The Seton and the Sea

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not creative
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   Posted 12/29/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   

I’m going on a cruise next week and I’m wondering if it’s ok to go into the ocean with my draining setons. I have three setons that are peri-vaginal and they have only been in for a month, so they are actively draining. I also just had another abscess burst close to one of the setons and the resulting fistula is draining as well. Any experience with swimming in the ocean?

 

Also, are there any sort of creams I can put over the skin around the new fistula so maybe it will heal enough to not be super painful. Right now Im using Neosporin but Im wondering if there is something better.

 

I am trying to get a hold of my surgeon but the NP is out and Im waiting for the advice nurse to call me back. So in the meantime, I would appreciate some insight.


Laurenne, 25 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002. Three abscesses that are now fistulas, with three setons!
On: 6MP, Zoloft, Cimzia (working so well, I'm on Miralax too!), folic acid, b12
Tried: LDN- Did nothing good, Remicade- allergic, Humira- no reaction


ivy6
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   Posted 12/29/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Quite often, my surgeon has said it is ok for me to go swimming in the ocean even when it's not ok for me to use the swimming pool - something to do with the drainage being infectious for other people who use the swimming pool, but this is less of a problem in the ocean.

Have a wonderful, wonderful time on your cruise. Where will you be going?

Ivy.
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not creative
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   Posted 12/29/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband and my family and I are going to the Caribbean. Im so excited.


Laurenne, 25 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002. Three abscesses that are now fistulas, with three setons!
On: 6MP, Zoloft, Cimzia (working so well, I'm on Miralax too!), folic acid, b12
Tried: LDN- Did nothing good, Remicade- allergic, Humira- no reaction


ivy6
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   Posted 12/29/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! That sounds wonderful!

I'm guessing you live in the US, then, and are escaping the cold?
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not creative
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   Posted 12/29/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I live in northern California and it's pretty chilly here right now. Acutally, a big storm is coming through and I checked the weather for one of the ports- San Juan, Puerto Rico- last night and it's 71 and sunny. Sounds lovely!
Laurenne, 25 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002. Three abscesses that are now fistulas, with three setons!
On: 6MP, Zoloft, Cimzia (working so well, I'm on Miralax too!), folic acid, b12
Tried: LDN- Did nothing good, Remicade- allergic, Humira- no reaction


FallColors
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   Posted 12/29/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I would think swimming in the ocean would be like taking a salt sitz bath. The salt might sting a little at first, but I doubt it will be harmful. It will help sterilize the area too.

As for skin irritation, drainage can cause it. I got a skin yeast infection -- diapher rash! Wow that is painful!! I really feel sorry for babies!! Topical treatments like Neosporin can help kill yeast that is on the surface of the skin, but once yeast gets into the skin you have to take something like diflucan, which your doctor can prescribe. The yeast in the skin makes the skin break down, which is why it hurts so much. My doctor said to use a baby diapher rash creme with zinc oxide, like Balmex, to protect the skin from the nasty drainage. I use it liberally and it is really soothing. While the creme won't kill the yeast in the skin, it will help you feel more comfortbale until you get diflucan.

Have fun on your vacation!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 12/30/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey notcreative....just wanted to say that I agree on the baby ointment to prevent the harshness of the drainage on your skin. I have very sensitive skin and I used Desiten (not clear, but white) on my skin. I too understand why a baby cries better now. The desiten was great. I never swam with mine...mostly from embarrassment so I don't know about how the ocean would be.

I am going on a cruise in the end of January to get away from Western NY weather. I hope you have fun...and if you are going to the Western Carib, don't bother with the excursion to the town of he#@ in Grand Cayman They sell it hard and it is pretty silly and not worth the money. But there is a nice Rum manufacturer next to the turtle farm that is worth going through!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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