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Allergies and intolerances

Allergic plasters. But I need one every day.

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Oblomov · 21/05/2011 07:50

Wonder if anyone has any advice on what plasters I could wear. I have a new diabetic Medtronic sensor, that I wear for 6 days. Then the plaster is removed, sensor changed and a new one put in for another 6 days. So I am wearing a plaster 365 days.
I really think I need a plaster to protect it. I don't think I can do without one.
Diabetic websites only recommend IV3000 or Tagaderm.
Both of which I seem to be highly allergic to. Sometimes I am allergic to micropore, but other micropore's seem o.k. So I can't quite work out the logic of it.
Any advice ?

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purepurple · 21/05/2011 08:25

I too am allergic to all plasters but not mocropore. I avoid all plasters and use dressings instead.
Can you use a dressing or a bandage instead?

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Oblomov · 21/05/2011 08:31

I have put a picture on my profile.
I am not sure, but I THINK, that the plaster needs to be certian material, seethrough, in order that the pump can 'read' the sensor. So I don't think any old plaster would work. But I just don't know, to be honest.
I am in quite a bit of discomfort right now. And have had to remove the sensor. The skin is so sore I am not quite sure what to do.

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purepurple · 21/05/2011 08:40

Looks very sore. I am not sure what to suggest except to ask someone more knowledgable when you get the sensor changed. Surely, they must have come across this particular problem before; you can't be the only patient alergic to the plasters.

When did you become allergic to plasters? I developed an allergy to the fabric plasters first when I was about 5. I could only use the elastoplast type but went on to develop an allergy to those as well a few years later.

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Oblomov · 21/05/2011 09:31

Thank you purple.
I change the sensor myself every week. My diabetic pump specialist nurse did not know what to suggest. which doesn't bode well does it ? Hmm
Not sure when I realised I was allergic. don't have any problems with normal plasters. I think I first reaslised when I had my cs with ds1 7 years ago and they put a plaster on me that made me really itch, but I wasn't even sure what type it was. And never thought that much of it.
But now with my diabetic pump,and now this new sensor. That I have to wear every day. Its becoming a bit more of an issue.

No one seeems any the wiser at the hospital or on the diabetic websites. Not sure where to go next.

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heliumballoons · 21/05/2011 09:48

My DS also reacts to plasters - he cracked his chin open a few weeks ago and they put a plaster on that was clear. Its a smith and matthews OP site plaster. Worth a try?

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DaftApeth · 21/05/2011 09:54

I was going to suggest posting on a diabetes forum but it looks as though you have already done that.

I know nothing about diabetes, your treatment and have no medical training! Just a few thoughts but they may be wide of the mark!!

Having a quick google, it seems that some plasters only cause irritation when they have got wet. Does this happen with you? I wonder if changing it after getting wet might help?

Also, can you leave the plaster off long enough for the rash to completely clear up? I would have thought once the site has become sensitised, the irritation will just heighten, iyswim. Maybe giving it a chance to completely clear will enable you to start afresh.

Have you/ can you try hydrocortisone cream on the rash when you can remove the plaste for a while?

Do you need the plaster to keep the sensor in place, or just to protect it? Can you use something clear (cling film??) over a larger area then use micropore/plaster on another part of the arm to keep it in place?

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Oblomov · 21/05/2011 20:30

Thanks helium, have had a look at that one already.
Daft, I have put savlon on, only because I had nothing else, and it has calmed down alot, thank god. I change the site of the sensor every 6 days, so will put it on the left side of my tummy next. So the site will calm. I need plaster more to protect it rather thsan keep it in. Maybe the water from showers does make it worse. I wonder.
I do not currently have a sensor in. I should have. mainly because I am not sure waht plaster to put on it.
Will keep looking. And trying. Trial and error, I guess.

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tinytalker · 22/05/2011 12:43

That looks really sore Oblomov. Sorry I have no personal experience to help you. Have you come across this american site www.pumpwearinc.com/
They have a wealth of experience and may well be able to point you in the right direction.

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Oblomov · 22/05/2011 16:09

Thank you Tinytalker. I had not seen that site before. I am not sure they could help with this particular problem ! but I am enjouying perusing their site, they have some interesting stuff.

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