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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Just found out why I get hives from the medical adhesives and why the stitches are infected...both contain gluten. Anyone else have this issue? I was so fed up this the stitches and the swelling I removed them myself after Dr. refused. He laughed wen I asked about gluten being in the supplies for the procedure.

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I developed a terrible case of systemic hives from paper tape used to seal the incision for a breast biopsy. There was masses of it and I had to leave it on and I thought I was going to go mad. Never had paper tape since :ph34r:

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Just found out why I get hives from the medical adhesives and why the stitches are infected...both contain gluten. Anyone else have this issue? I was so fed up this the stitches and the swelling I removed them myself after Dr. refused. He laughed wen I asked about gluten being in the supplies for the procedure.

Never heard of that, do you have a reference for that?

I always had a reaction to regular medical tape (rash, itchy, swelling) but not to paper tape or to stitches (that I know of).

Thanks B)

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I had severe reactions while in the hospital about to give birth - from medical tape on my hand, arm and shoulder. They would tape an IV to my arm and OMG OMG.. I cannot begin to tell you the reactions I had. Suffice it to say - My shoulder (I am so not kidding) turned black, blue and green. It stayed that way for.. let me check if it's still there.. It seems to be gone, but it stayed that way for at least about a year. The tape gave me horrible blisters. It started hurting immediately when it was put on and finally some wonderful nurse gave me a different kind of tape.

The kind I reacted to was clear and thin and "plasticky" in nature. You could kind of see the threads in it, that made it up.

UGH ........ that was horrible.

Thankfully for my second pregnancy, when I started having a reaction, I ripped it off right away and the nurses were much better and rushed to get me different stuff.

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oh and anytime I get stitiches, they end up getting inflamed, swollen and itchy and I end up taking them out myself.

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Hmmm... I haven't had stitches for many years. But I do react badly to tape and bandages as does my dad. Neither of us have gluten issues though AFAIK.

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My wife the nurse assures me that this sort of reaction to adhesive bandages is not uncommon whether you have celiac or not. It almost certainly has nothing to do with gluten.

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I have no personal experience, but a Celiac friend of mine had surgery and her gluten-containing stitches set off a systemic reaction and completely inflammed her body, so much so, that she was put of predisone for one month. She never recovered well from that surgery and the subsequent health issues, and just had to have another surgery. Poor thing has been through so much. I hope everyone reading this remembers it and inquires about stitches going forward.

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I have no personal experience, but a Celiac friend of mine had surgery and her gluten-containing stitches set off a systemic reaction and completely inflammed her body, so much so, that she was put of predisone for one month. She never recovered well from that surgery and the subsequent health issues, and just had to have another surgery. Poor thing has been through so much. I hope everyone reading this remembers it and inquires about stitches going forward.

Does anyone have a reference as to where/how/what on the gluten containing stitches? I have never heard of this and have had no luck searching the web for this information? How does one find out if stitches contain gluten?

Thanks! :D

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I'd also like specifics on gluten in stitches. Never heard of it. Maybe the kind that dissolve on their own?

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I had severe reactions while in the hospital about to give birth - from medical tape on my hand, arm and shoulder. They would tape an IV to my arm and OMG OMG.. I cannot begin to tell you the reactions I had. Suffice it to say - My shoulder (I am so not kidding) turned black, blue and green. It stayed that way for.. let me check if it's still there.. It seems to be gone, but it stayed that way for at least about a year. The tape gave me horrible blisters. It started hurting immediately when it was put on and finally some wonderful nurse gave me a different kind of tape.

The kind I reacted to was clear and thin and "plasticky" in nature. You could kind of see the threads in it, that made it up.

UGH ........ that was horrible.

Thankfully for my second pregnancy, when I started having a reaction, I ripped it off right away and the nurses were much better and rushed to get me different stuff.

3m makes a tape like that. I use it a lot of the time.

Try finding out you are allergic to it when you had a mole removel gone wrong (doctor at the time took stitches out a week early (there were 6) and poping open in the middle of class), having to try to seal it with butterfly tape and being told to keep it bandaged and at the same time finding out you're allergic to neosporin (tested on a diffrerent injury to make sure). It hurt/itched/hurt so bad >< i would not wish that upon anyone.

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