**WARNING: Graphic photos of a skin reaction below. Do not scroll down if you are in the middle of eating***
In a battle between my skin and my PICC line my PICC wins hands down. It is funny actually since my skin isn't particular sensitive to anything else. I have never had a sensitivity to creams or lotions or detergent, but I apparently am very sensitive to adhesives. So after trying a new adhesive that is specially made for people with allergies to adhesive, I still got a reaction.
I have had my PICC two weeks now and we only had the adhesive on my skin for a few days before I started reacting. In order to try to let my skin heal we wrapped my arm in gauze for about a week. The problem was my skin was weeping through the gauze. Because of the excessive weeping we are trying duoderm (which is like fake skin) and then putting the tegaderm (tape) on the duoderm so it is still protecting my PICC, but not touching my skin. Here are the results:
At this point I am not sure what to do. My skin isn't getting better and is pretty painful and I don't think it will improve until I pull the PICC, but my lung function isn't where I want it to be. At this point I am considering pulling the PICC Monday and if my lungs are still bad trying for another in the other arm or waiting for my skin to heal more and trying again.