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Re: [IP] Using Mastisol

Hi Melanie,

This is what I use now for my G4:

Clean area with alcohol wipes to get rid of dirt etc.
Liquid SkinTac + Hypafix Tape that I cut out like this:

*http://tinyurl.com/G4hypafix <http://tinyurl.com/G4hypafix>*

both super cheap (I used to use skin tac wipes, until someone told me
about the liquid... way less messy and WAY cheaper: I got it for $12.92
with shipping:

All this gets them to hold for at least 3 weeks each time, over 4 weeks
most of the time! (by replacing the Hypafix after 2 weeks)

Then I use UniSolve Wipes to remove it (which I also use to remove my
Mio insertions sites) so it doesn't get all red and irritated.

Although my insurance was covering my UniSolve Wipes before, but shouldn't
have... so now I have to find a
cheap place for them!
(Like the Hypafix that I found it on amazon for $15:
http://tinyurl.com/cq953bt )

Does anyone have a cheap place for UniSolve Wipes?

Melanie, does the Tac Away work well? Is it cheap?


On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM, MelanieTribeca <email @ redacted>wrote:

>  Does anyone have any other good ways of keeping their gear stuck on? I'm
> trying
> to keep a CGM sensor on for 7 days and an omnipod on for 3 days.
> Currently, I
> use Skin Tac to put them on and Tac Away to remove them. I've been using
> the
> wipes, but may try the bottle given that that seems to be a more common
> approach.
>  I tried covering the CGM sensor with a 4"x4.75" piece of Tegaderm rather
> adding
> extra glue. I don't seem to have the trick of getting the Tegaderm flat and
> therefore sealed well all the way around. One day, water accumulated under
> it
> during my shower, which made it sort of waterproof in the wrong direction
> (keeping water in rather than out). Any thoughts on application technique?
> Thanks.
> On Jan 8, 2014, at 4:42 PM, "Ricca, Marie" <email @ redacted> wrote:
> > Hi John H.
> > I use Mastisol straight from the bottle. I draw an oval above my naval to
> > secure my DexG4, no applicator needed. Here's where I bought it from:
> >
>  >
> > Great stuff.
> > Marie R.
>  > Diabetic 52+ years, since age 5 on Animas Ping and Dexcom G4 pumping
> since
> 2004
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email @ redacted
> > [mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf Of John H
> > Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:25 AM
> > To: Insulin Pumpers
> > Subject: [IP] Using Mastisol
> >
> >  I have been using Skin Tac to secure my CGM sensors, but I want to try
> > something else.
>  > I am never sure if it's the reinforcing tape's adhesive or something
> else,
> but
>  > I keep finding skin irritations when I remove the sensors. I have
> switched
> tapes
>  > from Opsite Flexifix to Hypafix, and that seemed to help at first, but
> not
> with
> > my latest sensor.
> > So I figure it's now time to try Mastisol instead of Skin-Tac.
> >
> > So here's the question.
> > Skin Tac in the bottle comes with a very handy applicator brush.
> > Mastisol, does not have anything similar.   It comes in a spray bottle,
>  > which I don't think will work, a (expensive) 2 oz bottle and people
> seem to
> be
> > using q-tips to apply it.
> > Finally, it comes in 2/3ml vials which claim to be single use.
> >
> > So, how are people who are using Mastisol actually applying it.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > John H
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