Millions of people suffer an allergic reaction to bandage adhesive, but many don’t realize the cause until well after the fact. There are three basic types of adhesive allergies: irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, immediate allergic reactions. 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. This is considered under the allergic contact dermatitis.
Typical Band-Aids are one common source of a rash from bandage adhesives, but there are other sources too. Here are three specific demographics that are susceptible to skin irritation from tape whether they’re aware or not.