Where can I find truly hypoallergenic bandages?
July 28, 2014 12:13 PM Subscribe
Every adhesive bandage I've used in the last year has irritated my skin to some degree. What can I do?
posted by hollyholly to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
About a year ago, I fell while moving a piece of furniture and got a bad scrape that was big enough I used gauze and medical tape to cover it. The medical tape gave me horrible contact dermatitis; blistering, sloughing, the works. It took about two months to completely go away.
The allergist told me I didn't have a latex allergy and that I should try different hypoallergenic bandages and tapes until I found one that worked for me. I haven't been able to do that. No reaction has been that severe, but everything that has glue on it at all has caused some kind of reaction. The best I can get is about two days with no irritation (hydrocolloid bandages and some normal hypoallergenic bandaids), but that's not long enough to let many things heal.
I have very bad poison ivy reactions, but my skin isn't otherwise particularly sensitive. I have sometimes reacted to bandages in the past, but it seems to have gotten worse, whether the tape incident was some kind of catalyst or not. I saw the only allergist within an hour's drive, so a second opinion is possible but inconvenient.
What else can I try? If it turns out I can be touched by no adhesives, what can I use to bandage myself? What do I tell doctors if I need surgical dressings? Thanks!