What do you do for skin irritation from the adhesive? I have read that a lot of people put additional tape on their Dex to keep it on longer, but for me after about 2 days I am itching like mad from just the adhesive on the Dex itself! After a week, I HAVE to take off my sensor & move it because I can't stand the itching any longer! I usually end up with a huge red welt and a lump when the wire was inserted. This doesn't go away for about 2 days! I have tried not prepping the area with anything more than soaa & water (applying after a shower) & I have tried using alcohol pads. Both cases, I still end up with the itching. Any tips or advice would be appreciated!
I started day 14, this morning, with Flexfix under and over Dexie and two applications of Skin-Tac.
I had the same problems because of the need to add additional tape to the dexcom site. I found out about skin tac and not only does my skin not get irritated I don't need extra tape after a week. I can get a dex site to hold on for 14-16 days depending on my activity level. Its a barrier liquid that you apply to the skin where the tape goes only. Just remember not to apply it to the skin where the sensor is going to poke through your skin. If you order it get the small bottle as this stuff lasts a really long time. I just threw out my first bottle out after using it for 4 years.
I used to get bad reactions to my pump sets and started using IV Prep, with good results. I didn't try the sensor without it, but instructions say NOT to use this type of wipe under the sensor wire itself... so I wipe with alcohol, then make a circle around where the tape will go with the IV Prep... so far, no adverse reactions here! Just try not to set the tape over the center where you used just alcohol... it provides no barrier so you will get itchy there.
Bard's and Skin-Prep are the good ones for going directly on your skin, underneath the Dexcom pad. I use Skin Prep. But note:
"I.V. Prep" is not the same thing as "Skin Prep"!