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« on: February 05, 2007 10:23:17 PM »

Okay, so I work at a dog kennel -- I work with lots of water, lots of chemicals (bleach, odoban, kennel klean, shampoos, etc) and lots of dogs. About three weeks ago, I got ringworm on my arm from the new kennel cat, and when I thought I had it beat, it came back. Over the course of trying to keep this from spreading to the dogs I work with, I've used gauze/adhesive tape, bandaids, etc. to cover it.

This is what I have to go through because of it:
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I need ideas for sterile, waterproof covering for this area. It LOOKS gone, but I'm continuing the treatment for another week to make sure it is completely gone. I am tired of dealing with the irritation, the itchiness, the welts, and the pain of pulling bandaids off the irritated skin to reapply the lotrimin.

I came to you guys for help because I would love a crafty way of saving my sensitive skin. The area in question is my forearm/wrist area. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2007 08:11:02 PM »

I'm also allergic to Band-Aids.But sometimes if I use the sensitive skin bandage tape it doesn't blister me.As far as for the ringworm here in Louisiana they put cigar ashes on it or gentine violet (SP?) *which you can get at most drug stores*
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2007 09:24:31 PM »

I am also allergic to adhesives and a few years ago I had surgery on my foot and had a wicked reaction to all the bandaging they put on my foot. To alleviate the problem my doctor jury rigged an all cotton cover for my gauze, to hold it in place. It was a quilted cotton square that he put 2 small velcro dots inside of , towards the middle. These dots held the large gauze pad in place and  we laced the quilted pad over it to keep it away from tape. I could tape it with paper tape, but I preferred lacing it up-looked cooler, You could probably make a wrist/forearm cuff similar to this. The really good part is because they are made of cotton, they are washable! You could probably buy a quilted fabric placemat and alter it to fit your wrist and arm.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2007 06:57:31 AM »

Thanks for the ideas ^^ I'll have to try that.
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2007 09:21:57 AM »

We sometimes use paper tape in the hospital for patients who are allergic to adhesives.  The *best* thing we use, though, is tubular mesh bandages for situations like yours.  They work great.  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2007 08:45:40 AM »

there is this stretchy bandage that sticks to itself strong, no tapes or adhesive needed. you just put on a piece of gauze then this stuff. its like elastic cloth almost, but its not 100% waterproof. theyre called Co-Flex Bandages at places like cvs.....
 
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2007 09:11:00 AM »

If you know some one that knits they could make a knitted tube of wool that you could put over a sterile wrap bandage
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2007 07:25:02 PM »

Are you having a reaction to the adhesive or  latex ?  I thought I was allergic to band-aid "glue" until I saw a warning on the packaging about latex.  Now I'm not  sure what I'm having a reaction to.

I don't know if this would work for your situation but they cover casts with plastic bags to help keep them from getting wet.  Maybe put a gauze pad over the affective site then put plastic wrap over it and tape it at the top and bottom on the plastic.
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