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Vol. 24 - Num. 96

Clinical Reviews

Therapeutic options for removing superglues from the skin

Julia del Rincón de la Villaa, Álvaro Baeta Ruiza, Elena Castilla Torrea, Sofía Valle Guillénb, Rafael Fernández Atuanc, Mireia del Roser Amiguet Biainb

aMIR-Pediatría. Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa. Zaragoza. España.
bServicio de Pediatría. Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa. Zaragoza. España.
cServicio de Cirugía Pediátrica. Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet. Zaragoza. España.

Correspondence: J del Rincón . E-mail:

Reference of this article: del Rincón de la Villa J, Baeta Ruiz A, Castilla Torre E, Valle Guillén S, Fernández Atuan R, Amiguet Biain MR. Therapeutic options for removing superglues from the skin . Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2022;24:409-12.

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Cyanoacrylate is an adhesive used as a component in most of “super glues”. It can cause thermal burns if in contact with wool or cotton fabric. Nevertheless, in contact with intact skin it can cause contact or allergic dermatitis, but no thermal burns have been described.

Clinical case: 8-year-old girl who had suffered an accidental fall of one of these glues directly on one of her hands and both lower extremities, and who had remained with the glue in contact with the skin for 3 hours. On examination we observed erythema on several regions underlying the glue, without blisters, wounds or bleeding. The glue was removed with warm water and detergent. No open wounds or burns were noticed.

Conclusions: There are different ways to remove adhesives from the skin. Choosing the correct therapeutic option is determined, among other factors, by the presence of skin lesions under the adhesive. The use of acetone is contraindicated in injured skin because it can worsen the irritation. The delay in the removal of the adhesive can influence the success of the treatment and the type of treatment to be applied.


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