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Adhesive Allergy



Adhesives are substances used to bind or stick two surfaces together, and they are commonly found in a variety of products, including tape, glue, and bandages. An adhesive allergy is a type of allergic reaction that occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly identifies an adhesive as a harmful substance and mounts an immune response. The true rate of allergic reactions to adhesive is actually very low. Rashes are thought to be mainly from physical irritation from the bandage left on the skin for extended periods of time.

Symptoms of an adhesive allergy can range from mild to severe and may include skin irritation, rashes, hives, and itching. The exact cause of an adhesive allergy is not fully understood, but it is thought to be related to the chemicals used in the adhesive and the individual's genetics and environmental factors. Some people may be more prone to developing an allergy due to their genetic makeup or a previous allergic reaction to a different substance.


In conclusion, an adhesive allergy is a type of allergic reaction that occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly identifies an adhesive as a harmful substance. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include skin irritation, rashes, hives, and itching. If you suspect that you have an adhesive allergy, it is important to speak with a board-certified allergist and to take steps to avoid products that contain the allergen.

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