allergy to adehesive bandage

hi all

i am getting my pm tuesday and i am concerned about the bandage they use for the first few days as i am allergic to most of the glues- 

has anyone tried a hypoallergenic bandage and if so which one.

the dermatologist suggested paper tape and gauze.

thanks

laurie


7 Comments

Hi

by Lavender - 2022-10-13 19:55:03

So you're on track to get the pacemaker...I was thinking of you just the other day. I'm allergic to all adhesives, bandaids, even paper tape bugs me. The glue was itchy but the EP told me to put up with it for at least as long as I could. I made it through but they sent me home with a packet of adhesive remover in case I got too uncomfortable. 
 

When I get an IV, they use Coban to secure it-which doesn't bother me. It only sticks to itself. 
 

When I am hospitalized, I bring along my own hypoallergenic metal snap ekg electrodes. Have a small stash from when I wore a heart monitor. 

Allergy to tapes

by Rch - 2022-10-13 20:59:34

Hi, hospitals usually carry skin barrier pads that help to minimize allergic reaction to the bandages and tapes. You could try that. It might help!!  

Electrodes

by AgentX86 - 2022-10-13 22:44:44

Doctors have hyopallergenic electrodes, too.  Just make sure that you tell them what you're  allergic to (this goes for all allergies).  You won't be the only one they've ever seen with these allergies. 

My medical record has a (short) list of everything I'm allergic to. Every time I've been to the doctor, they check it.  They give me a list of my drugs to update but they always ask specifically (verbally) about allergies.  Some are serious stuff so they need to know.

allergic to glue etc.

by new to pace.... - 2022-10-14 05:50:48

I found out the hard way that i am allergic to the glue they used to close the wound after the pacmaker implant.  At my first check up mentioned the itch and raised bumps.  Was told they would go away. As soon as the glue fell off and do not pull it off.  That response i did not like. So i took my allergy pill until the glue fell off, of course did help it along.  I asked for the name of the glue.  Now carry that information with me.

When i knew i was getting ready to have my shoulder replaced.  I  had another blood test(ALCAT) to update what i was sensitive to.  Wrote all of that down.  Carry that information along with the food list.  The last time i had over 5 tags on my ankle.  Which the nurse was to busy to read. 

new to pace

Allergies

by Lavender - 2022-10-14 09:01:34

AgentX86-my hospital never has the hypoallergenic electrodes on hand.🙄 I was in the emergency room Oct 7 all day after a reaction to the latest Covid bivalent vaccine. (I have a history of functional dyspepsia and the vaccine reactivated that big time.)

The whole chaos in the ER along with short staff, no beds, was compounded by the lack of Coban to wrap my IV. They found a small piece of it and had to reuse the same piece when they removed the IV and had to put a cotton ball and compression on where they took it out. 😬
 

I did have a CAT Scan and bloodwork and all was negative for any problems there. Just have to eat bland small meals and take tums and gasX indefinitely until symptoms subside. 😵‍💫 My allergy list is extensive (like mom) and now no one feels comfortable prescribing anything.

Allergic to adhesive

by Selwyn - 2022-10-16 12:23:21

I have this problem.

I try to take my own tape in ( scanpor). Micropore is terrible!

Otherwise, it looks like I have been attacked by an octopus!  Short contact is OK.  Longer exposure is bad.

I use steroid cream to help settle the allergic reaction.

You can be skin tested by a dermatologist and they will make recommendations as to what to avoid.  The hospital should give you a wrist band if you are an inpatient to tell people to be aware of your probelm.

skin tested by a dermatologist

by Persephone - 2022-10-16 17:48:48

Yes, your dermatologist can become your fast friend. Once I got settled into the necessary topical treatments and had the derm's advice, they offered that they could refer the prescipts to my GP. This arrangement has worked for me as I have learned how to manage it all. Definitely a learning curve for any newcomers to the game, but I figure a main factor in my situation was a lifetime of exposure to some pretty harsh materials, so it's not surprising that I became sensitized. C'est la vie.

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