• Adhesive tape

    Asked by christinematth on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Adhesive tape

    So, this might be a silly question, but one of the least expected struggles I have had since my surgery has been removing adhesive on my chest that has remained after they took off my bandages! My doctor says my skin is just really sensitive to the adhesive, but I would really like to remove it. I have tried everything - rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, petroleum jelly...still some remains. Any suggestions?

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    • Clyde's Avatar

      I had the same thing, but all I could do was pull it off (actually it was liquid bandages). Meant a lot of it stayed for a long time until the edges softened up from body oil and washing. I don't think there is much you can do but let it wear off. And then be prepared for some raw skin for a couple of days.

      over 8 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Baby oil?

      over 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I am an oncology nurse. Try peroxide, use a syringe if you have one. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      over 8 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Ask the nurses if they have adhesive remover pledgets. Stinky but work. Goo Gone works if you skin is not too sensitive - but just a little and wash it off right away.

      over 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I used moisturizer but any adhesive tape leaves me with welts. I know now to tell them I am allergic to adhesive tape and I get only paper tape now.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Ummmm, before removing it, youu might want to check with your surgeon to be sure that he didn't use adhesive to suture the surgical wounds. My did with my mastectomy and I was told to leave it alone until it wore off on its own.

      over 8 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      Are you talking about adhesive residue? If so, nail polish remover worked for me. It took a few tries over a few days, though.

      over 8 years ago
    • GiggleBunny99's Avatar

      This will sound weird but if you DONT have a peanut allergy try peanut butter. My dog stepped in gum one day and the vet said to remove it from her fuzzy foot with peanut butter. It worked like a charm and very quickly. It would be a gentle alternative to the things you have tried :)

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I found that using natural oils like jojoba and emu oil really helped, when applied right after I shut the water in the shower. It's important for me to get it off ASAP as I am allergic to surgical tape - water proof gives me welts, paper a rash. Fortunately the glue type and the the tape to use to hold down the IV line causes no issues. In fact my breast surgeon covered my incision with IV line clear tape.

      over 8 years ago
    • Chemobrain35's Avatar

      Next time you have blood work ask for adhesive remover. They should have some :)

      over 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      When 's your next doctor visit? If soon... Call and tell them when you come in, you'd like them to remove what's left of the adhesive on your chest. Be firm... It is your right. Otherwise... I know goobe gone is great!

      over 8 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      put a little warm Olive oil on the residue. let it sit for a few minutes and it should be able to be rolled right off your skin. Roll it versus rubbing.. easier on the skin.

      over 8 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      Use a little bit of baby lotion on the area where the adhesive is and it will be easy to peel off.

      over 8 years ago
    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      Baby oil

      over 8 years ago
    • christinematth's Avatar

      Thanks! To be honest, it's just a relief to know I'm not the only one who has had difficulty removing this stuff! Will definitely try your suggestions and get back to you.

      over 8 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      Not some fancy method but it does work and is so much gentler. I try to go the holistic ways when possible.


      over 8 years ago
    • rachel24's Avatar

      saline foam

      over 8 years ago

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