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Alternatives to Bandaids

When your skin is sensitive to adhesive or you can't find the right size bandaid, you many need to use something else. This guide is about alternatives to bandaids.
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January 27, 2006 Flag

Does anyone have any ideas for substitutes for Band Aids? It seems that certain parts of my skin, i.e. inside forearm, tummy, back of hand, etc., have become very sensitive to the adhesive. I actually have one place that looks like the sticky part has left a scar. I'm hoping it will eventually go away, but who knows.

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January 27, 20060 found this helpful
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I use the Band-Aids that are designed to stay on for up to a week. Their adhesive is different, so it doesn't cause me discomfort. I also make sure I buy latex-free bandages; you might have a latex sensitivity.

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January 27, 20060 found this helpful
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You can buy paper tape designed especially for adhesive-sensitive people. I've never seen a Band Aid made with it, though. I just use gauze with it.

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January 27, 20060 found this helpful
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Try New Skin. It's a product in a tiny little brown bottle with an applicator in it. You will find it uncomfortable at first, but blow on it to dry the liquid and you will never use a band aid again. True to the name, it acts like new skin. Ask your local pharmacy or discount store.

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January 27, 20060 found this helpful
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I, too, am allergic to regular Band-Aids. I use the stretch gauze with gauze pads. Works great! And, yes, the marks you have from the Band-Aid will go away eventually.

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April 7, 20110 found this helpful

I am not allergic to latex, but I am allergic to the adhesives used on most bandages. I can use the Tegaderm, and some of the NexCare bandages, but everything else gives me a rash. The worst offender is the adhesive on the little round patches they use for heart monitors. My heart is very healthy, but since I'm overweight, all emergency personnel automatically stick me all over with those things anytime I have to go to the emergency room. The last time, it took eight weeks (!!!) for the itchy red circles to finally go away.

But here's the worst thing, I'm allergic to the adhesives in feminine sanitation products. I can't find any that don't have adhesive, so now I have gone with cloth, whether I like it or not. At least it's cheaper, since I found patterns on the 'Net and make my own from my sewing scraps.

Whenever I give blood, I just tell them ahead of time that I will need a wrapped gauze bandage. For an arm, I can't apply it myself, but it's simple to fold a bit for the actual site, then wrap long gauze around and around. Cut it and split the last 18 inches up the center, twist them around the arm in opposite directions, then tie. This stays on and is very comfortable.

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September 14, 20110 found this helpful

I am allergic to all adhesive band aids, cloth ones as well. What I have found that works in 2 inch clear tape, with a small square or circle of gauze or pad in middle. Biggest plus I found; no Blisters or welped up spots. Second plus, very very economical. The down side, no breathing holes are in tape unless you put them there some way before application.

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May 15, 20130 found this helpful

I'm allergic to Latex from my bandage. I have itchy bumps that won't go away. I went to my school's nurse and she had no clue what it was. So I decided to research and I found out that it was an allergic reaction from the Latex.

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October 15, 20160 found this helpful

Are the ones that you are talking about, bandaid brand. I cant find them on their site. Thanks!

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June 1, 2012 Flag

I have Bell's palsy and am allergic to the adhesive on Band aids and paper tape. I am having a terrible time trying to tape my eye closed. Does anybody have an alternative to tape to keep my eye shut at night? I have scabs from where I taped my eye shut. I am allergic to carbs mix, wood alcohols and e-phenylelnediamine. Anybody have suggestions?

By Patty R

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November 18, 20160 found this helpful
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Mrs Joe, to keep the patches on your eyes, use one of those eye sleeping masks. Could hep make an easier transition.

All the best!

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June 2, 20120 found this helpful

You may be able to use the eye patch that uses elastic that goes around your head and has the patch that goes over the eye. If you sew you may even be able to make one and close your eye and maybe put tissue there so its under the patch. Even if you don't use the tissue it will be dark and you will still rest your eye.

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June 2, 20120 found this helpful

I would see an NAET practitioner and have these allergies eliminated!

Go to www.naet.com for info.

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June 2, 20120 found this helpful

I have a urostomy and must wear barriers. One company makes a tape free type, however I feel safer with the additional tape. I've found that the tape meant for hockey sticks is alright on my skin.

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June 3, 20120 found this helpful

Hy-Tape may work for you. I am also allergic to band aid adhesive and paper tape and I can use hy-tape. Any durable medical supply should carry it. Good luck!

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June 3, 20120 found this helpful

Another thought. Do you react to the adhesive on all band aids or just Johnson and Johnson ones? Nexcare and Curad use a different adhesive than J & J.

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June 3, 20120 found this helpful

How about trying one of those eye patches that are used form cataract surgery? My DH just had it done and had a patch with a soft gauze inside to keep eye closed. He had to tape it to face. I am thinking that you might use a stretchy material to back a band to go around your head?

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June 4, 20120 found this helpful

How about an "old fashioned" headband?

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September 28, 2010 Flag

I have a friend that's having bad reactions to Bandaids. We are trying to find something to keep ouches covered. I can't find a strong enough tape to hold just gauze on. Any suggestions?

By BHCBADGIRL from MT

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September 28, 20100 found this helpful

Use duct tape. On a job once my boss got a pretty deep cut and put duct tape over it. Nothing else. When he went to the doctor (when we finished for the day) the doctor was impressed and told him that was probably the best solution for the cut he had because the tape itself was sterile and it was strong enough to hold the cut. He required three stitches. And this was 5 hours after finishing a carpet job and driving back to civilizaton.

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September 30, 20100 found this helpful

Try Coban tape by 3M, self adhesive, recommended by my hand doctor after some surgery, works great.

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September 30, 20100 found this helpful

My mom (who passed away in Aug. 2009 from lung cancer) had a terrible allergy to most of the adhesives in tape and bandaids. Most of the time, the tape/bandage would cause more damage than the sore she had been trying to heal.

Her Oncologist gave her a roll of "paper tape" that worked like a charm. It had very strong adhesive qualities, but didn't irritate her skin at all! You can find it at Walgreen's.

God Bless,

Sheila in Springfield, IL

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September 30, 20100 found this helpful

You could try "new skin liquid bandage". You just spray it on the open sore. My husband loves it (I haven't had a sore to try it on). It has an antiseptic in it too.

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September 30, 20100 found this helpful

I have the same problem and have found out I am allergic to latex. Paper bandages work on me. I also have to tell the docto and dentist office that I'm allergic to latex so they can use non-latex gloves. If they use regular gloves at the dentist, the next day my face where they touched is covered in little itchy bumps under the skin. It has been this way all my life.

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September 30, 20100 found this helpful

I am allergic to tape and must use it on ostomy bags. I've found that hockey stick tape works great.

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October 1, 20100 found this helpful

You can also use a cotton strip, winding it over the bandage and taping the outside of the cotton (like binding up a sprained ankle). I don't know if your country has them but in Japan we can also get cotton mesh tubes that are finger size, arm size and head size, to hold gauze on wounds. You can use the fingers cut off a glove, cuff of a sock, etc. My daughter is allergic to both latex and adhesive!

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October 2, 20100 found this helpful

You can buy this athletic tape like stuff, the labs use it to hold on the cotton over the place they take your blood. It comes in fun colors as well. Just use that wrapping it around a few times over the bandage and it will stay in place. Good luck.

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January 7, 2015 Flag

I play basketball and once every 3 month I sprain my ankle playing. Now my doctors, coach, everyone advises me to, wrap my ankle with tape before training, but I'm allergic to tape. What can I use instead of that tape, that can be a suport for that ankle?

By Simone R

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

I'd use one of those ankle support things that are made of elastic bandage fabric. Or get an athletic ankle support.

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January 10, 20150 found this helpful

Also consider buying an ankle support made of fabric and elastic. You can try local pharmacies and also medical supply firms. There are many sites online to consider, also.

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January 10, 20150 found this helpful

Try buying non latex tape instead of the usual stuff. I had the same problem but by using this tape there is no problem.

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January 5, 2015 Flag

My husband has very thin skin. When removing a "regular" Band-aid from a wound site, he will pull up skin with the adhesive, creating another wound site! Does anyone know if there is an actual Band-Aid which uses "paper tape"? I know there is a paper tape, but it needs a gauze pad; then, there is the self-adhesive wrap. But, for a "quick and easy" solution, I would like to have an actual "workable" Band-Aid on hand.

By V.L.

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January 7, 20150 found this helpful

Have you tried putting tissue on the wounds and letting the blood as it dries to adhere the tissue; like what a man would do if he cut himself shaving? Then when it is time for it to come off just wet it.

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January 7, 20150 found this helpful

There is a product you can buy in the first aid aisle that comes in a roll. It is a soft, stretchable tape that comes in small widths and it looks wrinkly in the package. When you unroll it to cover a wound of any kind, you can stretch it a little, then the end of it will stick to its opposite end. It's wonderful because you can put anything under it (TP folded or gauze pads of any size, etc. plus medication) and hold it in place as long as you need. It's also reusable which makes it a real $ saver. Wish I knew the name of this product because it's great. I've found many uses for it around the house.

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January 8, 20150 found this helpful

If you ask advice from your pharmacist, they can likely steer you toward a suitable bandage product.

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