Unfortunately, I’m no help here! Liam has gotten used to his PODs and doesn’t ever complain of anything POD related…rashes, itching, etc., We use nothing at the moment (or in the recent past that I can recall).
This explains the Flonase skin trick that I used to use for pods. It helped a lot at the time.
12 hour Claritin D every other day has been holding the itching and welts at bay for me. If I go too many days without it, my quarter sized pod welts come back with a vengeance. I don’t know how much of my issue is caused by my locale: Ohio River Valley, where we all end up allergic to air…and everything else.
And I apply hydrocortisone to every pod area immediately upon removal. Otherwise my skin scales up and I can’t use it for quite a while until it heals.
Do you ever use Flexafix tape? I reinforce my Dexcom sensors with that tape, and the tape adhesive doesn’t bother me. That could make a good base layer under the pod.
I try not to take any more medicine than necessary, either, but at the same time…all of diabetes care is trial and error and no one REALLY knows why something works or why it doesn’t…we just have best guesses based on empirical observation…so if I find something that works, I do it. I certainly understand wanting mechanical solutions first. But I don’t fault doctors for recommending solutions out of the box. It’s kind of refreshing, in some ways.
Claritin D also helps to prevent my MASSIVE nosebleeds all through the winter months when the furnace is going a lot. That plus a humidifier seems to fix my nosebleeds…and it helps my pod welts. So I go with it. And I recommend it as an option for others.
Nothing to be appalled at for my allergy medication. Look up angioedema, that’s what I had. Nothing to do with Dexcom or pods but it would always hit while sleeping and almost got me to the ER a few times. I went to an allergist who basically said antihistamines won’t hurt me and are a reasonable preventative. So I take generic Allegra every morning and Zyrtec every night and have not had a single flare up since.
What I meant to say was that taking meds to deal with the Dexcom adhesive problem seems unnecessary when a barrier bandage stops the problem without exposing the wearer to the substance in Dexcom’s latest adhesive that triggers the allergic reaction. You had a different problem where you could not easily avoid the trigger, so I agree that meds are required.
A shout-out and thanks to @T1Allison for the Flonase suggestion! I tried it and the pod felt great all the way through the 3 days.
The itching is random, so I will need to try several more pods before I know that it works. But so far it’s been much better.
This solution - and the entire way the information was shared - really encapsulates the FUD experience.
Allison was a total stranger to me a few years ago. Now we are great friends. (Great enough that I would let her lock me in the trunk of her car without any complaints.) I had a problem and sought an answer. And she told me to try nasal medication on the pod site, because that is what she had tried. And since we are fast friends, of course I did it. And it worked!
Where else but on this great forum would something like that happen!
If mine itch its usually after day or two. I do an IV prep wipe before putting the pod on and if the skin is itchy afterward treat with some hydrocortisone cream. IDK if its great to use a lot of hydrocortisone so I avoid that unless its really bad.