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couchtater
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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I've becomed allergic to bandaids.
I put a bandaid in a sore and I started itching. I took the bandaid off after a day. Here it is four days later and I can see the area the bandaid was is still red and itchy. I have a bandaid shaped rash on the area.

Whenever the nurse puts tape on me to cover an needle hole I get a raised red rash when I take it off. It takes hours for it to go away. smhair

Joy

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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I get a rash when I get bandaids too. When I have bloodwork done I always either ask for paper tape or I just hold the gauze until I stop bleeding. Paper tape doesn't bother my skin near as much as other tapes.
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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
You guys are too cute! : ) (Allergic to bandaids..)

It's latex your allergic to.. you need to buy latex free bandaids.. and avoid latex items in the future, and you need to let medical staffing know your allergic to latex, so they will use latex free items when dealing with you and your skin.. gloves, ect.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
It isn't necessarily latex. I worked in a hospital and never had problems with latex items..our turniquets among other things were latex. It's the adhesive that bothers my skin. Paper tape has far less adhesive than other tapes.
Becky

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   Posted 1/7/2010 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I react to bandaids too, but as Becky said, it's the adhesive that causes the reaction.
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   Posted 1/7/2010 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a post about this on here too. I believe they must've changed a formulation on the adhesives because I used to never ever had issues with bandaids and neither did my daughter. Now all of sudden, both her and I (she is more severe) will get broken skin under where the adhesive was. I sometimes get blisters.

For some it is NOT a latex allergy but indeed the adhesive. I have no issue with latex nor my daughter.
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   Posted 1/7/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
My rash is always where the ahesive touched me, not where the gauze touched.
I guess I'll have to talk to the doctor next time they put one on me.

Joy

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   Posted 1/8/2010 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy,
Next time refuse the bandaid. Whether it's the latex or the adhesive that is your right as a patient.

My daughter is allergic to latex and has to have the air bag in all vehicles turned off when she rides. If she gets in a wreck at 5 mph the stupid powder around the latex in the airbag will kill her when it inflates in the car. Talk about putting time bombs in vehicles... (sigh!)
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lovebug1
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   Posted 1/8/2010 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I've never heard if the airbag thing. Thanks for the tip..

Regardless if it is the adhesive or latex - you should find out if it is the latex - as a latex allergy can put you in a VERY serious situation, as any allergy can.

couchtater
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   Posted 1/8/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I researched the allergy and found out I could even have a food reaction because some food have something similar to latex in it.
According to the website I'm having what's called a minor reaction.

Joy

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   Posted 1/8/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Some adhesives are derived from corn, fish, or other food substances. If you react to adhesives, you may actually be reacting to the food derivative. A food allergy test may or may not reveal the source.
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couchtater
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   Posted 1/8/2010 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
It was one of those cloth bandaid. It warned on the box about latex allergy.

Joy

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   Posted 1/8/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Please do have your medical records flagged for a latex allergy, also. Some medical areas are riddled with latex products, but they should have alternates available to use with you. Latex allergies get progressively worse as you're exposed more and more, and can become really dangerous. Like, anaphylaxis dangerous.

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   Posted 1/8/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
My hubby had surgery on Monday, went to take the bandage off Wednesday and skin came off with bandage, surgery site looks great but everywhere else is weepy and blistered like hives. Dr. says its an allergy, scratch blisters and put neosporin on them. The only thing is it is spreading out. He has been on Benedryl for 24 hours, still there and spreading. IS this allergy or should we go somewhere else for Dx? -miichub

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   Posted 1/8/2010 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
miichub - I would tend to think if something is spreading out, could be infection. I only tend to think that because of his recent surgery. But I would think a surgeon would know what he is talking about. Did he look at the site after the bandage came off?? Maybe it needs to be looked at again.

The latex allergy can create welts, or hive looking bumps, intense itching, ect. The welts can "pass" where a bandage was, but anything past maybe 1/4-1/2 inch, would probably not be normal.

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   Posted 1/12/2010 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
The poor guy is still itching. He went to the surgeon last week and the surgeon wasn't that concerned. He went again yesterday and the surgeon was surprised by the spread (even though it was like this last Thursday) but only offered liquid Benedryl which is what I've been giving him. The topical spray only helps temporarily, the redness is not as intense but the rash has not even started to disappear. The incision site still looks good though. The information I found says it could be 2-3 weeks before it disappears. I didn't know hives lasted this long.

couchtater
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   Posted 1/12/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I had them for a month.

Joy

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   Posted 1/18/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I was googling this due to a really bad reaction I just had to a bandaid. It was latex-free, but I still have a bandaid shaped rash around the wound. I suppose it must be the adhesive, even though I have never a reaction to a bandaid before this incident.

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   Posted 1/19/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
This seems to be happening more and more I'm learning. I went to the doc last week and had a shot in my shoulder, she put a bandaid on it and I let her. I wanted to see what would happen because I haven't had bandaids since my last incidence. This was a latex free bandaid btw and sure enough, it started leaving a rash. I truly believe that they changed something in the adhesive because I used to never have issues with bandaids until the last year or so.
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   Posted 1/19/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy, I have the same issue as you. I have sensitive skin and whenever I use a regular bandaid I get a bandaid shaped rash on my skin. It is not a latex allergy because I have used to cloth latex-free bandages and they do the same thing. The only time I do not seem to get a rash is when I use paper tape. Interestingly, my 5-year-old daughter has sensitive skin too and it turns out she gets the same rash I do if a bandaid is kept on for too long!

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   Posted 5/5/2014 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted a more descriptive explanation in another thread, but thought I'd add to this one, too, in case it'll help anyone.

12 years ago, after applying Band-aid brand bandages to some large knee and elbow scrapes I incurred after falling off a scooter, I started to have bad reactions for the first time. Wherever the adhesive touched, a rash developed, covered in thousands of tiny fluid-filled blisters that were ridiculously itchy. I couldn't help scratching them in my sleep at night, which inadvertently popped the blisters and made the rash spread! Neosporin, hydrocortisone, triple antibiotic cream --- nothing worked!

After 2 weeks with no improvement, I finally went to a dermatologist who prescribed "clobetasol propionate 0.05% ointment", a stronger steroid than hydrocortisone, which immediately made things better for me! 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. I was left with some large dark scars that took forever to go away, but eventually they did.

My dermatologist explained that I might have developed a contact allergy or sensitivity to latex, which can happen over time and repeated exposure, so it might not be that Band-aid changed their adhesive formulation as some may think.

However, with some trial and error, I found that I wasn't allergic to latex, because I could use latex gloves, rubberbands, and other latex products just fine. But most latex-free bandages didn't give me reactions either.

So I finally went to the allergist for some patch testing, and discovered that I have an allergy to cobalt (not relevant here) and to COLOPHONY (also known as ABIETIC ACID, or ROSIN), which is used in a lot of adhesives and glues.

But there are so many ingredients that go into adhesives, which manufacturers never list, so it's hard to know which adhesives are safe for you or me without simple trial and error.

If you have bad skin reactions to adhesives, you could be allergic to latex, colophony, formaldehyde, or even certain food derivatives (as someone else mentioned here), so you won't know until you get tested. And it's good to have medication on hand, like hydrocortisone (or for me, clobetasol), for those times you do suffer another allergic skin reaction (also known as "contact dermatitis"). And it's always a good idea to have Goo-gone on hand, any time you need to remove adhesive residue from your skin, or shoes, clothing, etc. (left over from the manufacturing process).

If you do find that you indeed have a colophony allergy like me, then my advice is to stick to 3M adhesives, because I don't think they use it in their formulations. 3M scotch tape, masking tape, blue tape, green tape, Micropore surgical paper tape, Nexcare bandages, post-its, you name it -- they've all worked great for me. Most latex-free bandages are good, but not all, so when in doubt, just use some gauze (or tissue) and 3M tape to cover any wounds as needed.

Good luck everyone! Hope this helped!

Post Edited (Sandy Gravel) : 5/5/2014 8:29:21 PM (GMT-6)

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