How To Remove Medical Adhesive

Whether you got a big sticky bandaid after a blood test or you wear a medical device like a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device, Holter heart monitor, wearable insulin pump, chemo port or colostomy bag…you know how tough medical adhesive is! It is super sticky and lasts for what seems like forever…supernaturally collecting all manner of stray hairs, lint and fuzz until it has turned into a weird furry patch. The adhesive is very hard to remove without scratching, abrading and damaging the underlying skin. Here’s how to remove it without damaging your delicate skin:

Step 1: before a shower, gently apply a gob of hair conditioner to the adhesive, thickly covering all the adhesive.

Step 2: During the shower, allow the conditioner to wash away on its own without rubbing.

Step 3: Some of the adhesive will dissolve in the shower, some will be left on your skin. Gently towel dry, gently dabbing the area with the adhesive.

Step 4: Gently rub the remaining adhesive with your fingers. The remaining adhesive will roll into little balls and fall off, leaving you with soft, smooth, bare skin.


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