Does anyone here have problems with being allergic/sensitive to the adhesive on infusion sets? They get itchy for me after 1-2 days and if I ignore it and leave them in for three, there's always a big bright red, raised, extremely itchy welt where the cannula was that itches for a day or two even after the set is gone. I've tried putting down Tegaderm and IV3000 underneath as a barrier and that definitely helps in that there's no giant red welt, but the area underneath still gets itchy and tonight when I changed sites (after two days, because I couldn't stop trying to scratch it) I had a rash underneath the entire area the Tegaderm covered.
It doesn't seem to bother me all the time, but maybe is now because I'm trying not to take an antihistamine every day unless I have to. I hate taking that stuff every day unless my allergies are affecting my ability to function. I have multiple indoor and outdoor allergies so they last all year, but it's still worse in the spring/fall than it is in the summer and winter. I do wonder if it might be part of the reason why I seem to have so much trouble keeping stable blood sugars sometimes (I mean the infusion set itchiness, although when my allergies are acting up badly it definitely affects my blood sugar, too).
Any other suggestions? If I put Benadryl cream on the outside of the adhesive when it gets itchy, would it help? Is there anything I can put down under the set that won't cause irritation? Is there any way to tell whether my problem is with the cannula material itself versus just the adhesive, besides ordering some needle sets? Unfortunately, I would rather not use needle sets unless absolutely necessary because from what I can tell they only come with the short tubing, which I can't use since (due to my visual impairment) I need to be able to get the pump to reach right up to my face so I can see it.