I am new to TuDiabetes but I can already attest to the great information I found on here when making a decision to move forward with my OmniPod Pump! I have been on it for around 3 weeks now and I absolutely love it.
I wanted to throw out a question. I started using SkinTac wipes for adhesion almost immediately, as it helped me (and the pod) to feel more secure to the skin. However when I remove the pod, the site will flare up around 1-2 days later with little red spots. I'm aware that SkinTac is a hypoallergenic, non-latex product so I would be surprised that I would be having a reaction to it.
Please excuse the image, but I thought it would be best to share what this looks like exactly. This is from my left stomach, from a site I removed almost 8 days ago.
Has anyone else had a similar experience using SkinTac wipes?
The problem may have started when you removed the pod and some skin with it.The adhesive can cause friction burns when you peel it off. I have had infusion sets take small chunks of me with them and it can take weeks to heal. Try using a adhesive remover or stemming them off in the shower....slow and easy
Smith-Nephew Uni-Solve Adhesive Remover or nail polish remover with aloe.
Thanks for your responses folks :) I'll try a solvent first, and see what happens! Otherwise I may have to deduce that I am in fact allergic to something in the wipes.
I am allergic to the adhesive in the pods themselves, I decided to not buy one because of that. It turns out I'm allergic to the MM pump sets too but not so bad.
I use skintac and I have no trouble with it.
I have an involved deal to prevent all the trouble though.
First I clean the site with reg ol' Alcohol. Then I apply skintac. Then I cover the enire area with a Iv3000. Then connect my infusion set or Pod and poke directly through the Iv3000. you can skip the skintac if you think its causing trouble.
I find this combo is the best most secure and non allergenic way to deal with it, It just adds a few min when changing sets/pods. I have never had one come off this way and I don't get any redness at all even at the puncture site.
To remove I simply grab the corner of the Iv3000 and peel it up. Since erything else is conncted to it, it comes off nicely.