Allergic to dressing Help please

Hi lovely people. I had a battery replacement on Monday and I’m allergic to the wound dressing. I’m wondering if it’s ok to just take the dressing off, it’s been five days. Hospital advised keeping covered for 7 days.

Not sure I can cope with the itching of the plaster adhesive much longer. Advice welcomed please and thanks




by Chapter - 2019-06-22 17:23:33

Did you explain you were allergic beforehand, or was this new to you?  Do you have something that you are not allergic to to use in place?  My experience with allergies to adhesive is the allergic reaction takes longer to heal than the initial would.  Be careful.




by powlie - 2019-06-22 17:26:02

I didn’t realise I was allergic to the adhesive. Tried three different plasters but all giving me grief. Thanks for reply

Adhesive Allergy

by Grateful Heart - 2019-06-22 19:23:50

I have very sensitive skin.  I seem to be allergic to some adhesives, even some bandaids.  It looks like a burn mark when I remove some bandaids.  Fabric tape seems to be ok for me, although not all are sterile.

Anyway, I used a large gauze pad under my bra strap and used fabric tape to hold it in place, a good distance from the incision.

Grateful Heart

allergic to plaster adhesive

by yeshua - 2019-06-23 12:19:04

why did they use a plaster adhesive? if it was just an PM w/wout ICD implant, they use sutures with steri-strip with some Benzoin? for me they took off the bandage of the incision the next in the hospital beefore discharge, and told me that the steri-strips should fll off in about 14days or so?

Allergic Reactions

by Marybird - 2019-06-23 13:10:31

Would it be any help to take Benedryl tabs (at least at night if they make you sleepy )to try and cut back on the allergic reaction to your bandages? I got my pacemaker 11 days ago,  the Tegederm bandage comes off tomorrow. But it's also been intensely itchy under the bandage (also indicates healing, I think), and I've seen a diffuse rash making its way along the sides of the bandage, I've been using Tylenol PM (which has 50 mg benedryl as the PM sleep agent) to help me sleep better at night. I really think that benedryl has helped to keep that rash from getting worse. 


Yes, take it off

by Gotrhythm - 2019-06-23 16:40:03

I'm allergic to adhesives too ---something I didn't know, but found out when I got my pacemaker. As Grateful Heart says, it looks like a burn. If it stays on long enough, it looks like a burn that has blistered.

I have learned that the sooner I can take the tape off, the less reaction I have.

When you take the bandage off, look at the wound. If looks closed, don't rebandage. Just don't get it wet.

If it doesn't look completely closed, cover it loosely with sterile gauze and tape with hypoallergenic tape--available at drugstore. Don't tape on top of already irritated skin. 


by SamanthaS - 2019-06-24 14:32:12

I was so allergic to the steri strips - when I had the revision, doctor left them off as I had 3 layers of sutures.  No cover.  Still itchy though from the wash they used.  Couldn't win and 6 months later I still itch a bit.

Allergic to plaster adhesive

by yeshua - 2019-06-25 10:59:51

I think some may be confusing a true allergy, to just being itchy from the skin natural process after surgery, or even fro the prep they use prior to surgery..betadine, provodine, chloroprep?? These stay on your skin for a while before one can shower, and at times can take about 2-3 weeks to get it fully off? skin itches a bit as body is producing new skin!

Thanks So much

by powlie - 2019-06-25 15:14:39

Thank you all for all your feedback. So I ended up taking off the plaster/dressing. I tried a gauze with tape and that caused a reaction. In the end I just took it off. So the wound is healing well as are the blisters from the plaster. At least I know for next time it’s no plasters for me

Thanks again

You know you're wired when...

You have a dymo-powered bike.

Member Quotes

Pacemakers are very reliable devices.