Bandaid allergic reactions

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Gma Anne
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   Posted 8/24/2014 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just discovered this site while looking for some solution to my long time reaction to band aids and paper tape. I see that it is not as uncommon as I thought it was. Some years ago I read an article that addressed this problem and it stated that the manufacturers had started using an adhesive that is made from a shrimp derivative. Since I have a shellfish allergy I believed the article to be true,however my practical problem still has not been solved. I have yet to find a brand of bandaid that doesn't leave me in worse shape than before I use it. Liquid bandaid works in some cases, but if there is any surgery involved that won't do the trick. Thanks to this site I now have some other brands to try......I hope I find something that work. Has anyone else heard of this shellfish/adhesive connection?

MommaRosie
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   Posted 1/12/2015 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I too am having problems with the adhesive on bandaids, medical tape, etc. Doesn't matter if it is cloth, paper, hypoallergenic, Steri-Strips, Op-site, Island dressings, DuoDerm/Comfeel, or latex free bandaids. They all give me blisters. It started when I had surgery to remove my gallbladder, and I ended up with a long incision. When the staples came out, they put on Steri-Strips (butterfly bandages). Within 2 hrs I had huge blisters under each one. Since then, it doesn't matter what kind of adhesive dressing I have, if it's on for more then a couple of hours, I run the risk of blisters. It is also not limited to bandages. I had to use a cardiac medication patch, and started to notice that I was having red areas on my chest from it that lasted at first for an hour, then by the time the medication was discontinued, they ould last 3 days. I have been tested for allergies 3x and don't have any traditional allergies.

Red_34
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   Posted 1/12/2015 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I'm actually surprised on how many people have issues with the adhesive! But here's an update since my original post. I am still allergic to adhesive but now it's worse. Before I had no issue with steri-strips but last year I had a biopsy taken and they used Steri-strips - within 12 hours it started getting super itchy and I endured the itch until they started to fall off. When they fell off I had 3 very red angry skin underneath. I also now have a reaction to plaster wraps. I got a stress fracture last year and they would wrap my foot in plaster wraps. After it dried it would start burning like crazy. I had to end up taking them off because I was in misery - I still had my walking boot tho.
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chenw
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   Posted 5/30/2015 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I used Johnson & Johnson BAND-AID 1-inch waterproof tape (197201, lot1284) to fix a First Aid Gauze Pad over a cut on my leg last week. The next thing I noticed was that the tape caused skin blisters over where it adhered. The skin blisters lasted for several days. This was a total surprise. I never had any allergic skin reaction to other taps before. I will never use this brand BAND-AID tape again.

Alcie
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   Posted 5/30/2015 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum.

If you want more responses, start your own thread - "Post New Topic." This one's old.

Have you tried J&J non-waterproof tape, i.e. paper tape? How about their various types of Band-Aids? I get reactions to the really cheap, extra sticky types of bandages.

There are all sorts of glues on tapes even within the same manufacturer. Maybe J&J would respond to a question about that particular tape and tell you which other tapes they make don't have that particular one. I've had good luck with inquiring about products from other companies.

MyBabyCakes
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   Posted 5/31/2015 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I have allergies, but the chemical I am allergic to, Ethylenediamine Dihydrochloride, I haven't so-far found listed as being part of any Band-Aid adhesive. In spite of that, I have suddenly become allergic to Curad latex-free band-aids, which I have used in the past without any allergic rash; it is not a new box, they came out of the 100 ct. box that is almost empty. I tried a home-made Band-Aid made with paper tape (3M brand), putting it in the opposite direction, and it has given me a rash as well. I am trying to keep Vasoline on a skin biopsy on my shoulder, and a frozen spot on my back under my bra, as per instructed by the dermatologist, ; there is no way to wrap locations like these. The biopsy came back negative, but it's a Lentigo sun spot that itched like crazy in the first place. Now it itches because it is healing, but the rash around it itches worse. I am using the cortisone gel that I use on my other Contact Dermatitis bumps, but it is not helping much. I read earlier today that a rash from band-aids can flare up again, if you get another one, even in another place. None of this sounds good; how do we contact the FDA? May not do any good anyway. Some TV stations will investigate things like this, and that might get attention brought to it on a larger scale!

Alcie
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   Posted 5/31/2015 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi BabyCakes.

I sure hope you aren't becoming allergic to latex. Have you seen an allergist? He can do some testing.

Allergies can come and go. I'm no longer allergic to cats, but started reacting to grass pollen a couple of years ago.

There is a way to report reactions to FDA, but I don't have time to search for it right now. You should be able to google it.

You can try some other brands, but also try looking up the brands you react to and see if they list ingredients. If they don't, contact them and ask. You really need to find what the allergy is so you can keep something else on hand.

Does taking an antihistamine help?

Tom198
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   Posted 3/2/2016 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I get little red bumps under the adhesive part of certain brand of band aids. The bumps form a pattern roughly equal to the breathing holes in the bandaid, or the non-holes, not sure which, but it is a pattern. The bumps appear usually after about 1 day, and if I don't remove the bandage soon the bumps start to puss up and merge. Some itching. The reaction goes away and gradually heals as soon as the adhesive bandaid is removed.

I don't recall the brand, but it was not Band Aids by Johnson and Johnson. It seems that only the waterproof bandages give this reaction. Also, never had a problem until about 10 years ago, and now I avoid waterproof adhesive strips, and seem to have no problems with J&J or Rite Aid brands. Never did figure out what the cause is, latex or adhesive. Most products don't list the ingredients of the adhesive.

I read an interesting WebMed post about an investigation that pointed to the adhesive containing Acrylates, causing similar reaction, but seemed to indicate that it was primarily a mechanical effect on the skin, rather than an allergic reaction, although some had a reaction that included allergic reaction plus the mechanical reaction. I didn't really understand what the mechanical reaction means, but it seemed to match my symptoms. The post also stated that the researcher was frustrated with not being able to obtain ingredients for various adhesive "band-aides".

Post Edited (Tom198) : 3/2/2016 6:03:40 PM (GMT-7)


Joan M
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   Posted 6/1/2016 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to be able to use band aids. Unfortunately I followed my doctor's advice and put it on every day. This was after a punch skin biospy. I also used triple antibiotic creme on the opening. That area where the creme was grew yellowish and the rest of it was very bright red. It is actually in the shape of a band aid, kinda strange.

I went to see this doctor because of skin allergies which occurred after I was given morphine after surgery. I told them three times I was allergic to drugs. I never had skin allergies until then.

Unfortunately the dermatological specialist doc forgot I am a very allergic person. So now I am using vaseline to try to calm the scar. Frankly I am horrified by the whole thing and it has been quite painful too.

Joan M
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   Posted 6/4/2016 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Wanted to say that it was never itchy. I did use the band aid for a long period of time but thought I was supposed to. Saw another doctor and she told me it was probably an allergic reaction. Then hauled myself over to the dermatologist and he said to stop using it. Every thing is so rush rush now and the thing is ugly but not infected ... nature will cure me and I am staying clear of that doctor who did not seem to remember I was allergic. His staff is very high and mighty and quite nasty ... BOY ... this has not been fun and since it is on the top of my foot ... it hurts when pressed against my shoes. UGH!!!

paul hutchins
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   Posted 12/9/2016 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a band aid break me out and itched for 40 days and 40 nights! I tried all kinds of stuff and still itched. Finally I got the bright idea of spraying it with Rite Aid foot care antifungal liquid spray. This is used for athlete's foot! It stopped itching immediately and dried up. I could hardly wear clothes as it was so aggravating!

Joan M
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   Posted 1/15/2017 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I am making my own band aids from now on. I bought some cotton stuff and paper tape to work with. I just don't want to go through that hell again.
The brilliant dermi never told me to buy no dye, no perfume washing machine liquid and dryer pads for eczema. Another allergic person told me what to do. THEY ARE VERY CASUAL about HEALTH CARE AROUND HERE. Extremely good at billing, though.
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