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November 1946

ALLERGIC REACTION TO SCOTCH TAPE

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Montgomery, Ala.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1946;36(5):620. doi:10.1001/archopht.1946.00890210630007

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —In the February 1941 issue of the Archives is an article in the section on "Clinical Notes" entitled "A Better Adhesive Tape for Use After Surgical Treatment of the Eye." The author rightly states that Scotch tape is a preferable substitute for adhesive tape treated with zinc oxide in applying ophthalmic dressings. To further the use of this new tape in ophthalmic dressings, he emphasized the apparent freedom from allergic dermatitic reactions to Scotch tape even in patients experiencing cutaneous sensitivity to adhesive tape treated with zinc oxide.Recently, after some eight years of experience with Scotch tape and with similar tapes, I witnessed a severe allergic reaction following bandaging of both eyes. The weeping, edematous and hyperemic reaction become so extensive that dressings had to be removed and the much swollen face had to be treated as a burn. The eye which had been operated on

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