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Community Q&A: Diabetic Patients’ Questions and Answers

Can you take a bath while using continuous glucose meters (CGMs)?

Yes, it is generally safe to take a bath while wearing a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). CGMs are designed to be water-resistant and are intended to withstand exposure to water, such as bathing, showering, and swimming. However, it is important to check the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer of your CGM to ensure that it is indeed water-resistant and suitable for submersion.

While CGMs are designed to be water-resistant, prolonged exposure to water or submersion beyond the recommended limits may still potentially damage the device. It is advisable to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding water exposure and take necessary precautions to prevent any accidental damage.

Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that CGMs typically use adhesives to attach to the skin. The adhesive may lose its effectiveness if it becomes excessively wet or exposed to soaps, oils, or lotions. To help maintain the adhesive’s integrity, you can consider using a waterproof adhesive patch or tape over the CGM sensor before bathing or swimming. This extra layer of protection can help ensure that the CGM remains securely attached during water activities.

Always consult the user manual or contact the manufacturer of your specific CGM for accurate and detailed information regarding water resistance and usage recommendations.

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