I am highly allergic to the adhesive in just about anything and have had the reaction that you're describing when they took the Tegaderm patch off of my port. I was itching so badly and starting to carefully snip off the edges thinking that the problem was just my skin being 'pinched' or something. When they finally took it off (I made them do it early and replace it thinking that was the problem), my skin was blistered, red and oozing yellow liquid all over the place. Besides hating the pump, this reaction was a huge factor in my decision to change to Xeloda. We tried all different brands, including all the hypoallergenic ones and the only thing, outside of paper tape, that it appears that I can tolerate is a brand called MeFix. They have tape but a dressing as well. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be a brand that is widely used, at least by hospitals, etc., so sometimes that can be an issue for me. I have no idea if the Fentanyl patches have different adhesives on them (generic brands, etc.) but it is worth asking about.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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