Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Allergic to adhesive
    chach3186 posted:
    I just had an umbilical hernia repair yesterday, and forgot to tell the doc that my torso (literally just my torso) is allergic to adhesives.

    I have sutures in as well as steri-strips and of course the tape on the outside holding on the dressing. I removed the tape from the dressing as I am wearing an abdominal binder, so the dressing stays in place. Are there non-adhesive alternatives to the ster-strips?

    I tend to scar big (I think it's called keloitosis?) and so I'm trying to keep the scar closed for as long as possible.

    chach3186 responded:
    I should note that the allergic reaction is hives.
    sgbl88 replied to chach3186's response:

    You really need to talk to your doctor about this. Removing the Steri-Strips too early can cause problems.

    You do have my sympathies. I am allergice to most adhesives as well. I can usually tolerate professional ones (at hospitals and doctor's offices) and NexCare. I have run into some professional ones that I don't tolerate. A wired thing, while I tollerate 3M's NexCare, I don't tollerate their steri-strips.

    Feel better and God bless.

    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end... Ye shall seek me, and find [me]

    Helpful Tips

    Tip: safe use of epinephrine auto-injectorsExpert
    For patients with allergic diseases that place them at risk for severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis, epinephrine autoinjectors are an ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    16 of 28 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health Asthma and Allergies Center