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   Posted 3/29/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently started using Eakin Cohesive Seals. 
After removing my pouch and the seal, there is some of the seal left on my skin. It's hard to remove. I use alcohol to remove the residue. It's messy and takes a lot of time. Anybody got a better way?

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   Posted 3/29/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
For me, the residue comes off with soap and water but if I have a tricky spot I use my fingernail (carefully, of course!) . Adhesive remover works too.
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   Posted 3/29/2010 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   

I just use a damp cloth and it normally comes right off...and at times I'll use my nail too.  Nonetheless, I adore them and if they ever cause an issue during removal I shrug it off b/c they are so worth it!  yeah



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   Posted 3/29/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to use the adhesive remover with a cotton ball. I use a little cuticle pusher that I have had forever with the big chunks.
Then I use the soap and water.
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
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   Posted 3/30/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I too use adhesive remover wipes and a fingernail, and as Robin said "I adore them and they are worth any extra effort."

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   Posted 3/31/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Soap and water? I can't get the residue on my fingers off without alcohol let alone off my stoma area. Soap and water won't touch it. Are we talking about Eakin Cohesive seals 839002? It's a lot of trouble getting it off but well worth the trouble.


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   Posted 4/1/2010 4:08 AM (GMT -7)   
polishdan~maybe you could use half a ring? I've tried that with different brands to see how much I needed and I can get away with a half circle (I remake a circle with it) and it doesn't leave as much residue but gets the job done...I also change about day 4 and it's pretty broken down by then.

As a last thought regular skin prep is good at removing it, too. I usually wash off the skin prep residue with soap and water any time I have to use it.
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   Posted 4/1/2010 5:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I just hop in the shower and gently scrape it off with my fingernails. It doesn't really matter if you don't get it all off. As long as there's no poop left, a bit of Eakin Seal won't hurt your skin. Some people report that leftovers even help seal the new one better.
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   Posted 4/1/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah if you dont get all the paste/seal off, it doesnt reallly matter you are just putting more back on!
But this is random, but avon clearskin pads, get the paste off your fingers pretty good (dont ask how i know that)
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   Posted 4/1/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Unisolve adhesive remover and fingernail works for me. It is time consuming to remove the residue, but those Eakins are worth it. Really prevent peristomal skin burns. Good luck. Rosemary

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   Posted 4/3/2010 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Just got back home last friday after two months in Florida. Found that I have some Hollister seals and used one last Monday. Changed pouch yesterday. Hollister broke down more than Eakin and left less residue so it came off easier. Had some leakage under the seal. Trying another Hollister.


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   Posted 4/5/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Changed my pouch friday afternoon and put on a Hollister seal. 3:00 AM monday, blowout in bed. Just what I wanted to do at 3:00 am is change my pouch. Put on Eakin seal. NO MORE HOLLISTER SEALS.


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   Posted 4/5/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree Dan, Eakin are so much better than the Adapt seals that you get from Hollister. When using the Adapt seals I always had leakage onto my skin within a day, not with eakin though, they are a life saver.
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2009 - 12/17/09  laparospic subtotal colectomy with anastamosis and removal of adhesions
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