Medtronic Guardian Sensor Scar

By Diabetesforever1418 Latest Reply 2018-06-22 09:30:26 -0500
Started 2018-05-13 23:56:37 -0500

I have been using the newer Medtronic 670g AutoMode pump and it is amazing. Anyone have any advice of how to avoid scaring from the Guardian sensor. After a few days it feels itchy but after the 7th day it has dug into my skin leaving a severe outline of the sensor on my body (ouch!). HELP!

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Megaskiptile 2018-06-22 09:30:26 -0500 Report

I’ve got the answer! (I hope.). Spray Flonase on your skin before you apply the sensor. Let it soak in for about 5 minutes. We then wipe it off with alcohol, then go through whatever routine you use. I do this for my son who gets very bad rashes without it. It’s a miracle. It’s the same Flonase you would buy to spray in your nose. Off brands work fine.

AngelinaJF 2018-06-07 16:03:39 -0500 Report

I have a Medtronic 640g which I used a few years ago with the Guardian sensor. The sensor did seems to scar more than the insulin canula which left my stomach lumpy rather than scarred.
One a few occasions on removing the sensor it would bleed, odd to see your stomach bleed and see lines of blood trickle down your leg.
I have always used BioOil which has worked well and has reduced the scaring that you get.
Another consideration is the effect of the plaster that keeps the sensor in place, it has to be strong and it's noticeably different to the canula adhesive and much harder to peel off. I used to get a redness from the plaster after changing the sensor which would last a few days but again I'm convinced the BioOil helped.
it is an ouch I agree and after 12 years it still an ouch at times but considering how many times I've stabbed my stomach, it's not too scarred. Try the oil. Hope it helps. 670g sounds interesting must get an upgrade!

Robbie - 24474
Robbie - 24474 2018-06-06 13:50:00 -0500 Report

I have experienced the same. After 7 days of wear under the 2 layers of overtape, it certainly does leave an impression in the skin. In my case, that indentation goes away after a couple hours. When I was using the Enlite and original Guardian systems, I would cover the entire sensor site with Opsite FlexiFix. It did a pretty good job, but I had a couple instances where it was so tight that it caused the edge of the transmitter to bite into my skin and leave a minor surface cut.