A member asked:

Can i be allergic to ekg electrode patches? i had an ekg yesterday, and this morning i have an itchy red rash in all the spots where the patches were. could it be an allergic reaction? it itches a lot. could it be serious?

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Yes. : Yes. This sounds like an allergic reaction to the adhesive or latex in the ekg electrode patch. Many people are sensitive to adhesives. Be sure to tell your health care provider to add this to your list of allergies. Also, let your health care provider know about your rash/itchy reaction so he/she can recommend treatment. (usually an over the counter cream).

Answered 10/10/2020


Dr. HENRY LEGERE answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

Yes.: You might have a contact dermatitis to the gel used to help the conductance of the pads or to a component of the electrode pads themselves. This can be sorted out by visiting with a local allergist and conducting thorough history and possibly patch testing.

Answered 10/10/2020



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