Welcome to our group.
One of the big hesitations I had about using Medtronic’s things are just that, rash and bad reactions from their tape. It is one of the biggest complain I hear (well, that and the auto-mode! LOL)
You can ask them to send you a tape sample kit, however it is in backorder.
The most often used tapes are
KT tape (or any other kinesiology tape)
then there are patches:
you can also use different skin prep solutions (like skin-tac or IV prep pad) to help you before putting the tape on. Also, some people use flonase, or liquid benadryl
they first clean the area with alcohol (let it dry
use an anti allergy spray on the area
then skin-tac and after that the sensor and tape
When I spoke with the medtronic rep in regards to the sample kit, she told me to cut small pieces of the different tapes and put them on your skin to see how you react (instead of putting it directly on top of the CGM or infusion and be stuck with it for a week.
There was a mention (I think on this forum) where some people put on the IV3000 on the skin and then the sensor on top (Although Medtronic doesnt recommend doing that)
So far I am personally reacting to IV3000 and tegaderm. I thought I ordered Hypafix, which apparently is very recommended (Medtronic recommends it even though they dont sell it) but I must have been asleep when I was did the ordering because I never got it, and dont see it in my orders either.
Nexcare also has some Medical tape for sensitive skin, some people just use that to tape their sensor with. They say its pretty good and easy to remove. they change it daily. there is a youtube video that shows how she does it. I cant give you the direct link, but her name is Sarah Smiles and the video’s title is Alternate taping method for Mini-med Enlite CGM - Sensitive skin.
here is a link to Medtronic PDF document called Tape tips and site management.
on page 8-9 are a few more options
Medtronic PDF document
Im about to try the simpatch, wish me luck.
I still have blisters, bumps and rash from when I removed my tape last week.
hope some of this helps