Tape Alternative to Bandaids

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

They have cloth bandages just for folks who encounter this! They also have "white" medical tape which I am not sure will cause a reaction or not; check with your local pharmacist or drug store!

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September 28, 20100 found this helpful

I have a reaction to adhesives and I do better with the paper tape sold in rolls, but it doesn't stick as well as regular bandaids. I also tolerate the fabric bandaids better, for some reason.

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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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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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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?

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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

I would recommend you ask your pharmacist. They are very knowledgeable about this sort of thing and may be able to help you right away. Also, there will no cost and you could pop down and have a chat this afternoon; no appointment necessary. If your pharmacist can not help you, you should consult with your doctor.

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June 2, 20120 found this helpful

I have had to try to keep my eye closed on occasion what I have done is take a folded up Kleenex closed my eyes and put a sleep mask over the Kleenex on my eye and it keeps it in place for the night.

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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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