How to Reduce Skin Irritation During Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment Measurement
During ECG electrode measurement some skin problems can show up. In most of the skin problems, it is just skin irritation that normally lasts for several days. Only very rarely there is a true allergy to the materials that are found in ECG electrodes. When skin irritation appears, the skin’s own metabolism is weakened and its surface is getting broken. That can cause pain, redness or itching. There can be a lot of different variables behind skin irritations and always individual features are crucial to clarify. It’s recognized that skin irritation shows up occasionally due to the used adhesive or the conductive gel in the ECG electrode. Also, weak hygiene in the skin, mechanical stress when removing electrodes or long-term use can cause skin irritation.
To avoid skin problems during Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment, please follow these steps:
- Clean the electrode placement spots (below right clavicle and left rib cage) before attaching electrodes, especially if there is sweat or some impurity
- Add a thin layer of non-greasy basic lotion to the spots where you are going to attach the electrodes later
- Let the basic lotion dry out carefully (at least 10 min) to avoid electrode contact problems to the skin
- Repeat all the steps every time when attaching new electrodes.
- Also, when removing electrodes, it’s recommended to use some drops of water to avoid mechanical stress to the skin. Change the electrode placement on the skin during replacement of the electrode.