I get a horrible rash with the pods. When this started a few months ago, I tried lots of kinds of skin preps. I have tried: Hollister, 3M, mastisol, barrier film, barrier skin prep (brand?), iv prep, just alchol wipes, and a combination of these products as well. It sticks fine. But after 24 hours it is SO ITCHY I just want to scratch it off. I have been to the dermatologist for this too, and she gave me something to make the rash go away (didn’t really help much) and her first question was, what did Omnipod suggest.
So the clinical rep suggested some Cortisol cream OR a skin barrier and to let that dry completely before putting the pod on. Well I tried that for my last site and it still itched some, and there was still a small rash - but not as bad as it used to be. When I put another adhesive like IV3000 underneath it, it doesn’t itch and there is no rash. But the large IV3000 is SO BIG, I used to like to put it on my arm too, but I don’t think I could do that with the huge IV3000 (4x4). If I use the small IV3000, it itches on the left and right sides because some of the pod adhesive is touching my skin.
My doctor’s nurse says I should go see a dermatologist or get another pump. I have had the Omnipod only for 8 months. Before that I had a Cozmo for 1 1/2 years, and donated it to a diabetes charity. Neither pump is out of warranty.
I don’t know what to do about this, get a new pump (Animas ping), or keep trying things to make it stop itching. My arms still itch from the sites I had on them about two weeks ago. The clinical rep is coming to meet me tomorrow. Two weeks ago I was so frustrated I wanted to go back on shots.