How a Bandage Adhesive Allergy Can Ruin a Holiday Celebration

How a Bandage Adhesive Allergy Can Ruin a Holiday Celebration

The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and spending times with the ones you love. While something like a bandage adhesive allergy might seem like a trivial matter, it can turn a special, memorable moment into one you’ll wish you could forget quickly. It’s certainly not just an allergic reaction to bandage adhesives you have to worry about; a reaction to bandage adhesive allergy is one of the common yet overlooked dangers one of your guests might have.

The most frequently occurring allergic reaction to an adhesive is in the form of a rash. This is termed as contact dermatitis. One of the most common causes of this rash is latex, according to the National Institute of Health.

The Allergy and Asthma Network released a press release at the beginning of December outlining some of the causes and allergic wound care treatments one should be prepared for this holiday season.

“Knowing the facts about life-threatening allergies and understanding the need for awareness are the first steps to becoming an inclusive host,” said Tonya Winders, President and CEO of Allergy and Asthma Network, in the press release published by “For people with life-threatening allergies, awareness begins with understanding what they are allergic to and how to recognize that allergen. It continues with avoiding potential opportunities for exposure.”

Skin irritation from tape or a bandage adhesive allergy typically stems from a broader latex allergy. In addition to bandages, balloons and gloves can trigger a reaction in these people.

Food allergies is of course another important area the press release touched on. It’s important to have open lines of communication with guests in terms of letting them know what’s on the menu and what specific ingredients are contained. Cross-contamination during preparation is also an important consideration.

There’s also the point of knowing the difference between a serious allergic reaction and skin irritation. When adhesives are in contact with the skin for prolonged periods of time (hours to days), a skin rash can occur in up to 50% of people. If this is the case it’s usually best treated with a topical corticosteroid, either with an over-the-counter product such as hydrocortisone 1% cream or with a stronger version available by prescription only.

For people with a serious bandage adhesive allergy though, the first thing that should be done is administration of their epinephrine auto-injector followed by a call for an ambulance. That’s not something most people want to do on the holidays, so take the precautionary steps and try to find out allergies beforehand so you can avoid such a situation.

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