An itch that I can't scratch.. i'm going crazy

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   Posted 8/31/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Anybody have an itch under the wafer and cannot scratch it.  i can't stand it.  help.  also i have a question about showering.  up until now i've been showering with the bag on. my home nurse said i can take everything off and shower.  isin't the water going to end up in the stoma?  and what kind of soap do you use.  anybody have any advice?

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   Posted 8/31/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
it's ok to shower with it off, i personally don't i think it's icky, lol.
you have to use a soap that doesnt' have perfumes or lotions, my ET told me to use plain dial, and that is what i use.
I have a problem with an itch under mine sometimes, i figured out that it is where i have a raised strechmark, not much i can do about that! Also, i notice that if i dont' get it all the way dry after a shower it will itch. usualy an itch will be a sign that there is some stuff leakign out a little

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   Posted 9/1/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
If the itch is right around the stoma opening in the wafer, you can rinse the inside of the pouch with cool/cold water and it will help relieve the itching. Works for me usually.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 9/1/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Me too!!! As someone already said, I think it's when I don't get the wafer completely dry after showering. I try to make a point of putting some wadded up tissue under it to absorb any leftovers. But man, it's like having a cast on a broken leg and can't scratch it. I actually scratch around the edges and have broken the skin without even being aware I'm doing it. Mine's not related to leakage so I know it's the lack of dryness. Luckily it doesn't go on and on.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes, you just gotta take that wafer off, get in the shower, and scratch that itch!! smilewinkgrin I like to lather up some anti-itch shampoo called Dermosil and wash around my stoma. There's some ingredient in there that seems to help keep the itchies away.

Good luck!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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