Edges of Wafer peeling away

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   Posted 12/9/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
My son is away at school and e:mailed me b/c his wafer has begun to pull away from the skin around the edges alot and he says there is either no adhesive left or dry skin making it not stick.  He's afraid if he uses lotion, the skin will be too greasy and it won't stick.  Has anyone had this experience or have any suggestions.  Thanks!
Mother of 18 year old son
Ileostomy on April 18, 2008

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   Posted 12/9/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Does he put a "picture frame" of waterproof tape around his appliance? If not, that's what he should be doing. I always use tape around my appliance to ensure a better seal. I'm sure my appliance would peal away, as well, if I didn't.

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   Posted 12/9/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the Hollister 2 piece drainable appliance (Premier).  It has a waterproof "pictureframe" tape around it.  This helps to keep the wafer from lifting up.  Also protects from water while in the shower. Hope this helps....Cheryl

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   Posted 12/9/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Tape is very good for this. I use Mefix brand, stays on thru several showers etc...good stuff.


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   Posted 12/9/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Lew1201, is your son' s skin under the wafer irritated? You mentioned dry skin peeling off. I had an allergic reaction to several different types of wafers (brands) before I landed on one that works for me (Coloplast Sensura - 1 piece pre-cut) Great for sensitive skin. My Ostomy Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) called me in a prescription for Kenalog Spray. This stuff works wonders with clearing up irritation/infections, etc. Hard to find, though.

Also, if he finds that tape is too irritating, have him look into HydroFrame® Hydrocolloid Flange Extensions. Welland Medical makes these (can be ordered through Edgepark Medical - order #XWAF H33) or Securi-T Hydrocolloid Skin Barriers
Item # EI200344 - also through Edgepark Medical. Phone # 800-321-0591. You can also call the companies to get samples. Edgepark should have all their numbers. Welland Medical has a website: www.wellandmedical.com They are a British company. Edgepark is the only one I know that sells their products in the US.

Good luck! Mary

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   Posted 12/13/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
lew1201--I think it was nene that mentioned Sure Seals...they are a breathable seal you put over your "cloth" wafer (kind of like picture framing the wafer)...it helps protect from leaks and keeps the edges down.  I use Hollister and their wafers can "fray" a little and these do the trick!  Not to mention, if you have any leaks, it will help contain them.  Oh, I almost forgot the best part!  When you shower, you just wipe off the water...it doesn't stay waterlogged!!!!!

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   Posted 12/13/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
vintageman said...
Tape is very good for this. I use Mefix brand, stays on thru several showers etc...good stuff.

Where do you obtain the Mefix tape ?

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   Posted 12/15/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
you should be able to get it from your supplier. I got some a while back from edgepark but they should all have it.
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