I took off the bandage from my latest mole removal in the shower today, and about 30 seconds after I did, the burning and itching on my leg reminded me… oh yeah, I’m allergic to adhesive now.
Especially since I have to keep this bad boy covered in vaseline for the next 1-2 weeks, and it’s directly on my thigh, which means I’ll need SOMETHING to cover up the vaseline under my pants. Yuck.
So I’m trying a new plan of attack. Since the area that’s irritated is about a square inch around the biopsy site (the site of the original bandage, plus a little more), I cut out a non-adhesive pad left over from my orignal wide local excision of the original melanoma so that the pad was bigger than the irritated area. Then I cut 4 strips of medical tape into shapes as small as I could, while still being sure that they would be able to stick to the pad and part of my skin. The plan is to rotate where I put the adhesive strips, to avoid irritating my skin as much as possible, but we’ll see how that goes.
I’ll also try taking some antihistamine to reduce the itching and redness, since that’s what the nurse recommended last time.
Have you ever forgotten something (kinda) important, only to be reminded of it later?
I'm allergic to that stuff too. It itches like crazy! Can you wrap a bandage around it? I'm thinking the stuff they wrap your arm with after you get your blood drawn?
How about cutting a piece of nylon support stocking? Kind of like a bella band for the thigh? 🙂 That might hold the non-adhesive pad in place, esp. if it's a little tight (maybe just a size small, or hopefully a support stocking will not wander down your leg?)
Both awesome ideas, thank you guys! I actually ended up going with an Ace bandage wrapped around my leg, secured with a Snappi meant for cloth diapers (mainly because that's what I had on hand). Thank you both for inspiring me!