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What in adhesive tape and glue makes some people allergic to it?

What in adhesive tape and glue makes some people allergic to it?

Latex: Many adhesives contain latex. Allergic antibodies (ige) can be formed to latex. Testing with a blood test may identify these antibodies however; false negative reactions are fairly common. (testing may fail to identify this problem accurrately) . There have been reports of severe allergic reactions to latex and if you are latex allergic, report this to all healthcare providers, including dentists. ...Read more

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How does self-adhesive tape that is placed over the wound pull the wound edges together?

How does self-adhesive tape that is placed over the wound pull the wound edges together?

It may: pull the edges closer in opposition but certainly does not guarantee that the wound will heal. depending on when in the course this was done it may cause more harm than good by introducing infection or causing involution of the wound edge. ...Read more

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I can't use band-aids because i'm terribly allergic to the adhesive. What are my options?

I can't use band-aids because i'm terribly allergic to the adhesive. What are my options?

Paper tape: "paper tape" can be found in a drug store, and it tends to be less allergenic than band-aids. Use cotton gauze to cover the wound, and paper tape to keep it in place. It won't stick as well as band-aids, so will need to be replaced more frequently. ...Read more

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Could I have a tattoo if I'm allergic to adhesives and latex?

Depends on severity: Tattoo ink is not regulated thus you can not account for its contents. Inks have multiple chemicals in them thus if there is latex you will have an allergy to your tattoo. I would be very cautious about getting a tattoo ...Read more

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I'm allergic to adhesives in band-aids - what are my options for wound care?

I'm allergic to adhesives in band-aids - what are my options for wound care?

Guaze: You should use dry sterile guaze next to your skin so that you do not develop rashes from the adhesives. Make sure to put tape on the guaze to secure it in place and not onto the skin. ...Read more

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Non latex bandages cause raised/red skin and lasts for a while after taking off. Can i be allergic to the adhesive or something else?

Probably not: The adhesive is irritating to the skin and commonly causes skin changes such as these. If it disappears within 48 hrs, probably nothing to worry about. Non-latex contact allergy to adhesive is possible and can be diagnosed with testing if the problem worsens. ...Read more

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I had a pap smear at 1 pm today and since I have been itching and burning, with swelling inside. I'm allergic to adhesive but that's it.

I had a pap smear at 1 pm today and since I have been itching and burning, with swelling inside. I'm allergic to adhesive but that's it.

Latex allergy: The doctor should always do a bimanual exam when you have your annual, so if the gloves were made of latex and you are allergic to adhesives, you could have a latex allergy. You can use cool compresses and oral antihistamines like Cetirizine or fexfenadine or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the itching and swelling, and or soak in a warm bath (not too hot). See an allergist for definitive diagnosis and advice. ...Read more

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