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    Default Dexcom tape allergy - ?workable dressings to protect skin

    Hi, Ben has developed allergy to Dexcom tape. Other than tough pads (do not ship here, am working on it) what alternative dressings work for your children and do you cut out a hole for the sensor?
    Thank you
    Sue
    Sue, mum to Ben 13 now, diagnosed Sept 2011. MDI, Levimir and NR. Medtronic Veo CGM started June 2013 - started Dexcom April 2015, pumping since 21 Nov 2013, and older brother Jamie, 16 now

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    My skin just gets mildly irritated with Dexcom. I've found a thick layer of Skin Prep sufficient for me. That may be a good starting point, if you haven't already tried it.

    I like Opsite Flexifit over it. It would be very easy to try under it as well. I know people who go through toughpads insert directly through them, so with a thinner dressing you certainly could.
    Type 1 adult, pumper
    Animas Vibe with Humalog
    Dexcom G5

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    We use tough pad with our dexcom, and we insert directly through it, no problem.
    Mom to a sweet 14 year-old child, was diagnosed at age 10 on 12/4/13
    Started with Humalog and Lantus.
    Diagnosed with Celiac on 2/18/14
    OmniPod since 3/26/14
    Dexcom G4 since 4/11/14

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    If tough pads aren't an option, what about another hydrocolloid dressing like duoderm?
    Sarah T1 @ 20 (10/2000), Hashi's @ 24 (10/2004)
    mom to 3 non-D kids (9, 11, & 16)
    currently running Loop with Humalog and Dexcom G5 since 7/2016 because #WeAreNotWaiting

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    You can get them shipped to South Africa via ebay. Even including shipping it is not much more expensive than buying them at a pharmacy in the US. It works out to about $2 each which is what I pay to get them at a local chain pharmacy. Here is one option that should get to you within 1-2 weeks.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Johnson-an...WDWY6#shpCntId
    Meg
    Young adult with diabetes
    Pancreatectomy 2/17/2003
    Pumping 2/19/2003, Currently w/ Omnipod
    Medtronic 2003-2015, tslim 2015-2016
    CGM: MM 2006-2013, Dexcom G4 2013-2015, Dexcom G5 09/2015

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    Meg you are a star, so preoccupied with ??? I forgot to look at ebay. Will order stat And thank you so much for the video. The hydrocolloid dressing we were using may just not work as is different to tough pad which many users are happy with. Thank you, thank you

    And I will investigate duoderm - does anyone use it successfully? also not readily available here but with friends like you lot, will make a plan, thank you
    Last edited by suej; 11-19-2015 at 04:18 AM.
    Sue, mum to Ben 13 now, diagnosed Sept 2011. MDI, Levimir and NR. Medtronic Veo CGM started June 2013 - started Dexcom April 2015, pumping since 21 Nov 2013, and older brother Jamie, 16 now

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