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Old 07-05-2004, 04:13 AM   #1
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Can BandAids cause a rash?

I have been covering a recent burn on my inner forearm with plain old bandaids for about a month now and have recently developed a round rash under it. The rash has not been irriatating, just red. It's edges are not raised & it does not look like ringworm (even though it is relatively round, but the center is not clear). The rash appeared under one end of the the adhesive part. I removed the bandaid and it is slowly fading (day 2-3 now).

After noticing the rash, I switched the positon of the band aid (the next day) and developed a similar, round rash over one of the ends of the new bandaid. Does this sound like a latex sensitized reaction? If this is a latex allergy, does anyone know how long it takes to fade away? Thank you.

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Old 07-06-2004, 03:31 AM   #2
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Hi, my family has the same problem, we get contact dermitits from the adhesive that is used in most bangages, I found that if we need a bandage for a period of time I make them out of paper tape and gauze, hope this helps

Old 07-06-2004, 07:23 PM   #3
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Re: Can BandAids cause a rash?

yup they can. I am allergic to adhesives in bandaids, medical tape, nu skin, second skin, etc etc. I will see literally the outline of the bandaid or whatever it is in my skin as a rash. It usually takes a potent steroid cream(prescription strength) to get rid of it, highly recommend Cutivate, not terribly strong but it hits the spot... good luck

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Re: Can BandAids cause a rash?

Hello all,

Not only is it possible for you to be allergic to the adhesive, which is very common, many bandages are made with latex. Natural latex is often a very strong allergen to many people.

I used Latex exam gloves for 13 years then all of a sudden I began to have an itchy nose every time I used them. Then my face started breaking out then My hands ( I was slow to believe it could be a latex allergy as I had used them for so many years) alas I now only use non latex exam gloves.

It is now necessary for me to get non latex bandaids as they also break me out.

Best of luck

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Old 09-24-2005, 12:50 PM   #5
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Re: Can BandAids cause a rash?

Hi -- I tested negative for latex allergy but get a rash when I use a band-aid, too, so I believe it's the adhesive that I react to.

As others have described, I develop a red mark in the shape of the end of the band-aid, and it itches like crazy.

The last time, I also developed little blister-like bumps that have taken several days to fade. I'll have to find some paper medical tape to see if I react to it.

ETA: removed a dumb question.

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Old 09-25-2005, 06:36 PM   #6
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Re: Can BandAids cause a rash?

Yes, it is the adhesive. Try the paper/non-allergenic tape with gauze pads. That may also bother you (it does me!). When I had my gallbladder out in February we spent more time dicussing what could be used as a bandage than the surgery itself!
Relly sensitive areas are the forearms and stomach.....fingers and legs don't seem to react as badly...good luck!

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