Adhesive Tape Allergy: Treatment for Allergy from Glue, Adhesive Tape

Home Remedies for Allergic Reactions of Adhesive Tape or Glue

Allergy in general is the immune system’s hypersensitivity to contact with certain surfaces or materials such as adhesive tapes or glue resulting to allergic rashes, itching, and skin redness. Allergy is a mysterious body reaction, and one of its most notable characteristic is the difficulty to point out which specific chemical component caused the allergic reaction.

The source of allergy can only be determined through laboratory tests. Generally, there is no cure for allergies such as glue allergy. The only thing you can do is manage the symptoms and look at the possible source of the allergic reaction and start managing the condition from there.

Treatment for Allergic Reactions

There are many ways to manage allergic reaction to adhesive tape and glue allergy. Fore mostly, knowing that your body adversely reacts every time you get close contact with adhesive tape or glue, then the most practical way to prevent allergic reaction is of course, to avoid touching objects or materials with adhesive tape or pieced together with glue. Avoiding contact with the source of allergy would prevent you from getting blisters or inflamed skin surfaces. Other practical treatment for allergic reactions to adhesive tape and glue include:

  • If using adhesive tape or glue is really necessary, opt for paper tapes instead because paper tapes are made from organic materials making them less allergy causing.
  • Use hand gloves whenever there is a need for you to use adhesive tapes or glue.
  • Before getting in contact with the allergen, coat your hands with aloe vera sap for protection. Aloe vera sap will act as your invisible organic glove that will separate you from the allergen.
  • Should your skin forms rashes and swelling, try rubbing some ice cube on the infected area or cover your hands with an ice pack to reduce the inflammation and swelling.
  • Drinking plenty of water will also help in hydrating your body thus making your healing process faster. A moisturized and healthy skin is also less likely to acquire allergies as it fights off allergy causing substances.
  • Stress can also enhance the body’s susceptibility to allergens. In adhesive tape or glue allergy and in any allergic reactions, prevention is always better than cure. So to prevent getting allergies, try to relax amidst heavy work. Do not stress yourself physically and emotionally. Above all, consult a specialist of symptoms recur despite of your home remedies.


  1. M A said:

    I have been living with, allergic to tape for years. I have tried, paper tape, stretch tape, silk tape, bandaids, you name it. When I had to have any kind of surgery, they would wrap me in stretch cloth over gauze.

    I would love to find a tape that I could use. Isn’t there some kind of bandaid that is for people like me? I know I’m not allergic to latex as I have used gloves for years, but I think it is the glue on the bandaids and other tape. Whenever I put a bandaid on a cut,

    I will break out if left on overnight. Paper tape the same way, in fact, some of the tape can’t be on for over an hour when I will start to itch and break out. When I have my blood taken, they can’t even put a bandaid on me, I have to whole cotton on it instead. If some of these companies were smart, they would figure it out and put money in their pockets.

    January 5, 2011
  2. Nic R said:

    I feel your pain as I too have an allergy to all types of adhesive tapes, band aids etc. I break out even if I have had the tape on for a few minutes. It makes hard to do anything that requires taping.
    I have been going for physiotherapy for a broken leg and they tried to work around taping my knee in place but within 1 and 1/2 minutes my leg started burning and itching under the tape. I tried different kinds of tapes but I had the same reaction.
    Good luck to you and let me in on the secret if you ever find out anything.

    June 28, 2012
    • PUP said:

      An elastic non glue and non sticky bandage can be applied over the gauze. This will prevent allergic bumps associated with sticking plaster. There are Hypo- allergenic tapes available. They too are beneficial for most people who have allergy to tapes. This tape is porous and allows the air to circulate around the wound. It also easily sticks around any part of the body.

      July 18, 2012
  3. wilda campton said:

    I am allergic to tape and have been wearing hormone patches, could this reaction cause any serious thing like upper leg pain?

    October 21, 2012
    • PUP said:

      There is little chance of pain in legs caused by allergy to tape, unless the area has secondary bacterial infection arising from allergy. However, you should consult your doctor.

      October 22, 2012
  4. Mazy said:

    I have been prescribed a once a week patch for pain, after trying oral medicines unsuccessfully. For the first time in five years, this method of reliving pain works for me. The issue is that I am allergic to the adhesive and the reaction begins within a very short time. There is redness, extreme itch, burning, raised welts and then oozing. I am trying 2 tabs of OTC benadryl 25 mg, twice daily with little difference. Do you have any suggestions? It would be greatly appreciated.

    September 21, 2016
  5. Julie said:

    I have a peritoneal catheter and it has to be always covered by a bandage. I use island bandages and cut off as much of the bandage that has the glue on it, but I still need it to stick. It itches like crazy about an hour later. I have no choice and have to wear it. Is there anything else that you can recommend?

    January 30, 2017
  6. Cheryl said:

    I had a heart monitor attached to me with patches and the wires attached. I had in all 13 of them on the front of my chest and stomach. The itching and redness started the day after I took off those patches. Almost felt like I had poison ivy. Redness, little tiny bumps. I have taken warm water showers and I moisturize it with Aveeno. This seems to help a little, but I still have itching and when I lay down to go to sleep, it gets worse. How long does this last, and should I got to a skin doctor for this problem?

    July 28, 2017
  7. RH said:

    I have skin allergy to adhesive tapes and so now I am using hydrocolloid dressing (latex free). They are available in different sizes.

    August 30, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Hydrocolloid dressing is in use since many years and it rarely causes allergic contact dermatitis. This dressing type contains gel forming agent such as sodium, gelatin and some other substance called NaCMC. It forms a self adhesive water proof wafer when applied to the wound. This dressing is easy to use. It does not produce any trauma while removing. It is useful for superficial wound having less exudate.

      August 30, 2018

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