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I've just started it, I'm on my third sensor.
I sweat a lot and my sensor adhesive usually starts to break down after two days of activity. I like to use the hot tub too, and that breaks it down even more. I haven't taken it surfing, but I can only imagine...
Does anyone have tips on how to extend the life of the adhesive? I was thinking of using New-Skin liquid bandage and applying it around the perimeter of the sensor. Any adice is always appreciated!
I got it from
American Diabetes Wholesale
2501 NW 34th Place, Suite 35, Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Torbot Skin Tac H Liquid Adhesive MS407 - 4 oz.
Between riding an excercise bike, living in Texas, scuba diving and water skiing Ive tried to find stuff to keep both infusion sets and the Sensor attached for as long as possible. Ive used Mastisol but its expensive and not very easy to work with and not as good an adhesive as Skin Tac - it comes in a bottle. For times when I need less adhesion I use skin prep.
Either way the process is the same - I draw a circle on my arm where im going to put the sensor - thats the area that gets NO glue. I apply the skin tac about 2" around that circle. Then insert the sensor then attache the transmitter and then cover the whole thing with a strip of hypafix. Ive been able to keep some sensors on for more than 2 weeks.
I have used the skin prep for first time ( since Jan 2011) and that approach does bear rewards. I will continue down this path as well.
I found that my Dex was always falling off on day 5. I bought SkinTac swabs from the Animas website store and they have worked like a charm. I have to use adhesive remover to get the sensor off. I first tried skin prep and IV prep but those didn't make much difference at all for me. I'm sticking to the SkinTac (no pun intended).