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Freestyle Libre Poll - Have you had a skin reaction ?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Andy_P, May 25, 2015.

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Freestyle Libre - Have you had a skin reaction ?

  1. Yes

    48.1%
  2. No

    51.9%
  1. landyboy

    landyboy · Newbie

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    I've had the same problem with reactions. Had the first sensor last October and didn't have a problem until sensor number 5. This year I've not managed longer than 4 days without the skin blistering and sensor coming off. My arm is still marked from the last one in April.

    I have also been told positively that the glue hasn't changed but have had 3 others from the service team telling me it has changed!

    A great system when it works but four days at £50 is a no go for me.
     
  2. phoenix

    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    No reaction to libre,though I have only used it every couple of months.
    Would be interesting (but too expensive) to try it on my stomach because I have had reactions from both CGM and pump adhesives there.
     
  3. BeccyB

    BeccyB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been using it since November, with very few gaps between sensors and have never found a problem. It must be so frustrating for those of you that can't use it properly now :-(
     
  4. eileenk

    eileenk Type 1 · Newbie

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    Yes, I've had a reaction with sensors. First 2 were fine but last 2 left sore raised blistered looking skin. Now on sensor number 5. This time I sprayed Cavilon skin preparation on before applying sensor. So far so good but will post again when I get to the end of this sensor's life.
     
  5. AndyS

    AndyS Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Didn't have any issues for first 5 or 6 sensors. Last three have caused a reaction.

    Currently taking some antihistamines to see if that quietens it down a little.
     
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  6. nurseryboss

    nurseryboss Type 1 · Member

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    I would be interested to know if the antihistamines work. Perhaps you could name them and post results?
     
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  7. xAoifex

    xAoifex Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Any who's had a reaction please report it here.... https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/ (medical devices) if enough people report the problem it will force Abbott to do something about it.
     
  8. AndyS

    AndyS Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Just pulled most recent sensor off and I can say that while antihistamines did seem to have some minor effect all it seems to have done is reduced the severity of the reaction. Going to hold off on the next sensor for now.
     
  9. asyarlk

    asyarlk Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Just removed my sensor to find this... ImageUploadedByDCUK Forum1439568751.761001.jpg
     
  10. robcrowborough

    robcrowborough Type 1 · Newbie

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    Removed 8th sensor on 15th August and saw a reaction very similar to one photographed by asyarik. No reaction to sensors 1 - 6 but slight reaction seen after removing sensor 7. Doctor advised treating slight reaction with 1% hydrocortisone cream; it is improving. Intend to investigate use of Compeed plasters and/or Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film as ways of preventing or minimising the skin reaction. Have found Freestyle Libre glucose monitoring system helpful in lowering my HbA1c and don't want to have to give up using it because of the sensors' irritant adhesive.
     
  11. Debloubed

    Debloubed Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Just taken off my 6th sensor after 2 weeks of insane itching - now I know why! Skin is read raw. The sensor prior to this one left a red mark but this one is actually raw and bleeding. I have bought some of the spray recommended on this thread and have used that before setting up the new one. If this doesn't work I may have to stop using them which is not the result I was hoping for!! ImageUploadedByDCUK Forum1441039806.109041.jpg
     
  12. jrussell88

    jrussell88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I haven't replied as I've been using the sensors since they were first released in the UK, around 22 sensors, and Ive had two reactions. So is that yes or no?

    I alternate arms to allow recovery, and move the sites around the back of my arm.

    I think the reactions were something other than the glue as it's usually fine.

    If I wanted to protect my skin I'd be tempted to look at Micropore which is a very sticky paper bandage.

    And I've never had a reaction to that.
     
  13. Eliott

    Eliott · Newbie

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    Hi, just joined forum and voted. As in other cases, I has excellent results from the first 4 sensors - great accuracy and sensors stayed on just fine. 5th sensor left a little redness and some weeping. 6th left a bright red 2 pound coin size blister. Tried 7th but itching was unbearable after 2 days. The marks are still visible 2 months after last sensor was removed. Reported to Abbott and they replaced one sensor. I have not gone back to the sensors but learned a lot about my body responses to certain foods so am maintaining better glucose control than I was before the libre. I will try out some of the suggestions on this site so many thanks.
     
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  14. nurseryboss

    nurseryboss Type 1 · Member

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    I, too am having a break from sensors at the moment. I removed the last one 10 days ago, having suffered intense itching for the whole 2 weeks. The skin reaction was worse than ever. What a shame that such a beneficial product is adversely affecting about half of the users/customers. I haven't tried Compeed plasters yet as it could be a very costly mistake. I wish Abbott could resolve this to everyone's satisfaction. Does anyone know if Compeed plasters are thin enough for the sensor needle to pierce them or is there a better / finer plaster which would work more effectively?
     
  15. Andy_P

    Andy_P Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    As the originator of this thread I had mixed success with Compeed and it is a gamble as to whether the sensor will go through the Compeed or not. I have not used the Libre for many months now which is a shame. I did recently complete the Team BG Diabetes Grand Tour cycling from Vienna to Stockholm. We were provided with Dexcom G4's which were superb. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the G5 in the Uk. It won't be cheap but I feel it has many advantages over the Libre.
     
  16. nurseryboss

    nurseryboss Type 1 · Member

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    Thanks Andy P, I will look out for this and hope it is an improvement on the Freestyle. Perhaps the price will come down as more people use it.
     
  17. Emmotha

    Emmotha Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Used since launch almost a year ago? Now starting to react and barely get accurate readings anymore :-(
     
  18. Type1Bri

    Type1Bri Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Booooo that's not good. Try putting one on your upper thigh, my last 3 have lasted the full 2 weeks and have been the most accurate so far and the reaction is not as bad there
     
  19. Emmotha

    Emmotha Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A few people have recommended that actually. I'll give it a go on the next one :)
     
  20. iHs

    iHs · Well-Known Member

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    Has no one tried using Skin safe (opus) as a spray or wipe? Get a free sample and try just to see.
     
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