3 Ways to Prevent Adhesive Rashes

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3 Ways to Prevent Adhesive Rashes

When medical adhesives are in contact with the skin for extended periods of time, a rash can occur on the skin. In most cases, this rash is mild – it may appear itchy with bumpy and red skin, but it goes away when the adhesive is removed.

Unfortunately, for some people, this adhesive irritation can be intense. The skin can turn dry, scaly, or chafed, and develop angry blisters which are not only painful but also get worse with time. If you suspect that you are experiencing an adverse reaction to the adhesive, contact your healthcare provider right away. In the meantime, you can take some precautions to protect yourself from adhesive irritation.

How to Reduce the Risk of Adhesive Irritation

Whether your skin reaction is from allergy or irritation, here are some expert tips to help treat your rash so you can continue wearing your device.

Maintain a good skin care routine

One way to prevent any rashes from adhesives is to implement a good skincare routine that strengthens and protects your skin barrier. Once you’ve had your shower/bath, lightly pat your skin dry with a towel and apply moisturizer.

Well-hydrated and moisturized skin is not as prone to irritation and dryness that comes with using medical devices. So, avoid using harsh soaps and really hot showers that can make your skin dry and make adhesive irritation worse.

Alternate between sides

When an object—like a medical adhesive—stays in contact with your skin for long periods of time, it can cause irritation regardless of the health of your skin. Based on this, alternate the adhesive from one side of your body to the other side with each insertion.

This will give your skin underneath the tape on the just-used site some time to heal. In some cases, skincare products can also get stuck under the adhesive, causing allergy or irritation. Therefore, avoid products with formaldehyde preservatives and fragrance additives which can cause extra irritation.

Use CathGrip

If you have tried medical adhesives that have left your skin dry, itchy, or wounded, consider trying CathGrip that’s latex-free and made of advanced hydrocolloid material, which is considered extremely gentle on the skin. Surgeons and doctors widely prefer hydrocolloid based wound dressings.

CathGrip distinguishes itself from other catheter securement device providers because of its use of cutting-edge and proprietary hydrocolloid formulation. The device has been extensively tested and researched. Feedback from doctors, nurses, and patients has been excellent regarding the safety and efficacy of CathGrip. The simplest way to prevent potential skin conditions and even ulcers is to use CathGrip for patients who are required to use foley catheters. 

At Wound Care Resources Sales, we help patients find something that holds their device in place without causing an allergic reaction. And CathGrip has proven to be the most effective and affordable adhesive whether you have sensitive skin or not. Unlike many other device anchors that are secured with acrylic-based adhesives, CathGrip is made of hydrocolloid adhesive that prevents irritation and rashes.

CathGrip: Say No to Adhesive Irritation 

Is your skin sensitive to adhesives and anchors? Wound Care Resources Sales offers a solution to promote relief from irritation and discomfort. CathGrip and our collection of state-of-the-art medical device accessories are extremely affordable and highly effective. If you’re looking for a revolutionary double-strap anchor that you can continue using for extended periods without feeling uncomfortable, call us at 855-400-2433


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