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Patch Irritation and Removal

Suggestions to Help with Patch Irritation and Removal

Many kids experience a rash or irritation from the adhesive tapes used with patches. Here are a few ideas to try if you experience this.

  • Apply an adhesive barrier before placing the patch on. The patch adheres to the film and not the skin.
  • Before applying the patch, use either Vitamin E – pierce the capsule and use the gel – or a liquid anti-acid (Mylanta or Milk of Magnesia) and apply a thin coat around the eye. Let it dry, and then put on the patch.
  • Before applying the patch, please put it on your arm or pant leg to degrade the adhesive strength so it will be less sticky.
  • If certain areas have sores, cut the adhesive around these areas if possible so they don’t stick there, but do it everywhere else.
  • Alternate turning the patch small side in toward the nose, then the next day, large size toward the nose if this keeps the adhesive from the area with the sores.
  • When removing the patch, try coating the outside with Vaseline, baby oil, Aquaphor, or diaper ointment for about 15 minutes before removing it to loosen the adhesive.

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