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Myohmy34744 posted:
I had a cyst removed on Thursday afternoon and got 3 stitches by the dermatologist. A band aid was applied to protect the area. All was fine for the first few hours. Got home and noticed some itching, not enough for concern I thought, but then as time progressed the itching got worse. When I took a shower that evening the band aid became loose so I put neosporin on the stitches and covered it back up with another band aid as indicated by the Doctor Went to sleep, next day again I had the itching all over again, so I put more neosporin hoping it was just a healing reaction. That evening after my shower I noticed that the area where the band aid was placed was red and had bumps, so I used paper tape to hold the gauze instead of a band aid and neosporin on all area, but that night I could hardly sleep due to the tremendous itching, and where the paper tape was placed was also red (almost appeared as sun burn). So, I went to the pharmacy and got benadryl (cream form) and applied to the areas where skin was exposed to the band aid (where it was red and had bumps) not the stitches as indicated by the pharmacist. I have a few dilemas though, do I continue to put neosporin on the stitches? Is this an allergic reaction? If it is, is this due to the glue on the band aid or the neosporin or the combination of both. The itch has gotten better since using the benedryl, but not yet gone completely and the redness and bumps are still there. Should I go back to the dermatologist or go to an allergist? Please help... Thanks, M
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Dr_Enright responded:
Try to contact the dermatologist, and if you can't contact her, then try an allergist. It's possible that the allergic reaction was due to an iodine compound used by the dermatologist to clean your skin before the surgery, the neosporin, or tapes.
 
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starion06 responded:
Hi! I & my family are very sensitive to adhesives and have found self-adhering bandages to be very useful for our bandage needs. You can find it at many pharmacies and also pet supply stores (it's used by vets & owners when pets have injuries so the adhesive doesn't get stuck in their fur). I hope this is helpful to you. Dr. E's suggestion about other allergies & sensitivities is also excellent, but from personal experience, we know how uncomfortable adhesive sensitivites are! To remove all traces of adhesive, oil and alcohol are helpful (try whichever is handy, one at a time).

www.drugstore.com/qxp79916_333181_sespider/selfgrip/self_adhering_first_aid_tape__bandage_1_inch_beige.htm

www.petco.com/product/102843/Simple-Solution-Pet-Wrap-Self-Adhering-Bandage-Tape.aspx
 
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janet104279 responded:
the glue on band-aids is latex. You could be allergic to latex. I am & I have the same reaction to band aids you have
 
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tsuji214 responded:
my reaction to a bandaid wasn't nearly as bad as yours, but when i took a band aid off my leg, there was a perfect outline of the band aid on my skin! it's been nearly a month now, and it still hasn't gone away at all! how do i get rid of it?
 
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peterchast responded:
You can use Tape Relief under the bandage. It is a lotion that turns into a shell of some sort so whatever you are allergic to won't actually touch your skin. I think it is made out of some hypo allergenic natural ingredients too! I haven't seen it in retail stores yet, just on their website: http://www.taperelief.com/
 
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Mommy34567 responded:
I have the same problem. for me it is the glue on the Band-Aid. I get a red outline where it was. I can only use Band-Aid shear strips Now they have quiltvent and I can not use them. I hope they have some that do not. I had a c section 2 years ago and I had to ask for paper tape. I think the dermatologist or the allergist both can help. My grandma has the same problem I do and so does my son.
 
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amcate responded:
It's an old thread, but just adding in my two cents. I've had problems when they removed moles and had stitches. It takes trial and error to figure out what is causing the redness for me, but finally figured out it was the hydrogen peroxide they told me to clean the wound with. I normally go back to whoever made the cut when I get a skin reaction. So, the next time the dermatologist took out a mole, I just used Ivory soap and water with a gauze bandage and paper tape. The skin stayed in good shape, and actually less chance of infection since it was red and peeling off everywhere around the stitches. I've had cysts removed as well, and continued to only use Ivory soap and water with the gauze and paper tape and the skin is happy with that.

My skin problems have been much worse this last year even with humidifier and lotions. I've found anti histamines, like Zyrtec, take care of the itching. They also have an over the counter lotion called derma e that helps when I put it on after showering to decrease itching and keep moisture on the skin, but it's expensive and normally alternative health type product (but it works in my experience). This is for more general all over skin issues, though.


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