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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
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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.

Thanks for any help.

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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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June 1, 2012 Flag
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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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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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November 14, 20130 found this helpful

I had bell's palsy but I went to a neurologist and they gave me oral meds. I took it for a few weeks and it went away. I've not had it since. It's been 20 years.

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January 7, 2015 Flag
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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?

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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
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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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September 28, 2010 Flag
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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 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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June 3, 20120 found this helpful

Maybe you could just try a sleep mask and eliminate having to use anything with adhesive at all.

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