Question on adhesive for CGM
I am new here.
I am in the process of seeing a CGM will be covered by insurance. In talking with the company Dexcom I asked about the adjesive. I have not an allergy but sensitivity to adhesives. They gave me a very lame answer!
On this post CGM Sites and Activities CManton mentioned some items to help with the adhesive but I am wondering if it will help with the rash that can develop.
I am still on the fence about getting the CGM. I barely sleep at all and when I had a temporary on for a week when first diagnoses it was so uncomfortable to wear at night I kept waking up.
Here is a strategy you might give a try:
The main part of it is putting a ToughPad between your skin and the Dexcom adhesive. I haven’t tried it, but I’ve seen several people say it works for them.
You also might want to check this out, as it’s the same person talking about strategies to help the adhesive last if you try the ToughPad approach:
The method that I have found to work the best is this;
Sensicare spray skin barrier, then Skintac adhesive, then apply the sensor. I usually get at least two weeks out a sensor sometimes 3.
I have an adhesive sensitivity, too, but didn’t realize it until I needed to wear a bandage for several weeks 2 years ago. The Minimed cannula never affected me poorly, and I’ve been wearing one for 17 years. I attribute the lack of dermatitis to using the Smith and Nephew skin preps. I use them for any adhesive I need to use, bandaids to cgms sticky pads.