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Help! Itchy Dex tape

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by goochgirl, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. goochgirl

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    Yossi scratched off his sensor yesterday after only 2 days. The tape really seems to bother him. I'm concerned that he may have an allergy to it, although I haven't seen any physical reaction other than itching. Now that we are back up and running on Dexie, I don't want to have to live without it. Does anyone have suggestions???

    Oh, its on his arm. I thought we might try his tummy to see if its less bothersome, but I don't have the guts to do it. I've never injected him there before.
     
  2. Tricia22

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    Try a bariier wipe, try no alcohol but just a good cleaning with soap and water beforehand, try with alcohol if you are now doing just soap and water, or... Benadryl SPRAY, spray site, let dry completely, proceed as usual...
    Also, cortisone creams after removal will help clear up any nasties from when the site was on...
     
  3. TheFormerLantusFiend

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    One thing I've done is take a cold bath before putting on a CGMS site, try to make sure there is no sweat there at all.
     
  4. Flutterby

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    Kaylee was having major reactions to the tapes used for sensors. We went and saw an allergist. She says there are no 'true' allergies to adhesives, they irritate, but there is no allergy. We had used every tape we could think of, Kaylee's skin was breaking out, welting and bleeding, it was horrible.. and it stayed that way after we took the sensor and tapes off.. The allergist helped so much.. now, we have NO problems.. this is what we do now, its a little different because she's using MM, so we need tape, where dexcom has tape attached..

    We use EMLA, when ready, we wipe off the ELMA, use remover to get any adhesive residue off, wash with soap and water, clean with alcohol, insert sensor, use paper tape to keep sensor in place, I get tough pads to put under the transmitter area.. 1 tough pad I cut into quarters (they are expensive!!), I attach the sensor and put a large piece of HYPAFIX over the entire area.. when its time to remove it I soak the Hypafix with remover, pull off the sensor, transmitter, tapes and tough pad, take another remover and wash the entire area, wash with soap and water, dry and then use cortizone cream over the entire site, then start the process on the other arm.. we use the sensors for 7 days.. before we'd have to give the arm the full 7 days to heal and sometimes it wouldn't even be healed all the way. Now, its amazing, you can't even tell there was a sensor there.. the holes where the sensor actually goes is barely there.. before it was a big, nasty, round, icky circle.

    I think the biggest things for us, that made the most improvements are 1, the hypafix tape, its more like a site tape than a plasticy type tape.. the cortizone cream and the remover.. making sure all that adhesive is off the skin.

    With the dex you could put down the hypafix and shoot through it, or cut a small hole in the center and aim for that.. so the tape is under the sensor, protecting his skin from the other tape. Also, as soon as we notice the tape starting to peal, we change it out because that will cause itching.. We don't see it a lot with the hypafix, but days where she's outside a lot or swimming definitely cause it to start to peel faster.
     
  5. MikailasMom

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    Can I ask what hypafix is? We put Tagderm over dex sites when they start to peel and we have a "good" sensor going..but it gets red and itchy and a little swollen soon after..maybe this would help us too?

    Great post! Thanks!
     
  6. ecs1516

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    My younger son has horrible allergy to the Dexcom tape. I took him to a dermatologist but nothing they could give him helped. After wearing the Dexcom for 5 days it would be red , weeping skin underneath. Very itchy. They told me that this was a tape allergy. He can wears all other kinds of tape no problem. This is not just being itchy from loose tape. He can have that too. But that goes away. This is red skin , almost looks burned skin takes over three weeks before it goes away where you can not see it. I have tried all types of barrier wipes, using barrier tapes underneath, it would go right through. The only things I have found to help is using J&J Tough Pads under the Dexcom with a hole punched out. But, I think I have discovered something that is cheaper and seems to work better for us. I use two layers of IV3000 with a cut oval of kitchen wax paper between those layers. (I have tried just two layers IV3000 and that did nothing) I then put the dexcom on the two layers of IV3000 with the wax paper in between. I have to punch holes in these first.

    PM' me and I can give you more detailed instruction. We are on day 6 and doing well.

    I feel your pain
     
  7. Lorraine

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    Oh. My. Goodness.

    The pains we will take to give our kids the best medical care we can. We too have this issue with the DexCom tape (no other tape, even IV3000 is fine UNLESS it's under DexCom. Caleb had been using it for months without any issues and then BAM - his skin looks so awful and it all starts with the "itch".

    We have tried several wipes and recently started using Bards which is an improvement, but not a solution. I will try some of these suggestions - and that wax paper idea - wow - I applaud your ingenuity. Thank you all for sharing how you've been able to solve this problem.

    Now, here's my question - DexCom - are you listening? Please, please, please, consider changing your adhesive. We love what DexCom does for Caleb's D management, but it should not be at the expense of his skin. This is not an isolated incident. Many people are having this problem. I hear it more and more. We don't want to stop using your product. Bring us back to the days when applying and using DexCom was joyous - not a time of dread and wait and watch and maintenance to see what will happen to our children's skin and do our best to minimize the damage.
     
  8. ecs1516

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    I have also mentioned to Dexcom to pass along a suggestion to make the sensors in two different tape options. Never know if that info is passed along. What is it with their tape. We have no problems with others. You mentioned that you don't have problems with IV3000 unless under Dex. Maybe it is like us that the Dexcom tape stuff goes through the IV3000 because it is breathable?
    My son also used the Dexcom about a month before the allergy happened. The derm said you allergy levels just keep building up like food allergies until your body can't take it anymore.

    Just took the Dexcom sensor off(day 7) with the wax paper between the IV3000. He looks pretty good. Skin white except at the center 'circle' where the sensor goes in. Strange but the back of the IV3000, it looks like the wax paper shifted or moved at some point. But , it must have been long enough to stop or absorb the Dexcom glue?

    Also, I have heard it mentioned that taking something like Claritin or Zrytec might help. My son is not taking that now.
     
  9. goochgirl

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    What a great idea!!! Thank you for the suggestion. I'll try that today. I dread going another day this summer without our Dex. On one hand, its great that most of his numbers are in range for most of the day. On the other hand, he drops so quickly, we have caught some scary lows.
     
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    The Tough Pad was easier to use than the wax paper. You might want to try that first.

    I just wish Dexcom would give us another tape option. Would it helped if we all called or wrote a letter? Are they getting the feedback?
     
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    Someone else mentioned Hypafix. I bought mine from Publix pharmacy special order. About 15 dollars for a box. It would not block the Dexcom tape for us but we use it sometimes to tape down edges for my older son. It is a white Dex looking tape.
     
  12. Flutterby

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    Hypafix is a tape that comes on a roll, but its more cloth like, like the site tapes. you can get it wherever you get other tapes.
     
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    Okay, just wanted to comment after a tiny bit of cortizone a tiny bit of neosporin where the sensor goes in he is looking better fast. He wasn't bad after this wax paper test but not 'perfect' . No red oozing skin and hey that is a plus! My next experiment... I am trying Glad Press n'Seal instead of the wax paper. The wax paper seems to move or shift in between the IV3000 layers. But, we did go swimming once day. I will update on the results in the CGM forum. Also, when the IV3000 is a little loose at the pool I used Walgreens Clear circle bandaids. Those really hold better than any tape I have used. Still stick days later on day 7(today). Wish I could buy that clear tape in rolls. No allergy either.
     
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    Thanks! We will try this!
     
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    We are having the same problem with the tape. Ok let me see if I have this right. The tough pad and the hypafix can be used under the site. I would take either of them place it where I am going to put the sensor and either cut a piece out or shoot through it. The dex tape then adheres to the tough pad or the hypafix. The irritating dex tape then sits on one of these instead of on the skin? Does the tough pad and the hypafix hold well onto the skin? Just making sure I have this right before I buy it and mess anything up! Any of the two better?
     
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    I have never used Hypafix under the Dexcom. Only to tape down edges. It looks 'see through' like white mesh tape so I thought it would not help me.
    I have used the Tough Pad . I don't think you could shoot through a Tough Pad. It would bend the sensor. Very thick. I use a hole punch to make a hole.
     
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    We used to use Opsite Flexifix over all Dex sites (with a hole cut in the middle so it was just covering the tape and not the transmitter. When it started getting hot in late spring, Logan scratched off 2 sensors in a matter of days. So we got the hypafix and started using it. One thing I did notice is that it seems to be teh same material that the Dex tape is. AND, it does not really stick well to the Dex tape. It sticks fine to the skin, but it seems lose over the the tape portion sensor. Since we use an old sensor to cut the template for a new hole, it hasn't been an issue for us as even if it doesn't stick to the tape well, it helps hold down the edges. When it gets wet it is much easier to remove and we even changed the hypafix after day 7+ a few times and kept going. With the Opsite if you peeled it off, the sensor came off with it.

    Lately though (since we moved) I have just been putting the sensors on with no covering. Yes, after day 10 or so we start to see some peeling and it can get ugly, but we haven't lost one yet (knock wood). I was doing the covering as a precaution so we wouldn't lose sensors early (since you know how rough a little guy can be!)

    I for one would not want Dex to change their tape. It holds great on it's own with no covering needed. If they can offer different tapes that is ok, but I don't want to lose what they currently have because it works well for us (for now at least)
     
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    I agree, I don't want them to change the tape! Just add it in two options. My older son wears the Dex and the tape works wonderful on him. If they changed it to another tape, more than likely it would not agree with some people. If they had two types you could buy that might solve some people's problem.
     

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