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Do you think you’re allergic to tape? If you’ve got a red rash or blisters after being dressed with sports or medical tape, you may have allergic contact dermatitis.
Here, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about hypoallergenic tape. We’ll also talk about what you can do to treat it, provide you with some product recommendations, and answer some frequently asked questions.
Read on to find out more!
Yes, you can be allergic to surgical tape. If you develop rashes after surgical tape or glue is used, you most likely have allergic contact dermatitis as rashes will only develop if you’re allergic to the substance you come in contact with.
If you’re allergic to tape, you’ll most likely have contact dermatitis which will occur after you’ve been exposed to the tape for a couple of hours.
The common symptoms show up around where the tape was placed and include:
If you develop any of the symptoms listed above, it’s more likely than not that you’ve got allergies to the adhesive. One way to diagnose an adhesive allergy is to head to the allergist to conduct patch testing. This process helps with identifying the particular chemical that’s causing contact dermatitis and can also reveal if you’re allergic to certain materials such as latex.
If you’ve got allergies, you should avoid using some of the tapes indicated below:
Ideally, you should also opt for a latex-free non-reactive tape that can be used over gauze rather than directly on the skin to prevent any further irritation. If you’ve got a severe reaction however, you may need to purchase over-the-counter antihistamines or corticosteroids cream.
Good news! There are hypoallergenic tapes out there that are designed to firmly adhere to the skin but won’t damage sensitive skin. They’re usually lightweight and are made with material that allows the skin to breathe.
Ideally, you should look out for tapes that have the following features:
One example of this is micropore and transpore tapes. While micropore is a paper tape, transpore is a transparent plastic tape. Both of these tapes are latex-free, hypoallergenic and gentle on the skin. And, they adhere well but still leave minimal adhesive residue upon removal.
If you’re dressing a wound and are sensitive or allergic to tape, here are some steps to take to minimise allergies.
Start by using a skin preparation barrier film. You’ll want to apply this film around the wound to form a protective layer between the skin and the adhesive on the tape or dressing. This skin barrier will not only reduce the chance of contact dermatitis, but it’ll also reduce the stripping of the epidermis around the wound. Removal is also easy as you’ll just need to use soap and water to remove it.
Once the skin preparation barrier film is in place, you can use a hypoallergenic tape or surgical cloth tapes that are suited for the skin.
After the tape is removed, you may wish to use a moisturizing lotion or aloe vera cream to help soothe the area that came into contact with the tape.
If you’re allergic to the medical or sports tape that you currently have, consider purchasing any of these hypoallergenic tapes listed below.
This latex-free tape has been developed by health professionals and will keep your wounds dry from any infections and contaminants. It offers maximum protection and comfort so your wounds can heal in no time at all.
This 3M Blenderm Surgical Tape is latex-free and hypoallergenic. It’s designed to protect your wound against external fluids and contamination, and is ideal for both wounds and specialist applications.
Looking for reliable hypoallergenic sports tape? Look no further than this latex-free kinesiology and therapeutic tape. Used by physiotherapists, this tape is reliable and also waterproof, assisting in injury recovery without damaging sensitive skin.
This Hypafix tape is a comfortable, non-woven dressing retention tape that also stretches for easy application along with comfort. Not only is it water-resistant, it comes with a non-irritating adhesive that’s great as a secondary dressing for gauze, foams and more.
If you’re looking for some hypoallergenic tape that’s gentle and breathable, the 2683 Medipore is the way to go. It’s easy to tear and comes with excellent cross and diagonal stretch to accommodate both swelling and movement. It’s not made with rubber latex and is both hypoallergenic and water-resistant.
Last on the list is this Cover Roll tape that’s both soft and stretchable and made of non-woven polyester material. The adhesive helps to hold the dressing safety and reliably, and it’s also breathable. Since it’s not made of latex material, it’s a great hypoallergenic alternative.
No more fashion disasters with any of these hypoallergenic fashion tapes by your side! Double sided and discreet, these options are also latex-free and perfect for any fashionista with sensitive skin.
With these clear and double sided adhesives, you’ll be able to keep clothes in place for hours on end. Hypoallergenic and fabric friendly too, it’s wise to keep a few in your purse when you’re out and about!
All the support you need to totally rock a strapless outfit. Made of 97% cotton, the other 3% is latex-free, medical grade adhesive that’s gentle on sensitive skin. Totally worthwhile option if you’re looking for an invisible bra alternative.
Stop ruining your clothes with pins holding everything in place. Fearless tape holds everything in place. With a hypoallergenic adhesive that’s also fabric friendly, you can’t go wrong! Go on, be fearless with your outfit and personal style!
Below are answers to some of the commonly asked questions we’ve received.
Take a look at some of the options we’ve listed above! If you’ve got sensitive skin, hypoallergenic tape is the way to go. They’re generally breathable, latex-free, comfortable and great for sensitive skin.
Micropore tape is made of paper while transpore tape is a transparent plastic tape. Both tapes are latex-free and hypoallergenic so they're great for those with allergies.
There’s some other hypoallergenic tapes that we’ve listed above that are great alternatives. Take a look and see if you’re able to find a hypoallergenic tape that best suits your needs! If your skin is ultra sensitive and reacts to hypoallergenic tapes as well, look for a cotton wrap or bandage that has no adhesive yet is able to hold gauze in place.
We hope that this article gives you a comprehensive overview of hypoallergenic tape and what causes tape allergies in those with sensitive skin. By switching to a hypoallergenic tape, you should be able to eliminate any itching or swelling that stems from allergies.
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