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Latex Allergy
updated: May 19, 2014, 8:55 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Found out a few years ago that I am allergic to latex bandaids and have been using Curad. I am now getting an allergic reaction to them and other cloth bandaids. I've tried putting new skin on the skin where I place the bandaid and am still getting a reaction. Does anyone know what else I can try using for first aid?

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 COMMENT 520135 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 08:57 AM

you are probably allergic to the adhesive.... not the latex.


 WILLOW agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 09:03 AM

Have you tried gauze a pad, secured by gauze roll bandage? No adhesive...


 COMMENT 520138 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 09:04 AM

You can use gauze and paper tape. I use paper tape on my feet to keep them in proper position when doing long distance walking and never have an issue with the adhesive. It's available in rolls at any pharmacy and most supermarkets.


 COMMENT 520139 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 09:05 AM

Sounds crazy but super glue works very well if all you need to do is stop a cut from bleeding. As a hairstylist, it comes in handy every once in a while for the accidental finger cut.


 COMMENT 520148 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 09:18 AM

Second for super glue. I buy the 3 paks from a bargain store since, once opened, the tubes don't store very well.

Almost instant repair of a minor cut.

I sure like the idea of a gauze pad held on with paper tape, too.


 COMMENT 520150 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 09:25 AM

My daughter is allergic to latex and Band-Aid brand by Johnson & Johnson is the _worst_. The packaging specifically says "latex used in packaging". In calls to their company asking for a latex-free product, I am confounded by their refusal and insistence on sticking to an ingredient that bothers so many. What's especially frustrating is their continual snapping up of every current children's theme from Hello Kitty to Sesame Street. It was very sad to tell her, time and again, "sorry no you can't have them". I won't buy any of their products now. J&J is off my list, forever.


 COMMENT 520151 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 09:32 AM

When I go to have my blood drawn at professional phlebotomists, they always use gauze and paper tape.


 COMMENT 520154 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 09:40 AM

Ditto on the gauze and paper tape. I'm allergic to the adhesive, too. NuSkin, it's like a paint on bandage, works for some people.


 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 10:06 AM

I feel for you! I have the same problem. Even paper tape can be irritating, though not as bad as the bandaids. The Wound Clinic out at GVCH used a small wipe on my skin before placing any adhesive product on me. It had some skin protectant on it that really helped. Eventually it was not enough, though.

A call to them for advice my be worth a try. They are very nice people out there!

Good luck!


 COMMENT 520173 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 10:44 AM

As a carpenter I use paper towels and duct tape for on the job cuts. Super glue works great too.


 COMMENT 520188 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 11:09 AM

You can use Super Glue for cuts? Doesn't it bind the skin ? Is that safe?


 COMMENT 520193P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 11:21 AM

You can buy rolls of self adhesive bandage. Sticks only to itself and not to the skin. Then use a gauze pad on the would and hold it in place with the self adhesive bandage. I found it on the internet. It is used mostly by veterinarians to hold bandages in place on animals. Possibly a pet store like Lemos may carry it.


 COMMENT 520201 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 11:37 AM

193...CVS has it, in "natural" and white. It's wrinkly and stretchy. Comes in various widths. You may have to ask where it is. It's in a "blister pack" by the band aids.


 COMMENT 520218 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 12:17 PM

I bought some latex free band-aids at longs (pre-CVS). They were called foam bandages and said "latex free" on the box.
I don't know if they carry them--as I bought them many years ago-- and just finished the box today. But they have a good shelf life if you can find them at CVS. Looks like NexCare makes them now...NexCare Active Foam bandages (made in USA as well..so maybe the adhesive won't be as irritating).


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 12:20 PM

Duct Tape is great for heavy bleed wounds also for stab wounds life saver..


 COMMENT 520224P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 12:22 PM

Paper tape all the way. I get adhesive burns from regular bandages that sometimes take longer to heal than the original injury. With paper tape, although it sometimes gets the health care folks annoyed, I mend much more quickly.


 COMMENT 520264 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 02:42 PM

I get blisters from normal bandages but now make my own using natural cotton and aloe plants. Clean your wound with natural soap and let dry for a few hours, then place a piece of aloe on the clean wound and wrap the cotton around the aloe and wound. If the wound is infected and/or has pus or any "wet" body secretions, dab some tea trea oil onto a natural cotton ball and tamp the pus until it drains....do not swipe at the wound as it will only make things worse and you'll have a bigger problem on your hands!!!


 COMMENT 520340 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 06:43 PM

Gauze and Paper Medical Tape. Very low cost and works great. You can even get a beige color tape so it isn't so stark (yikes, I almost wrote flesh color, remember Crayons?).


 COMMENT 520378P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 09:23 PM

340.....yes. Crayons. Have they renamed that color yet?


 COMMENT 520400P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-20 07:10 AM

I still have my childhood big box of crayons with flesh color.


 COMMENT 520468 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-20 10:03 AM

yeah 264, good natural suggestions, but if you're allergic to latex it's not a bad idea to use also benadryl for overall reaction, my sis in law is allergic to all kinds of stuff, is celiac and is a nurse, she can't even be in a room with baloons, benadryl daily the Dr. says as a precaution and it works. Gauze and paper tape a plus or tie the gauze after wrapping and forget the tape. People who are allergic to latex should also know about the newest most ridiculous food handling rules they're trying to enforce where people have to use gloves for all food handling, this could put latex in your foods, be careful !!!


 COMMENT 520498 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-20 10:52 AM

If it is irritation from all adhesives then use a gause pad (they can be cut to the right size) and secure it with a rubber band or a few rubber bands (they also come in varying sizes, strength and thicknesses) Do not wind the rubber band (s) so tight as to impede blood circulation, however and check them periodically to make sure they are not too tight. There are also other methods of securing the gause without using anything adhesive, depending upon the location of the wound. A finger from an old cotton glove, the elastic part of an old sock or nylon stocking, etc. even using a gause pad and then encirling it with some kind of adhesive tape pulled snuggly around the gause so the tape is only adhering to ITSELF not to the skin.


 COMMENT 520568 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-20 01:33 PM

Don't forget the antibiotic properties of Lavender, mint, rosemary and eucalyptus oils in addition to tea tree oil, natural medicines are worth checking into if you have allergies.


 COMMENT 520947 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-21 06:59 PM

I love colored electrical tape. It works great.


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