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A few months ago, he appeared to develop a serious allergy to the tape that secures the set to his skin. He has tried all of the suggestions and samples from MiniMed without success in stopping the rash, itching and general destruction of his skin. He is in the process of working with an allergist at a major university medical center to solve the problem. But, following extensive skin testing, he has not shown any allergies to the various kinds of tapes.
I am wondering if any other readers have had this problem and have suggestions. He loves the pump and has good control when he is wearing it. He is currently unable to wear it because of this problem.
Martha Dennis Christiansen
The following response was furnished by Terry Zierenberg, RN, CDE, education curriculum manager at Medtronic MiniMed.
Making a call to Clinical Services at Medtronic MiniMed is the right thing to do if you are challenged with infusion set, skin or site issues. Its representatives can be very helpful in providing you with suggestions and samples of tape and skin-prep products as well.
Although you may have tried my suggestions, I would like to review them with you once again just to be sure we have not missed anything.
These are just some of the tips available to help you successfully prevent or solve the most common problems experienced at the infusion site. "Tape Tips and Other Infusion Site Information" is available to you from Medtronic MiniMed by calling Clinical Services at (800) 826-2099.