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Question: Adhesive Allergic Reaction


 itchy24 - Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:08 am

I am allergic to the adhesive on medical tape and bandaids, ranging from a minimal to a severe reaction. I put a bandaid on my arm to protect a burn that had come open but was healing fine from dirt and grim. I took benadryl and took the bandaid off as soon as I could. However, I am now having a reaction to the bandaid, complete with a perfect outline of where the bandaid was. I have been taking benadryl plus my claritin, puttin hydrocortosone(?) cream on it, clean it several times a day with warm water and soap, and have even cleaned it with hydroperoxide. It still itches like crazy and the blisters aren't getting any better. What else can I do to relieve the symptoms?

Also, the rash is on the inside of my forearm where it rubs everything frommy shirt to picking things up. I have had worse reactions before just not this annoying.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:19 pm

User avatar Hello,Allergic contact dermatitis is a local reaction to contact sensitizers to which one one has already exposed to.The reaction is confined only to the area and acquires the shape of the object. eg band aid.Also the area of the body which has developed the reaction gives clue to the allergen.eg neck-jewelery.Certain occupations have their list of allergens.eg-Hairdresser with hair dyes.
Treatment consists of application of corticosteroid cremes like hydro cortisone.Identification and avoidance of allergen is of paramount value.
Best wishes.

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