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Old 07-17-2012, 03:20 AM   #1
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Question Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

Just wondering if anyone else has had this? I had a one level C5/6 ACDF on 7-11-12. I do have alot of allergies but this is new!
Mastisol is the adhesive they use over the incision to help the steri-strips stick. I noticed an irritation 1day post op but thought it was just due to the surgery itself. I ended up in the ER over the weekend and then sent to the surgeon immediately on Monday. The incision area is bright red, very swollen, blistering and extremely itchy. The surgeon said he has never had a patient react like this! (the very first time i met my NS i did tell him i was one of those patients that always fell into the 1% category. Expect the unexpected!) so far it has held true
I tried to upload a picture but was unable to. just wondering if anyone has experienced this and how long it lasted and how was it treated.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:55 PM   #2
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

Hello,
Looks like we had surgery the same day! I too started to react to the adhesive. First it was from the tegaderm then from the steri strips/mastasol. I removed them because I know all too well what can happen. I didn't let it go too long when I started itching. I knew what was happening. My incision was not draining and looked good so I removed them and now have nothing covering it. I work for the surgeon who did my surgery so I just let them know what was going on. He said I did exactly the right thing. You are not alone.

 
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:12 AM   #3
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

Thanks so much for responding! I wish I had said something earlier to the Dr. by the time the NS took off.the steri-strips it had been 6 days! The itching is finally better and the swelling goes down each day.
How are you feeling? I hope your recovery is going well. I had no idea what to expect as far as recovery. My surgery was done on an emergency basis so I did not have a lot of time to prepare and do research.
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

Thanks so much for responding! I wish I had said something earlier to the Dr. by the time the NS took off.the steri-strips it had been 6 days! The itching is finally better and the swelling goes down each day.
How are you feeling? I hope your recovery is going well. I had no idea what to expect as far as recovery. My surgery was done on an emergency basis so I did not have a lot of time to prepare and do research.
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

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Just wondering if anyone else has had this? I had a one level C5/6 ACDF on 7-11-12. I do have alot of allergies but this is new!
Mastisol is the adhesive they use over the incision to help the steri-strips stick. I noticed an irritation 1day post op but thought it was just due to the surgery itself. I ended up in the ER over the weekend and then sent to the surgeon immediately on Monday. The incision area is bright red, very swollen, blistering and extremely itchy. The surgeon said he has never had a patient react like this! (the very first time i met my NS i did tell him i was one of those patients that always fell into the 1% category. Expect the unexpected!) so far it has held true
I tried to upload a picture but was unable to. just wondering if anyone has experienced this and how long it lasted and how was it treated.
Thanks!

 
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:38 PM   #6
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

Oh yes. I first had a severe reaction after a foot surgery. I had a cast on my foot and felt it getting hot and itchy. After about 3 days I went back to doctor, and they took off my cast. I was horrified to see my foot. It felt like it was on fire, blistered, swollen and scaly. I was also told no one had ever had such a severe reaction. Since then I have found, I am allergic to all medical glues and tapes. A few years later I needed to have neck surgery. I told all the doctors and nurses. He didn't use mastisol, but another type of adhesive that was supposed to be hyper allergenic. Not so much. Within hours of surgery I started to get itchy. I remove the dressing on my neck and could see the edges already getting red and blistering. I washed around the incision carefully and took a couple of Benadryl. The next day I went for my check up. When he removed my new clean dressing I was still blistering and getting redder and swollen. He removed the rest of the steri- tapes. He couldn't believe it was so bad. I was given a prescription for steroids but my neck swelled up over the next 2 days so bad that it looked like I had 2 big rolls under my chin. I couldn't wear my neck brace at all. It took a good week to get better and longer for the scars to go away.

I've learned to stay away from all glues and tapes, even bandages irritate my skin. This is also something that has developed in the last few years. Now when I need to have surgery I take a large piece of masking tape, and write on it, NO MASTISOL ,ADHESIVES OR GLUES. I then tape it to my gown.
I feel for you. It is the worst thing I ever seen.
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

I am amazed at how many sites I've found with respect to allergic reaction to Mastisol where the physicians using the product say they haven't encountered such reactions before or believe the reactions are rare. I had the same severe reaction in 2009 as described by others in this thread when Mastisol was used to make the steri-strips adhere longer after total knee replacement surgery. I had the severe welts, numerous tiny blisters, erythema, horrendous itching, and a red rash over my legs and torso. My orthopedic surgeon said more and more of his patients were having allergic reactions to the Mastisol, and he decided after my severe reaction that he would no longer use it in his practice. My sister had the same extreme reaction 8 or 9 years ago after it was used on her torso (unfortunately, front and back) during reconstructive breast surgery following a mastectomy for breast cancer. In both our cases, when we attempted to contact our doctors' offices to report the reaction, our concerns were downplayed and they thought we were overreacting. However, both physicians were shocked when we returned for follow-up and saw just how severe the reactions truly were. My sister's surgeon said she should have gone to the ER; it was that bad. So, I certainly hope more physicians will take notice and avoid any such adhesive products at least for patients who say they are allergic to adhesive bandages/adhesives.

 
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #8
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

Hi. I had ACDF done on 12/13/12. I too had swelling and redness right after the surgery. I came home Friday and was feeling lots of pain, obviously, but something felt wrong on my neck at the site of the incision. By Monday my neck was very swollen at the site and started oozing. I was in the ER that night. My neurosurgeon came in to the hospital at midnight to find my neck breaking out in blisters around the incision. He said that i had a surface infection on the skin. He also said that I was either having an allergic reaction to the chemicals used to clean my skin or from the biologic glue that was used to keep my incision closed. He had to peel the glue off my neck that night with scissors and tweezers. It was so painful! Once it was off, I immediately felt relief. I was put on an antibiotic to stop the infection from getting worse. It healed with a week or two.

 
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

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Just wondering if anyone else has had this? I had a one level C5/6 ACDF on 7-11-12. I do have alot of allergies but this is new!
Mastisol is the adhesive they use over the incision to help the steri-strips stick. I noticed an irritation 1day post op but thought it was just due to the surgery itself. I ended up in the ER over the weekend and then sent to the surgeon immediately on Monday. The incision area is bright red, very swollen, blistering and extremely itchy. The surgeon said he has never had a patient react like this! (the very first time i met my NS i did tell him i was one of those patients that always fell into the 1% category. Expect the unexpected!) so far it has held true
I tried to upload a picture but was unable to. just wondering if anyone has experienced this and how long it lasted and how was it treated.
Thanks!
I had the same reaction to the liquid adhesive. I had two surgeries only 6 weeks apart and had no reaction the first time and a massive reaction the second time.
The entire area under my bandage blistered and became red and very itchy and painful. I sent my surgeon a picture and he had me go directly to emergency where they cleaned the wound and skin and removed the steristips. The doctor had me admitted back into the hospital for the night to observe the incision, and fortunately the infection did not spread into the wound. I asked my surgeon if a different product was used during the first surgery and mentioned that either Mastesol or Benzoin is used. The reaction may have caused my body to revolt as I also broke out in hives which was very painful for about 5 days.

 
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

I am someone who in the first 35 years of my life never had the slightest allergic reaction to anything, food or drug or makeup. But in 2006, I had arthroscopic knee surgery and had the exact same reaction noted by others above (severe itching, raised red weeping rash like poison ivy near the incision site) that lasted a long time. It was unbearable and painful to have and I couldn't itch even if I wanted to because of the stitches. When I went back to the surgeon, he said it must have been the Mastisol because the reaction was in a perfect circle, donut shape around the incision and he said that he spreads the Mastisol that way.

From that point until recently, I remembered to tell doctors that I was allergic to Mastisol but I had different surgery on the back of my leg in 2011 and had a terrible and similar allergic reaction over a wide area from my calf to my thigh. That surgeon indicated it was most likely the Chloraprep solution which they use to clean the surgical site instead of Betadine (which, ironically, they stopped using because a lot of people are allergic to). He had not used Mastisol on me in that surgery. My allergy to Chloraprep was confirmed a couple of years later when a nurse ignored my allergy and used Chloraprep to clean my inside elbow for an IV insertion.

After this happened, I started to doubt whether it was the Mastisol that caused the allergic reaction the first time around in my knee surgery. Frankly, I forgot until recently about the whole reaction being in the shape of a donut which made Mastisol the likely culprit. And I started to wonder whether it was possibly Chloraprep in the first surgery instead but I couldn't confirm by that point whether Chloraprep was used. I even stopped telling people I was allergic to Mastisol (dumb). Interesting aside point, many medical providers looked at me perplexed when I mentioned it like they had never heard of it. I have to explain that it was a medical adhesive used in surgery.

I'm only researching this now because I'm suffering from gastritis and/or possible ulcers and I was researching natural remedies since I am desperately in pain and awaiting an endoscopy to confirm. One of the recommended and effective remedies for stomach problems is Mastic Gum which is also supposed to eradicate the H Pylori infection that causes ulcers. I took ONE pill last night and this morning woke up to a bright red face and a light rash on my limbs. I did a little research and stumbled by accident onto a site that confirmed that Mastisol is actually made from the resin of the Mastic tree.

Sooo, long story short, I think I have confirmed that I am allergic to Mastisol/Mastic Gum in addition to Chloraprep.

If you are allergic, beware of all products that contain Mastic Gum!!! Mastic gum is included in a lot of natural remedies like teas and supplements that are used to treat gastrointestinal ailments. It is also said to have an antibacterial effect too so carefully read those supplement labels too. I'm not sure if Mastic Gum is also found in other medical adhesives either.

 
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Old 05-22-2015, 03:16 PM   #11
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Re: Allergic reaction to mastisol - post op ACDF

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Just wondering if anyone else has had this? I had a one level C5/6 ACDF on 7-11-12. I do have alot of allergies but this is new!
Mastisol is the adhesive they use over the incision to help the steri-strips stick. I noticed an irritation 1day post op but thought it was just due to the surgery itself. I ended up in the ER over the weekend and then sent to the surgeon immediately on Monday. The incision area is bright red, very swollen, blistering and extremely itchy. The surgeon said he has never had a patient react like this! (the very first time i met my NS i did tell him i was one of those patients that always fell into the 1% category. Expect the unexpected!) so far it has held true
I tried to upload a picture but was unable to. just wondering if anyone has experienced this and how long it lasted and how was it treated.
Thanks!
Absolutely. I'm so sorry you went through that. It's absolutely horrible. I had never heard of that either. The first time I found out was after a foot surgery. Had a cast one taking pain meds. I started to notice my foot was itchy and felt like it was on fire under the cast. When my doctor took off the cast it was horrible. Blistered, red, oozing, itchy. Looked and felt like a bad burn. I was told I was highly allergic to the Masticol they use to keep steri tapes down. I new I was sensitive to band aids and hospital tapes. So now I avoid all tape. I had c-4/c-5 surgery also and told everyone no Masticol no tapes of any kind. After a couple of days I was getting itchy. My doctor didn't use masticol, but he did use the steri tapes, when he took off the dressing. It was red, burned my skin and started to blister and ooze. Once the reaction starts it spreads. So it was all over my neck from under my chin to just above my collar bone. To make matters worse, I couldn't wear my Neck brace because the warmth of the brace made things worse. So I went home with this awful thing on my neck. It lasted at least a week. The scars took a bit longer. I needed to have a second neck surgery with a different doctor, and I made sure everyone new, I even wrote it my my gown and chest with marker. But someone decided to try a hypoallergenic pad that had glue on edges. I had the same reaction. Luckily as soon as I felt the first signs of burning which was the next day, I took off the gauze around my neck and there was a perfect outline of the outer edge of the pad. Red and starting to burn. I used some soap and warm water to rub off the glue line. Kept everything off and let my doctor know. Now I stay away from all glues and tapes and band aids. Even paper tape burns me. And liquid stitch is also bad for me. They have a clear film that they can use temporarily to hold down I.V. 'S. Even that can't be on me for more than 30 minutes. Or they can use cobain wrap. I hope you are all better now.
Are you having more neck surgery. Did it work for you. It's awful when your neck hurts all the time. Mine feels like I'm carrying a 1000lb. Weight on my head.
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Just wondering if anyone else has had this? I had a one level C5/6 ACDF on 7-11-12. I do have alot of allergies but this is new!
Mastisol is the adhesive they use over the incision to help the steri-strips stick. I noticed an irritation 1day post op but thought it was just due to the surgery itself. I ended up in the ER over the weekend and then sent to the surgeon immediately on Monday. The incision area is bright red, very swollen, blistering and extremely itchy. The surgeon said he has never had a patient react like this! (the very first time i met my NS i did tell him i was one of those patients that always fell into the 1% category. Expect the unexpected!) so far it has held true
I tried to upload a picture but was unable to. just wondering if anyone has experienced this and how long it lasted and how was it treated.
Thanks!
😒Absolutely. I'm so sorry you went through that. It's absolutely horrible. I had never heard of that either. The first time I found out was after a foot surgery. Had a cast one taking pain meds. I started to notice my foot was itchy and felt like it was on fire under the cast. When my doctor took off the cast it was horrible. Blistered, red, oozing, itchy. Looked and felt like a bad burn. I was told I was highly allergic to the Masticol they use to keep steri tapes down. I new I was sensitive to band aids and hospital tapes. So now I avoid all tape. I had c-4/c-5 surgery also and told everyone no Masticol no tapes of any kind. After a couple of days I was getting itchy. My doctor didn't use masticol, but he did use the steri tapes, when he took off the dressing. It was red, burned my skin and started to blister and ooze. Once the reaction starts it spreads. So it was all over my neck from under my chin to just above my collar bone. To make matters worse, I couldn't wear my Neck brace because the warmth of the brace made things worse. So I went home with this awful thing on my neck. It lasted at least a week. The scars took a bit longer. I needed to have a second neck surgery with a different doctor, and I made sure everyone new, I even wrote it my my gown and chest with marker. But someone decided to try a hypoallergenic pad that had glue on edges. I had the same reaction. Luckily as soon as I felt the first signs of burning which was the next day, I took off the gauze around my neck and there was a perfect outline of the outer edge of the pad. Red and starting to burn. I used some soap and warm water to rub off the glue line. Kept everything off and let my doctor know. Now I stay away from all glues and tapes and band aids. Even paper tape burns me. And liquid stitch is also bad for me. They have a clear film that they can use temporarily to hold down I.V. 'S. Even that can't be on me for more than 30 minutes. Or they can use cobain wrap. I hope you are all better now. 🌞
Are you having more neck surgery. Did it work for you. It's awful when your neck hurts all the time. Mine feels like I'm carrying a 1000lb. Weight on my head.
Regards
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