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Plasters and atopic dermatitis

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by zuzinka, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. zuzinka

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    My daughter 6 (T1 for 3 years) was just diagnosed with atopic dermatitis. Her skin itches most of the time and now since summer is coming its getting worse.

    She is wearing pump and sensor from diagnosis. Pump is not that of a problem but sensor is nightmare. Today she pulled 3rd in 3 days. We have Medtronic, using mostly buttock or upper legs. When I place it without any plasters it comes out very fast, but when I plaster it with anything, it itches especially when she plays and start sweating and then she scratches the site until it goes out.

    I have tried all the plaster available in the market, I have tried also Cavilon spray, which suppose to give barrier so plasters are not in contacts.

    I don't know what to do anymore. Without sensor - NO WAY.
     
  2. emm142

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    Have you tried Hypafix? Just wanted to check, because my skin breaks into a rash very easily and although it sometimes looks a little irritated after wearing Hypafix, it's nothing like with any other tape I've tried. I think Hypafix is the same tape that they use on pump sites.
     
  3. zuzinka

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    yes we have, it worked for a while but then same like all the others
     
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    I was going to suggest Hypafix too. I wish I had other suggestions. I hope you find something that is bearable for her.
     
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    Isaac has dermatitis and eczema, too. What we've found is that we have to rotate all the things we use to try and keep the skin from breaking out too much and creating too much of a sensitivity. Between rotations we use aquaphor or lansinoh (weird I know!) When he has baths we use oatmeal to help heal and soothe the skin. As for sites we change them every two days and rotate the sites a lot. When we use the CGM we can't go over a week without any trouble, and even that is sometimes extra rough on his skin.
    So, my suggestion is more palliative - try and heal the skin, rotate the skin prep you use, rotate the tape you use and when you can (even if for a few hours) give her skin a break.
    I hope something helps, it is no fun to remove a site and see a raised sore spot on their skin, nor to have to keep doing the CGM just due to irritation.
    HTH
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    Would it be possible to switch to another CGM? I know that the Navigator is still for sale in some parts of Europe and Asia, although not in the US. The minimed sensors irritated my skin and caused me pain far far more than the Dexcom sensors (although other users have the opposite experience).
     
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    thaks a lot for trying to help.
    With regards to rotating the plasters, I have thought of that and sometimes have done it, so must try it again.
    And with swathing sensors. I not think its the sensor, because main itching comes from plasters i cover it to keep it stable.
    But not bad idea as well
     
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    Switching to Dexcom sensors, because of the shape of the sensor, let me stop using additional adhesives to keep the sensors on. That was also good for my skin.
    But if the plasters (bandaids to me) are the main source of skin irritation, can you try the sensors without them? My impression with minimed sensors was that without additional adhesives they would not last as long but they would still work for some time- and perhaps that would be worthwhile if that allows the skin to stay usable for longer.
     
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    I have tried that as well. Second sensor this week, i have not plastered and she scratched it and pulled it after 4 hours. So did not really lasted:(((((

    I am really getting a bit desperate, since I don't know what to do really and summer and sweating is only arriving
     
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    It sounds like your little one has very sensitive skin. I have found only one type of transparent dressing that I do not have an allergy to... It is called Kendall Polyskin II, it's moisture vapor permeable. So it lets the sweat evaporate. It is quite a bit more expensive than the other over dressings. I don't use it anymore as the barrier products have worked for me. There are a few different barrier product available, the one I am currently using is called skin gel protective dressing wipe made by Hollister (7917). Is it possible that your child is sensitive to the alcohol in these products. If so try not using alcohol and just washing well with soap and water. Another hint I recieved from someone was to use a spray on anti-perspirant to stop the sweating and possibly stopping the reaction between skin and adhesive in the dressing. Keep trying, you will find what works for you.
    Darlene
     
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    I am again desperate again with plasters and summer.
    This weekend I have used 4 sensors and don't know what to do. We have tried all of the possible plasters, creams, sprays under.... everything. I have now even started her on Zyrtec to maybe reduce the itching, but no, today another sensor has gone. Can anyone suggest anything? Even if its out of ordinary. We need sensor, because she goes fast up and down and does not feel hypos or hyper. Thanks to all in a advance

    Morisse thanks a lot for Polyskin, we ordered it but she has got pretty big allergy from it. So this one is out as well
     
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    one more thing I remember,
    I have seen once one video on you tube of a bit older girl showing how to insert pump or sensor. I remember she has placed some kind of plaster on the skin before inserting the sensor. Does anyone knows what it was?
     
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    One thing that works for me is Desenex the foot powder for athlete's foot. It keeps the area dry and keeps me from itching. I have tried others things but nothing worked as good as that. But I only use the sprinkle form of Desenex and not the spray on form. Any other thing causes me to break out in a rash.
    Also could she be allergic to Latex? That might be another contributor. But it is just a thought. The itching must be pretty intense, poor baby.
     
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    I have a daughter (nonD) with terrible allergies that make her rashy and itchy all the time. The rash progresses to bleeding sores when she is exposed to certain things that she is VERY allergic to.

    She works in a restaurant and the sanitizer they use for cleaning is awful for her skin. My husband bought her this (http://www.glovesinabottle.com/) to rub into her skin at work. It is AMAZING how good her skin looks compared to before! It provides a barrier that doesn't allow the allergen to come in contact with the skin. I worried she would become allergic to the lotion because she is allergic to so very many things. It has been several months and she still uses it successfully.

    My son with diabetes seems to be developing allergies just like his sister and I am planning to try this product under the tape if he ever develops an allergy.
     
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    Thank you both,

    I am already so desperate, so I am going to try and find both of the products and try it
     
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    You could also try spraying area with a cortaid spray prior to doing anything else. We use cortaid spray, then cavilion barrier wipe, then Tegaderm HP, then his pod because of allergy to adhesive.
    Through skin testing, it was found that my son is allergic to colophony which is used in products to make things sticky from the sap of trees...which he is also allergic to all trees....go figure!!!
     
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    thanks a lot again, will try.
     

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