Thanks to folks posting here and the full support of my surgeon (new hospital due to employer's changed insurance plan), I have recently had success using 3M Cavilon Barrier Film (I prefer the swab applicators.) >> WHEN APPLIED CORRECTLY <<. If your department does not stock them, have the department see if they can obtain the film through their wound department. If push comes to shove, Amazon carries the product (I now "secretly" always carry a couple to a medical appointment). Here is a link stressing PROPER application. Nevertheless, I have found a good rule of thumb -- even for veteran staff -- to be: "When you think the film has been properly applied in 2 layers over a wide enough area, extend the area even wider!"
VVV Below is my original post from April 2011. It is still helpful to read and bluntly reveals the some of real responses and obstacles that can still be encountered in the search for allergy free adhesive TAPES. Throughout the thread are alternatives that some patients have found helpful.
I have been told by my doctors, even though my hospital is a university setting, that I am responsible for finding TAPE to which I am not allergic. I do not know where else to turn but to you, my fellow cancer friends. If a monitor reads this new topic and thinks it would do better under another forum, please feel free to re-direct this new topic.
I have not had success in getting replies from medical companies I have located on the Internet and to which I have corresponded. I suspect some of the delay in feedback is not only due to the high volume of mail they receive but because I am simply a patient and not a company buyer.
I blister whether the tape is paper, nylon or that plastic stuff used to keep intravenous needles secure. Recently, I had a punch biopsy of my right breast (my breast cancer has so far been located in my left breast where I have had several lumptectomies. The punch biopsy of my rt breast was benign - hooray!).
A large area of my right breast was covered by paper tape and erupted in many and good sized blisters. The actual small site of the punch biopsy incision survived blistering because of the gauze. I was literally made vulnerable by the blisters not so much by the incision. As I write this, the tape is long gone and the blisters are healing - though it will be a while before the damaged areas disappear.
I admit to feeling pretty overwhelmed and unqualified for locating a compatible tape. I don't even want to think who will have to provide = $$ the tape if it is found . . . I just don't understand how there could even be this void regarding non-allergic TAPE. I surely will do my best to communicate to everyone the existence of such a tape.
I do have a significant FACT IN MY FAVOR and I share it with you whether you are fortunate to have found a non-allergic TAPE or are a chemist or another Sherlock Holmes. FACT = The only ADHESIVE to which I have not had an allergic reaction is the adhesive portion of an over the counter dressing which I discovered a year or 2 ago when I used it for several days at a time for a special condition. The product is CVS Pharmacy HYDROCOLLOID ADVANCED WOUND CARE and it is specifically constructed for multi-day protection. The size I used was 2"x2". CVS Pharmacy is a chain store pharmacy in my area. Of course, I include reference to this adhesive in my correspondence to various companies. BTW, yes, I am allergic to latex.
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