OmniPod Adhesive Update #2

In the last two months, I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different techniques and topical creams to quell the intense discomfort that the pod adhesive causes my skin. Now that the air has turned dry in Minnesota, the contact dermatitis is very scaly as it heals.

I’ll cut to the chase. The best method I for caring for and treating the dermatitis is as follows:
1. If possible, remove the pod after a warm shower when the adhesive is water-logged.
2. Don’t wash the area with soap. Cetaphil types might be okay, but I haven’t tried them.
3. After the area is relatively dry, apply thick layer of lotion with Shea Butter. Rub gently, but let most of it absorb on it’s own.
4. Re-apply a thick layer each day thereafter until healed.

My sites were taking up to 10 days to fully heal, and now it’s down to 3-5. I’ve just been using Bath & Body Works Body Cream. Simple as that. Nothing too expensive, nothing medicated. Previous to this, I tried: alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), hydrocortisone cream, triple antibiotic ointment, and petroleum jelly, all in varying amounts. Nothing heals it like plain old Shea Butter!

4 thoughts on “OmniPod Adhesive Update #2”

  1. We’ve found a way to help prevent contact dermatitis. My son was having the same issue with the Omnipod, and my friend who is a nurse told me to use a cortisone in a water base (like Flonase) and spray it on his skin after preparing his skin with alcohol before pod placement. Of course you have to let it dry. No more problems!!

  2. I tried using flonase yesterday. Even though I waited for it to dry, the pod ended up falling off a few hours later. Any tips for this? I love my pod so much but it’s destroying my skin. It’s not an adhesive allergy. I get a hive by where the canula goes in and a little patchy rash at the top where there is no adhesive, if you check the back of the pod. It’s making me so sad :(.

    1. Hmm. I haven’t had any issues with the pod sticking after flonase. It’s a bummer it fell off. Some people swear by using Tagaderm bandages underneath the pod. You could cut a small portion out of a larger bandage and put it right under where the cannula inserts. The power of the insertion will certainly break through the Tagaderm bandage barrier, but it might provide some protection from the hives you’re describing. It’s worth a try! I’d say the flonase is worth another try, too. I like to apply it to my fingers and then rub it onto the place where I intend to put the pod. I wait until its completely dry before applying. Try the Tagaderm and let me know how it goes!

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