Paste or Seals?

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   Posted 11/19/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if eakin seals are for use all the time, or is paste preferable, or is this just perhaps a matter of personal choice??  I was using paste and the area around stoma was irritated so the stoma nurse switched me to eakin seals, but I forgot to ask her if I should be using them all the time or just until the skin cleared up.  Thanks.....Cheryl

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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
It's a matter of personal choice. I started out with the paste, I think we all do. I have been using the seal now for two n half years. I use it every time I change my wafer, bout every 3 to 4 days. I sport a colostomy, when I change out I let the stoma site air out (making sure I get no surprises). If I see I am starting to break out or if site is irritated I use the powder for a few days.
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
You can use Eakin seals all the time. I used to use them, but they were too sticky for me. I enjoy a good scratching in the shower in between wafer changes, and I'd get that stuff stuck under my nails. Then, I'd get it in my hair while washing it, so I switched back to paste. Also, the paste was less irritating to my skin. Since everyone's skin is different, you have to experiment to find out what works best for you.
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   Posted 11/19/2008 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I started out using paste which did a pretty good job, but I found it to be a bit too messy. I also had a hard time squeezing the paste out of the tube while trying to apply the wafer. Now, I use Eakin seals all the time. The only draw back is that the seals are more expensive. I love Eakin seals. Very rarely do I have a bad irritation. If I do I just use some ostomy powder under the seal. Oh yes, I use barrier wipes first. Then the seal. Good luck.

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   Posted 11/20/2008 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I much prefer Eakin Seals and use them all the time. Paste has alcohol in it and will sting sore excoriated skin whereas Eakin Seals have skin healing properties in them. In my opinion, they last longer and they don't have that horrible smell that paste has.
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
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   Posted 11/20/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks!!  This has cleared up my confusion.  Tomorrow is my first bag change on my more homecare nursing!!  Wish me luck!! tongue
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