Dexcom adhesive sensitivity SOLUTION!

I have found a product to eliminate rashes caused by the tape that Dexcom is now using. It’s a pre-cut UNDERLAY Patch that eliminates any contact from Dexcoms sensor adhesive tape to your skin. Search for “Stick2Hope” White underlay patch. They’re very inexpensive & can be ordered in qty’s from 5-100. They spec them outlasting the 10 day duration & are waterproof. They come in all colors pattern styles. I was UNABLE to find these on Amazon after an exhaustive search. These are a complete game changer for me.

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Thanks Ron, are these better or easier to use than a Tegaderm? I know a number of people use those for the same reason. Welcome to FUD!

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@ron, is Stick2Hope your site?

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No it’s not, I just came across it while searching for a Dexcom alternative because I get an extreme allergic reaction to the tape they’re now using. I really liked the Dexcom unit but I don’t want to keep messing w/ trying to secure the sensors on my body w/ out their tape. This is a perfect solution. Were you able to find the underlay patches for the Dexcom G6? Let me know if you couldn’t find the site & I’ll forward you their link. Lmk -RD

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I’ve tried a number of tapes and spent many hours on the phone w/ Dexcom tech support regarding this problem. There’s nothing similar to this product on Amazon either. This underlay patch eliminates all the time and energy needed to customize something to the sensors to address this problem. You put it on first then stick the sensor atop of it like you normally would. Easy Peasy.

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Hi, Ron, welcome to FUD!

This problem has been around for a while and we had an earlier thread on it. Nobody suggested your patch, so you have added something new.

Here is my own solution, from the earlier thread. I found that Tegaderm was not enough, since my allergic reaction was as extreme as yours:
I just removed a G6 sensor after ten days (wow! full term) and the only skin indicator was a small red bump. I used the technique from the YouTube video described above, a 3M Nexcare waterproof Hydrocolloid pad in size 6XL (about 3x4" or 75mm x 100mm) and punched the hole with a 1/8" leather punch backed by a piece of wood. Covered the whole thing with a big patch of 4" Tegaderm to seal in the Dexcom adhesive. It was a great relief that it worked!

And here is more on how to put the patch on the sensor before putting the sensor on the skin:

I found the answer to how to apply the barrier film under a Dexcom patch: you punch a hole in the barrier film, then remove the sensor patch paper with the code number and apply the sensor patch to the back of the barrier. Then remove the paper protecting the barrier film’s sticky side and put it on and inject the wire. That way you can line up the holes exactly. A true genius posted a YouTube video of it back in 2018. Allergic To Dexcom Adhesive? Solution!!! - YouTube

I will try the patch you are recommending, but am hoping Dexcom will change their adhesive again for the G7.

Randy

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I hope this works for you because I’ve been searching for a remedy for months. This takes all of the b.s. application remedies (from Dexcom) associated with the g6 sensors away.

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I should fwd this info to Dexcom tech support to help others. What do you think?

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I would, they may not tell anyone about it, but at least you put the info out there.

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Here is a good video with other great tips on Dexcom.

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I think you should send it in to Dexcom, if you can find an address for them. I sent it on paper to their London office in October of 2020 because it was their only published Tech Support address, and there was no email that I could find. The Youtube video is several years old and they still don’t pass that technique along to those of us suffering from the rotten adhesive.

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In the US we have:

but it’s all SM type stuff, though there is a big button there for “overpatches” (sort-of the opposite problem :wink:

In the UK I don’t know; there’s maybe slightly less distinction between tech and customer support in the UK, but in my previous experiences (admittedly 40 years ago) neither worked.

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Update on the Stick2Hope Underlay Patches: I’ve had the patch on w/ a Dexcom Sensor on top for 15 Days!! I just removed the sensor & the underlay patch. There was no rash what so ever, it was even difficult to see where I had originally positioned it. SUCCESS!!

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Ron as a new user I don’t think you can post pictures yet, but if you are interested in that, just let me know and I can get the posted for you.

That’s okay (unless someone really needs to see what they actually look like). I added a post w/ step by step instructions to get to the site & see a picture & description of them. Thanks for the concern though. I just ordered another 20 pack of these and even called Dexcom tech support to let them know about these. Hopefully they’ll put them at the top of their solutions offered. I’m not holding my breath though, ha! Ron

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