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Can I be allergic to a bandaid?

Patient: I was diagnosed with a staph infection on my stomach which was tested for MRSA , and came back as abnormal but I was told it wasn’t MRSA. When changing my bandaid today to put on new antibiotic cream, i noticed a red outline of my bandaid, looks like I was cut in the shape of the bandaid i was using, and itches like crazy. I put a new bandaid on going a different way thinking It was because it had been in the same place so long, but the irritation and itching is driving me crazy, Am I allergic to something on the bandaid? Ive never had this happen before? Or would it be more caused by the antibiotic they put me on?

 

 

Symptoms: rash, itching, some spots actually bleeding.

 

 

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Doctor: The adhesive in the bandaid could be causing local irritation and itching (contact dermatitis). It is advised to have a non-adhesive gauze dressing with an antiseptic ointment (recommended by your doctor). You may also visit your treating doctor, to rule out the possibility of a drug allergy.

 


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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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