I wanna new tape, one that won’t itch!
One that won’t give me big, fat welts or make my skin twitch, twitch!
I wanna new tape, one that won’t give a rash!
Make it easy to wear my Dex, without the urge to “Hulk, Smash.”
(Channeling Huey Lewis and the News. Click it. You know you want to.)
I’ve been wearing a Dexcom on-and-off since 2006, but entirely ON and almost 24/7 since my pregnancy in 2010. There’s a lot about CGM use that I’ve learned over the last nine years, but one thing I’m certain of is that the data is useful for me all the time. I like the safety net it provides, particularly while I’m traveling. So I wear my CGM, even when I’m not always happy with the actual blood sugars that it’s showing. The data informs so many of my decisions.
But it’s tough to wear a medical device that you have an allergic reaction to.
In pursuit of CGM data and avoiding the stupid rash, I try out a number of different barrier tapes. One that was recommended a few months ago was Mepitac tape (I bought mine on Amazon – no, this is not an affiliate link but only because they don’t let Rhode Islanders do affiliate linking) and I have been using it successfully for a while now.
I thought it would be a good substitution for the ToughPad, but it wasn’t wide enough to put underneath the sensor itself, so I use the Mepitac as a secondary tape (you know, when the edges start to peel and you need to reinforce them). For a while, the Opsite Flexifix tape was giving me a red rash, so I wanted to move away from it and see if Mepitac was gentler.
It is. While the tape itself isn’t nearly as sticky or sturdy as the Opsite Flex, it has yet to leave a rash (and I’ve been using it for about three months). Unlike Opsite, the Mepitac tape can be removed and replaced without ripping up my sensor with it, which is useful for cleaning up my sites but not as good for durability. It also travels well, and I keep a few pieces of it in my wallet in case of tape emergencies. (I’ve also used it as a blister barrier for when shoes become unreasonable. Useful stuff.)
I like options. I’m glad there’s a less itchy one. [insert The more you know star here.]