had it on for a few hours but it was long enough to get a horrible reaction. Now my finger is extremely blistered, and swollen. The rash has even moved around to the part where the adhesive wasn't. I've been using Benadryl ointment on it, but that doesn't seem to work, nor does Reactin or hydracortizone. Can anyone suggest something to put on it so that I stop scratching it?

Shar-bear
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   Posted 12/6/2011 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I found this site after having a severe reaction to band-aids. I went and had a lump removed from my back and had 4 stitches put in after. it was healing fine until about 2-3 days after when I developed very red, blisterin, oozing, rash in the shape of a rectangle (the shape of bandaid). It was itchy and I would scratch it and it would cut my skin. It was terrible! I did not realize this was from a band-aid so I went to the urgent care on a Saturday and they told me I had a staph infection! they put me on Keflex which did nothing. I went to the doctor today to get the stitches out and he said it was an allergic reaction to the band-aid. he put me on a Steroid, another very powerful antiobiotic (Bactrim), Zantac and Zyrtec. Not sure I need all these meds?? I started them today and will see how it works. I may stop them all and stay on the antiboitic so I do not develop any further infection.
I have NEVER had any kind of reaction before, which is strange. I see Betts929 above posted it may be a beta-blocker she is taking that is causing her sensitivity. That made me wonder too, as I was put on a beta blocker about 6 mos ago. I am still stunned and what a mess a band-aid has made on my back. It looks awful and very ugly! I have a Christmas party this coming weekend and I bought a v-back dress a month ago to wear! Why did this have to happen now????? FRUSTRATED!!!

Red_34
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   Posted 12/7/2011 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I still swear that they must've changed the formula for the adhesive on bandaids! It seems many of us are having reactions when we didn't have any previously.
SHERRY
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Diagnosed Left sided UC in '92 - meds: 6mp, Colazal, Remicade and Bentyl*Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines*, in '11 diagnosed with IBS, Diverticulosis, Fibromylagia..I also have Sacroiilitis, Scoliosis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry Eye and allergies controlled by Zyrtec and Singular

Jenn Jenn
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   Posted 5/19/2012 3:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I can completely relate!! I know what you mean by Bandaid tattoo..

The tape they use at the doctors leaves a red shape of wherever they put it on me. Like it burned it.

When I used to use bandaids (today I use only liquid "bandaids"), whatever I put it on.. left the bandaid outline in red and blisters and took longer to heal than whatever I was originally covering with a bandaid. Logic told me to stop using bandaids when I just increased my healing time with a whole new problem.

Its a weird allergy to me.

drb1966
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   Posted 6/22/2012 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
My adult daughter experienced this out of the clear blue with bandaids. I since have replaced every bandaid with latex free. While working in food service, she realized the same reactions / rashes with the gloves and had to buy her own latex free gloves. Two months ago she called me after breaking out in hives from blowing up balloons. She didnt even think of the connection.

Oddly, one of her friends had warned her about using condoms. Evidently her friend is allergic to latex and discovered the hard way that the prevention of latex allergic reactions needs to be considered in birth control choices also.

I have also been told that there is a link in latex allergies and bananas, kiwi, melons and strawberries. And that this is a cumulative reaction. At this point, with the few exposures my daughter has had, the cumulative reaction seems to be correct.

mysharona
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   Posted 8/13/2012 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
God bless everyone in this thread for sharing your experience. I have just had a crying fit, a grown woman who is in my mid-forties. For over a week, I have been getting oozing welts and applying band aids to contain the bleeding. I have to work so what else could I do? I am afraid the blood would come through the gauze.

It all started out like this...I got a weird boil thing on my stomach (it happens). I secretly covered it up and kept waiting for it to heal. When it need to be covered due to opening up, I used a band aid. I got 2 welts right away, one on either side. So I covered them up with band aids. If I had known what was going on, I would have just winged it with gauze once the bleeding went down. but I kept going with band aids. I tried smaller ones and bigger ones. More and more welts. Some are skin shaped and raised, like a hive. I sometimes get watery under the ends of the bandaid..then a pink wound, like a crescent. It does not matter how slowly I pull the bandaid off. It just does this on it's own. So now I have a fairly large area of this mess. I came home from work and just fell apart. I felt like it was my fault for not knowing what was going on and it fricking hurts and itches and burns. I use neosporin which burns but then makes it feel better. My square area of welts now is oozing on to my pajama bottoms but that okay, I can sleep like that, it is contained from the sheets.

I just wrote my boss an e-mail saying I had a bad allergic reaction without going into too much detail since i am not sure I will be in tomorrow. I am just going to see my doctor tomorrow and get it looked at, in case I need antibiotics or something.

It is very comforting to read what this is. I am pretty certain I am allergic to band aids on my stomach. Oddly, I can use them on my arms and legs. But the baby skin on my stomach area just makes welts.

I always have had skin issues (my skin breaks out on my inner thighs when I get waxed and freaks out the lady at the salon...but it goes away in 2 days and doesn't bleed). So I think it may be genetic. But then I am on 2 high blood pressure medications and I just wonder if those have anything to do with it also.

Thanks again for sharing everyone!

babynurse77
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   Posted 8/26/2012 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I am allergic to bandaids only on my chest.  I try different types of tapes and react to them all. Since it is my chest I can't use anything to wrap it.

SarahTea
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   Posted 9/21/2012 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I had to add my story as well. I have chronic pain and am generally sensitive to many things in life, so I feel like I'm the canary in the mine shaft so to speak. (I was very resilient and healthy as a child, and did not have ongoing pain and such until high school, ten years ago).

A couple of years ago I also started reacting to bandaids. I definitely think something was changed in the formula around that time.

It started with just getting pink dots on my skin along the edges of the adhesive part. I noticed them when I pulled the bandaid off, but they didn't hurt and quickly went away, so I didn't worry about it. Later, the dots grew into a solid line with a dotted edge pointing in towards the center of the bandaid adhesive. It began to itch and be painful, but itch more than anything else. Eventually I got pink spots everywhere the adhesive had been. about a year ago, it began scabbing over, as the first post described.

For me it does not usually bleed. But it hurts and itches, and after a couple of days it scabs over. I have scars from bandaids that last much longer than the scabs from the original wound; and the strange thing is that it never even bled at the scar spot. This happens on some parts of my body, but not others, some parts of my back but not others, some parts of my arms, but not others. I don't know yet if there are only a couple of specific spots that always are sensitive -- but it seems to me that it moves around. If I bleed ongoing or need to get some medicine to stay on for a while so it can soak in, I often wear a bandaid for a couple of hours and then take it off. I did this twice with my elbow this week, and had no reaction.

When I have had a recent reaction, I skip the bandaid and wrap the wound in paper towels. Gauze would probably also work. By checking on the bandaid a little while after it is applied, I can moniter whether or not it is reacting this time. My body is too sensitive to too many things (and not enough of them are discovered yet), so I can't just perfectly avoid the offending things every time.

One thing I did notice though: My reaction to bandaids first began with some "No Latex" bandaids my husband got from a promotional at work. They were some kind of otherwise un-labeled generic. At first only latex free bandaids were an issue, but now it seems to be all kinds of bandaids, just not all of the time. But, as I said, I have had painful itching and burning and scabs and scars... so I definitely think something new (and bad for us on here) is being used in the adhesive world.

One last thing: I called one of the major bandaid companies after the scab scar thing happened. I forget which one it was, but I talked to their customer service, who did not know what kind of adhesive is used. So they agreed to email me the MDS sheet within a couple of hours, and we got off the phone. The conclusion? The MDS sheet says a bandaid is made of "adhesive". Something like "adhesive tape and gauze material". ... so no help there. Best of luck to you all!

By the way, on a slightly different topic: This website seems to be another gathering place for those who, like me, are often not believed by doctors because we get the rare side effects of things. (I have pictures of bandaid scars to prove I am not making it up, but I just keep collecting psych referals). If you feel that way too, I have found a helpful site at "askapatient.com". It allows people like us to list the side effects they get from specific medicines... the resulting lists often put the most focus on the rarest symptoms so they sound like Chicken Little ("The sky is falling") to the average user; but they are a lifesaver for me, predicting how I will most likely react to a medicine in advance (or often in hindsight, since I stubbornly try not to read in advance to keep myself from creating a fake response unintentionally, and I still get the same rare side effects as others). Sorry for rambling on. It's 3am, and I may or may not ever return to this site; but I wanted to share all of that in hopes that it will help others too.

tawasbay
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   Posted 9/27/2012 1:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, it looks like I have this band-aid allergy too.  I used a band-aid about a week ago, for a cut on my finger. Now.....I'm a grandma and have never had any allergies. I also have a box of old...REAL old, band-aids.  Maybe 5-10 years old.   I poured a little peroxide over the cut  like I usually do, then covered it with the band-aid.  It kept hurting, so I kept the band-aid on.   
 Then when I did take the band-aid off, it still hurt.  First it was all white and creases were imbedded in my finger.  Then it turned red and blistery. And yes, you can see the out line of the band-aid or the gauze pad on it.  I'm going to go check that out. But either way, I don't know why this happened because I've used the same ones before, and they definately aren't a new formula.  I take no meds, so it's a mystery to me.  I first wrapped the cut in paper toweling. Guess I should have just kept it that way. 

tawasbay
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   Posted 9/27/2012 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Oops, I forgot to add that I'm putting Vit E on my finger now and it seems to be healing.

Medically Challenged
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   Posted 10/14/2012 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have allergies to ALL adhesives. I recently had two growths removed, one from my face and one from my shin. The doctor put gauze on one and a bandaid on the other. I was told not to remove them until the next day. I was sent home with instructions to change and clean them twice a day and use Bacitracin or Polysporin. I stopped on the way home and bought the Bacitracin. I did what I was told and when I remove the round bandaid from my cheek, I had taken some skin with it and had a perfectly round, bright red splotch on my cheek that size of the bandaid. It was blistered and eventually bled. The one on my leg had the same only it was in the shape of the tape used. This went on for a few days and I went back to the doctor and she said that I had a contact allergy to the Bacitracin (I had the same with the Neosporin on previous occasions) and that I could not used them or the Polysporin. She said that I have an allergy to the the adhesives and that I could only use "non-contact" adhesive. You can get this in any pharmacy store. It comes in a box and is a round roll. It has paper on the back with markings to guide you with cutting. Use a 2x2 or a 4x4 depending on the size of the wound and use this "tape". She also gave me a prescription for Mupirocyn ointment. When I used this non-contact tape with the 2x2, I had no markings from it and it did not take a layer of skin with it. The ointment has cleared most of the marks off my leg and face. Try this and see if it doesn't help you. Good luck!

Red_34
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   Posted 10/15/2012 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
That is good to know that we have alternatives out there - thanks for sharing! :)
SHERRY
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Mike1951
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   Posted 11/10/2012 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Like most, I came here after searching bandaid allergies. I had been treating with the triple antibiotic ointment or 2% iodine. Like an earlier poster, the bandage caused one sore to become three and then one large sore.
 
Let me state up front that I don't have definitive results yet. First, I am experimenting with 3M Nexcare bandages that I bought at Walgreens. The product info online was too sketchy.
 
Cat# H3584 Absolute Waterproof 2 3/8"x4"
The packaging states hypoallergenic, up to 4 day wear, latex free materials. The pad is a small 1"x2 3/8" Tegaderm+. (I have not used yet.)
 
Cat# SFP34 Soft Fabric Adhesive Pad 3"x4"
This is actually the one sold for knees and elbows. "For moving and bending body parts" I bought because of the size. The packaging again states, hypoallergenic, can be worn for up to 4 days, and latex free materials. The pad was a useful (for me) 1 9/16"x2 5/8".
 
Cat# 571-08 soft'n flex natural feel bandages Knee & Elbow 2"x4"
Best I can measure the pad is 1 1/4"x2".
Latex free materials. NO mention of being hypoallergenic.
 
I'm wearing three of the SPF34 and one of the 571-08.
 
I plan on contacting 3M to see if there is a complete list or catalog of their Nexcare bandages showing which are hypoallergenic. The websites have been little use.
 
Next, I've stopped trying to treat with the triple antibiotic ointment. I ordered a small container of a homeopathic healing salve. It is also a drawing salve. One of the product reviews mentioned diabetic sores. I won't identify it just yet until I'm a little further along, but it looks promising. Before I got the bandages, three light uncovered applications had the sores looking better than they have for months. Under the bandages, I laid it on pretty thick.
 
I've only had the bandages on for one day. No irritation yet.
 
Mike

Paintergirl
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   Posted 11/11/2012 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Red,

I think you are onto something here. I don't remember ever reacting to Band-Aids like that. Something is different in the chemistry.

Mike1951
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   Posted 11/12/2012 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I wore the 3M Nexcare bandages above for more than 48 hours with no reaction.
 
Reapplied second batch.
 
I requested a Nexcare catalog. I hope it's more informative than the phone rep.
 
Mike

Paul1953
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   Posted 7/28/2013 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had a mole remove from my back.  Just as the other posters on this blog stated, my incision is healing fine, my skin around the incision is blistered and red.  This is new, as I have never, had such a reaction before, although it has been years since I have used a newer adhesive bandage (my stock in the house is pre 2006) from out side of my home.  I am also allergic to Neosporin.  I bet what has happened is that some manufacturers (or all) have put Neosporin or a derivative in the adhesive. That way the whole bandage is antibacterial, not just the pad.  I'm sure they have put an antibacterial in the pads for years. Since the adhesive has a tighter contact with the skin then the adhesive causes much more reaction than the pad.  The adhesive also stays on the skin for some time. I also notice that I had trouble getting the remaining adhesive rubbed away from the skin.  So it stays longer than the adhesive I remember from years ago.
 
All of this is likely coming from our litigious society.  Manufactures are making sure that no infections come from their products.  Unfortunately, the products end up being degraded.  That's why no one from J&J or other companies will respond or change the products.  For me, I will use gauze in the future, or just skip the bandage al together.

Coppergirl
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   Posted 12/28/2013 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have an allergy to adhesives and latex. I had a small spot on my chest that was an apparent skin cancer so I applied black salve (compound X/Balm of Gilead) to the spot. To protect the spot while the black salve was working, I applied a latex bandage. When I removed the bandage, there was a nice bubbled/blistered outline where the bandage had been. The black salve scar is disappearing but the bandage scar (over a year old) is still reddish and itchy. I had a tissue tag in my rib area that I used "Tag-Away" on (works well), but my bra was rubbing it raw so I put on a latex-free bandage and when I removed the bandage a few days later, the skin was very irritated only in the adhesive area. I will try the fabric bandages in the more sensitive areas. I've used them on my fingers with no reaction. As for my allergy to latex (I'm in the medical field), I have to use nitrile gloves. Now I'm allergic to the nitrile gloves I was using so I've had to find a different kind of nitrile glove - so far it's working.

Post Edited (Coppergirl) : 12/28/2013 9:15:24 PM (GMT-7)


ArasoTesana
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   Posted 4/13/2014 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never wanted to sign into one of these sites but I also have this allergy and I don't know what to do.
I first found out back in like 2008 or 2009, I had scratched my underarm while working. it wasn't too bad and my manager wasn't in that day so I told a coworker but decided not to report it. I put some bandages on and in only a couple of days I noticed these blisters lining where the bandage was. thinking I just somehow got water under my bandage, I, stupidly, but bandages over the blisters. of coarse they did it too. concerned I mentioned this to my manager. he said I should have told him sooner but that he was glad that I did regardless. he also had this problem, finding out after he had had some surgery done. in discovering this he also found out that many bandage companies changed their adhesive recipe and that there was a sudden increase in people who were allergic to it. why things were never done about it boggles my mind and really upsets me.
a bigger problem for me is that I am diabetic, small cuts can become a serious issue if not taken care of, uncovered cuts take significantly longer to heal then one that is protected.
until just recently I only had a reaction on more sensitive areas of skin like my underarms, thighs, belly and such, but my hands and fingers were ok. I could also use the adhesive tape you would use with gauze. however earlier this week I cut my finger by accident with a fishing knife and I was shocked to get a small blister on my finger. and just tonight after using the gauze approach on another sore elsewhere, I had the same thing happen.
its getting worse, and I had hoped to find something online, I'm infuriated to read that companies have pulled their hypoallergenic bandages for no apparent reason, and it seems that there's little or no choice.
I know it's not latex either, I've used latex before with no issue.
if anyone finds a solution I'd love to hear it. I'm going to keep doing research and try to find something too.

Alcie
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   Posted 4/15/2014 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I am allergic to the cheap bandaids used in hospitals and testing labs. I keep bandaids that I tolerate and self-sticking stretchy tape with me all the time.

Since I can bleed for 4 hours after a blood draw I always ask for a couple of extra gauze pads for pressure too.

Sandy Gravel
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   Posted 5/5/2014 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to everyone who's shared their story. It's good to know I'm not alone in my misery. ;)

I found this forum while also doing a search on "band-aid allergy" to get to the bottom of my allergic reactions. After finally getting tested, I discovered some answers to why I have bad reactions to certain bandages and not others. I hope what I share will be helpful to those reading this as well. Here's my story:

about 12 years ago, when I was 21, I fell off a scooter and scraped up my elbow and knees. I put Band-aid brand bandages on them (which I had always used before without problems), but days later, started getting a rash of hundreds of tiny blisters wherever the adhesive had touched! The blisters were so itchy, I involuntarily scratched them at night during my sleep, thereby popping them, which seemed to make the rash spread even more!

I tried putting Neosporin and hydrocortisone on the blisters/rash, but they did nothing to alleviate the itch or the rash! After 2 weeks without improvement, I finally went to a dermatologist who told me I probably had developed a contact allergy to latex. He prescribed "clobetasol propionate 0.05% ointment" for me, a stronger steroid than hydrocortisone, which immediately made things better! As soon as I put it on, the itch stopped, and within a couple days, the blisters were gone and my rash was finally starting to heal.

What boggled me years later was that I realized I wasn't allergic to latex. I could used latex gloves and latex condoms just fine. But I found that as long as I used "latex-free" bandages, I wouldn't get any bad reactions. ... until recently that is.

So, to solve the mystery, I finally went to get some extensive patch testing done with an allergist. What I discovered is that I am allergic to COLOPHONY (also known as ABIETIC ACID, or ROSIN), which is used in a lot of different adhesives and glues -- including some bandages, shoes, clothing, etc.

It was such an AHA! moment for me, solving so many mysteries I had in the past, like why I had an allergic reaction to a new bra (which upon inspection, had been assembled with adhesive on the front and sides), or to a left sandal and not the right ( to which there was some visible adhesive residue left over from manufacturing, and after removed with "Goo-gone", was no longer a problem). :)

The problem is, however, that even after knowing what my allergy is, it doesn't mean I will know which adhesives to avoid and which ones are safe for me, because companies don't list the ingredients in their adhesives!

But this is what I do know: I have no issues with 3M adhesives. 3M scotch tape, masking tape, blue tape, green tape, Micropore surgical paper tape, Nexcare, post-its, you name it -- they work great for me. Most latex-free bandages are good, but not all, so when in doubt, I just use some gauze (or tissue) and 3M tape to cover any wounds as needed. Also, if I start to see or sense a rash coming on, or catch it early (before any blisters develop), I use soap and alcohol wipes (or goo-gone) to remove the adhesive immediately off my skin. Then, a simple over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream is usually enough to prevent the rash from developing or make it go away without me having to pull out the stronger stuff (Clobetasol).

But, what works for me may not work for everyone else because we may have different allergies to the numerous ingredients that go into adhesives. The best advice is to stick to the brands that are tried and true for YOU. It's a TRIAL AND ERROR process, but be vigilant. (For me, I check every bra I buy to avoid any that are assembled with adhesives -- which is a new trend apparently!)

And if you do by chance read my story, and discover for yourself the same patterns of allergic reactions as I had, then maybe you have a colophony allergy, too, in which case, I hope my post here helped.

Because knowing is half the battle! (G.I. JOE!!!) haha.

Good Luck Everyone, and get tested if you can! :)

Post Edited (Sandy Gravel) : 5/5/2014 7:59:58 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 5/17/2014 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
We found out my little one was allergic to bandaids at his 2 month shots! His leg totally swelled up and was red around the area where the bandaid adhesive was. mad I asked my mommy blog about this, and found this amazing natural liquid bandage, KeriCure. Its a spray on and doesn't have any harsh chemicals like the other ones do, so I tried it at our 4 month shots and it totally worked! No reaction at all, and it actually stopped the little bit of bleeding from the shot right away. Highly recommend their products for anyone with bandaid allergies (or anyone at all really! I love it for myself too!) www.kericure.com idea
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