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Tape for Sensitive Skin

A question to the Oley offices prompted us to turn to the Oley Facebook page and Oley-Inspire forum for feedback from members. To help the member who had called, we asked how people with sensitive skin secured tubes or catheters. The response was overwhelming. The following list is based on these suggestions. We’ve included a few of the comments, too, where we thought they might be helpful.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to these discussions on our Facebook and forum pages—and for those who answer others’ questions daily through these platforms!

3M™ Products

For more information on the following 3M products, contact 3M Health Care Customer Helpline, (800) 228-3957, or visit www.3m.com.

3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film: Alcohol-free hypoallergenic film forms a breathable protective coating on the skin that helps prevent medical adhesive–related injury. Available in wands, wipes, and spray.
3M™ Coban™ Self-Adherent Wrap: A thin, breathable wrap that can be used to support or secure dressings or tubing. Sticks to itself without pins or adhesive. Latex-free version is available.
3M™ Durapore™ Surgical Tape: Hypoallergenic, durable, no-stretch cloth tape for securing tubing and devices. Not made with natural rubber latex. Available in different widths.
3M™ Kind Removal Tape: Hypoallergenic, water-resistant, silicone tape with gentle removal. Tape is light blue and comes in 1” and 2” widths.
3M™ Medipore™ H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape: Hypoallergenic, water-resistant, soft, and breathable cloth tape, helps maintain skin integrity. Not made with natural rubber latex. Available in different widths.
3M™ Micropore™ Surgical Tape: Hypoallergenic, breathable paper tape for sensitive skin. Not made with natural rubber latex. Available in white and tan.
Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin Tape: Hypoallergenic, water-resistant, long-term adhesive for those with fragile or sensitive skin. A mom notes, “It almost feels wet when you take it off the roll, but leaves no residue when taking off [your skin] and removes gently.”
3M™ Tegaderm™ Transparent Film Dressing: Dressing provides secure, waterproof, sterile barrier. Made with hypoallergenic latex-free adhesive. Available in several sizes and shapes, and in a non-sterile roll.

ConvaTec Product

For more information on the following ConvaTec product, contact ConvaTec customer service at (800) 422-8811, e-mail cic@convatec.com or visit www.convatec.com.

 

• DuoDERM® dressings: Thin, flexible hydrocolloid* dressings designed to reduce skin breakdown due to friction. Available in different sizes and styles. One mom suggested DuoDERM or HYPAFIX (see below) as a “long-term” or base layer for taping: “I…put down a layer of ‘long term’ tape then put my son’s ‘daily change’ on top of that….That way the tape that’s coming off daily is coming off of another layer vs. his skin. When the bottom layer loosens on its own, then I remove and change. Can get about a week out of one area that way.”

Smith & Nephew Products

For more information on the following Smith & Nephew products, visit www.smith-nephew.com.

 

HYPAFIX Dressing Retention Rolls: Soft non-woven fabric with non-irritating adhesive used to secure dressings, tubes, and catheters. One mom wrote, “HYPAFIX is soft and has flexibility and works on sensitive skin.” Another wrote, “HYPAFIX is a lifesaver for my daughter’s skin. I use adhesive remover when changing the tape or removing. Then I wash with mild soap and rinse well with water. Next I use alcohol wipes on the skin. And allow to dry. Then I reapply the HYPAFIX. Also skin prep is great for helping irritated skin to heal.”
IV 3000: Transparent, low-allergy adhesive film dressing designed for easy application and removal. Available in different sizes and styles.
SKIN-PREP: A liquid dressing that forms a protective film on the skin to prepare the area for adhesives and to help reduce friction during tape removal. Available in a pump spray bottle or protective barrier wipes.

Mölnlycke Healthcare Products

For more information about the following Mölnlycke products, contact customer service at (800) 882-4582 or visit www.molnlycke.com.


Mepitac®: Designed for patients with fragile skin or for those who suffer from allergic reactions to traditional tapes/adhesives. Waterproof. One mom wrote, “Mepitac tape is the only one our little man can use, he’s allergic to other tapes.”
Mepore®: Breathable, gentle, water-based self-adhesive dressing.

Other Products

Comfeel® Plus Transparent Dressing: Flexible and transparent hydrocolloid* dressings. For more information, contact Coloplast US Headquarters at (800) 533-0464 or visit www.coloplast.com. Coloplast also makes an adhesive removal spray; free samples available through their website.
Hy-Tape: Latex-free and waterproof zinc oxide–based adhesive for delicate skin. For more information, contact customer service at (800) 248-0101 or visit www.hytape.com. One contributor wrote, “I love Hy-Tape. It has a layer of zinc oxide in the adhesive.”
NeoBond: Hydrocolloid* adhesive strips, developed for long-term use on sensitive skin. Not made with natural rubber latex. Available as strips and as a roll. For more information, contact Neotech Products, Inc., at (800) 966-0500 or visit www.neotechhomehealth.com.
Press’n Seal™: As an alternative to tape, cut Press’n Seal to size and press onto desired area to create a secure seal. Available for purchase at most grocery stores. For more information, contact customer service at (800) 835-4523 or visit www.glad.com.

General Tips

One contributor noted that it is less expensive to buy the tape they like (Micropore paper tape) from the local medical supplier than from the pharmacy or Walmart, and there are more widths available. Another person suggested drugstore.com as offering good prices on another brand/type of tape.

 

Another contributor suggested, “Try using skin prep before tape. Comes in spray or pads. Make sure it dries completely before applying tape. Puts a layer between skin and tape.”

 

A suggestion on adhesive removal sprays: “Lift a tiny corner of the tape and spray it under the tape as you peel the tape off and it eases the tape off without breaking or hurting the skin. Using Cavilon barrier wipes under tape may be an option.”

 

And a good, final tip: “Bottom line, try all the tapes you can lay your hands on economically…and write to suppliers if it’s hard to find one locally. They will often send you a free roll to try.” Several of the manufacturers above offer free samples through their websites. 


*hydrocolloid: the substances in hydrocolloid dressings form a gel when they get wet (as from drainage from a wound).

 

LifelineLetter, November/December 2015

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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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