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> Infusion set & skin irritation
Evona
post Sep 22 2011, 10:04 PM
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I have the Medtronic Revel 723 and I use either the Silhouette or the Sure-T infusion sets. Basically I don't have much trouble with insertion or with the set staying put. Where my difficulty comes is when I remove the set. I'm careful as my skin seems to be really touchy about tape of any kind. After I remove the set I get these spectacular bruises that are very worthy of a little bit of sympathy if anyone saw them.

My question is does anyone have a suggestion what I could use on my skin after removing the set? You would think that someone had beat me up, but they haven't. Is this what happens to 'older people' - their skin gets really sensitive?


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calvic
post Sep 22 2011, 10:12 PM
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I sure think it is an age thing. I no my skin has got real thin and I get contact dematitus, dry skin et al.
I'm an aircraft mechanic and my hands have taken a beating but never bothered me so much as in the last few years!
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Liz
post Sep 22 2011, 10:26 PM
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QUOTE(Evona @ Sep 22 2011, 06:04 PM) *
I have the Medtronic Revel 723 and I use either the Silhouette or the Sure-T infusion sets. Basically I don't have much trouble with insertion or with the set staying put. Where my difficulty comes is when I remove the set. I'm careful as my skin seems to be really touchy about tape of any kind. After I remove the set I get these spectacular bruises that are very worthy of a little bit of sympathy if anyone saw them.

My question is does anyone have a suggestion what I could use on my skin after removing the set? You would think that someone had beat me up, but they haven't. Is this what happens to 'older people' - their skin gets really sensitive?


There are adhesive removers out there. You'd soak the infusion set adhesive with the remover for a minute and it should be easier to peel off. The only one I know the name of is Detachol, but I'm sure there are other similar products out there.

I don't get bruises from the sets but I know a number of older people whose skin will bruise from things you'd never think of. My mother is always covered in bruises and sometimes they look horrifying, but were actually the result of something minor.


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JohnG
post Sep 22 2011, 11:49 PM
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I use UNI-SOLVE #402300 (Smith&Nephew). My skin is very sensitive and sometimes the adhesive will remove a layer.
It can also help to take a hot shower before removing the infusion set.

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Evona
post Sep 23 2011, 01:39 PM
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I will look for some of these 'removers' and try them. It is way better than removing a layer of skin every two days, which doesn't feel so great. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)


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post Sep 23 2011, 02:10 PM
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QUOTE(Evona @ Sep 23 2011, 08:39 AM) *
I will look for some of these 'removers' and try them. It is way better than removing a layer of skin every two days, which doesn't feel so great. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)

I also forgot to mention that I always use skin prep under the infusion set...If I do not use a skin prep the adhesive causes friction burns.

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post Sep 23 2011, 04:53 PM
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JohnG - I'm learning another new thing from this forum. I tried the skin prep once or twice, but didn't know you were supposed to let it dry first.

Calvic - My husband, who isn't diabetic, is a machinist and constantly has his hands in and out of solvent which is hard on the skin. Before he goes to bed each evening he applies a product called "Bag Balm" to his hands. It is a bit greasy unless you work it in well. He says it helps him a lot. We found it in our local Walgreen's drug store. Sometimes you can find it in a farm supply store too as it is often used by farmers whose hands are also exposed to the elements all day long.


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post Sep 30 2011, 05:02 PM
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I've heard of Bag Balm, I'll give it a try. I'm retiring at years end so hands may get a break !!! Yea..... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/Celebrate 2.gif)
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