3 Alternatives If You're Allergic To Band-Aids and sensitive skin medical tape
Most of the time, adhesive or band-aids are used to stick on the skin to adhere or protect any minor wound from infections. Unfortunately, not all skin types can bare the allergy-causing ingredients on them. Band-aids’ major role is to heal the wound but some may experience more trouble when using these products.
Usually, the glues or latex or rubber accelerators found in bandaids causes most of the allergies.
With that, they develop the adhesive allergy or what we call as Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD). It is a form of allergy that is a manifestation of a response that comes from a contact of a certain substance.
To treat this allergy right away, you need to be knowledgeable of the symptoms, treatment, and good alternatives to band-aids.
So, you might be asking, “I am allergic to band-aids, what can I use instead?”. Continue reading and let’s learn more about this.
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Adhesive Allergy Symptoms
Band-aids can cause rashes to the skin if it has prolonged contact or exposure and the substance contains certain allergens - acrylate and methacrylate - that can trigger the reactions. Usually, 50% of people can get allergic reactions to bandaids. According to Mayo Clinic, these are the common symptoms of Adhesive Allergy or Allergic Contact Dermatitis:
- Red rashes
- Dry, scaly, cracked skin
- Swelling and burns
- Bumps and blisters
- Oozing and crusting
- Mild to severe itching
Now, go see a doctor if it starts to manifest these following severe symptoms:
- If rashes affect your face or genitals
- If the rash is painful, widespread, or severe
- If the rash does not get better withing three consecutive weeks
- If the rashes get uncomfortable
How long does a bandaid rash last?
Adhesive Allergy or Allergy Contact Dermatitis can develop within a few minutes of use and can last for several days and a month, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
Diagnosing an Allergic Reaction to Band-aids
The use of patch testing is the number one recommended way of diagnosing it. Patch testing can diagnose a particular chemical that is causing the allergic reaction. Moreover, patch testing can also reveal other allergens that can be found in certain medications and other 20 to 30 extracts of certain substances that cause contact dermatitis.
Make sure that this diagnosing is done by a professional such as your allergist or dermatologist for efficient testing and result, especially if your symptoms are severe and harmful.
Treatment for Adhesive Allergy or Allergic Contact Dermatitis
The quick and simplest treatment of this allergy is to remove the band-aid immediately after experiencing a mild reaction and avoid or as much as possible, avoid using band-aids.
These following treatments are for instant, temporary, and home remedies only.
- Apply anti-itch creams or lotion. Use natural ingredients for your skin’s safety.
- Keep the irritated area moisturized.
- Apply a cold compress.
- Avoid scratching or touching the irritated area.
- Take an oatmeal bath.
Always consult your doctor for professional care.
Alternatives if You’re Allergic to Band-aids
Or another way to look at is - these can be skin sensitive bandages.
If you are allergic to band-aids, here are some good alternatives that can protect your skin from irritations:
Skin barrier film
If you are allergic to band-aids, you are probably allergic to latex or some adhesive allergens. Skin barrier film will help you protect your skin from being stripped off and keep from an allergic skin reaction. This is a wipe or spray that can be applied between the adhesive and skin.
It prevents you from having rashes once you peel off the band-aid since it can easily be taken off with soap and water. Just don’t apply this to your face or a direct wound.
The best Skin Barrier Film in 2020
Safe n' Simple Skin Barrier No-Sting Skin Wipes, 25 Count No-Sting Skin Barrier Film – Large
- No Sting Skin Barrier Film: No-Sting skin barrier wipes are alcohol free and do not hurt or sting when used on the skin. Suitable for sensitive and easily irritated skin, does not irritate the skin further
- Protects Skin: The skin barrier wipes protect the skin and provide a film barrier when adhering. It improves the adherence of a pouch and can extend its use
- Fragrance Free: Large wipe that is gentle and fragrance free, no aloe or lotions
- Applicator Wand: Provides a protective coating to the area applied. Increases adhesion of tapes and wafers. Conveniently packaged applicator wands are gentle on the skin, sterile and scent-free
Gauze with tubular band netting
This is another effective alternative for band-aids. Make sure to get an elastic tubular band to prevent slipping and to be able to cover the wound properly. To apply this, cut a gauze to a proper size and place it around the wound carefully.
Lohmann & Rauscher tg Fix Net Tubular Bandage
Best used in the retention of all types of wound/ointment dressing pads without using tape
- Wide-mesh, tubular net bandage is highly elastic in both directions
- Excellent comformability around body contours
- Allows for fast and easy dressing changing and inspection during healing process
- Size C stretches 65cm wide, suggested for use on large extremities like the arms & legs, or small heads
Hypoallergenic tapes could be the safest alternative to band-aids as long as its latex-free and have no harsh adhesives. These tapes are all recommended for every sensitive skin.
Preventions from Band-aid Allergies
It has always been advised that prevention is better than cure. So, here are some easy ways that can help you prevent from getting band-aid allergies:
- Apply a barrier cream or gel to give a protective layer to your skin
- Use a moisturizer before applying
- Know the ingredients used or formulations
- Read some reviews of the product brand
- Continually wash your skin