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   Posted 9/1/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
So for a day or so now my entire area around and under my wafer has been extremely itchy.  At first I thought maybe there was a leak under there and I would need to change the entire piece but since it had only been two days since my last change I tried to wait it out.  Then during the night the itchiness became too much for me.  There were no signs of leak on the wafer but I got up around 3 AM and took a shower and changed everything.  It was good for a few hours, but here I am again with the itchiness intensifying. 
I am not sure if I am applying my wafer incorrectly or something else is the issue.  Any thoughts?
Thanks again

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 9/1/2010 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
not sure, could be an alergy to the wafer, paste or to one of the other ostomy products. you should consult your stoma nurse.

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   Posted 9/1/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I was always itchy. I did leak a lot, but even without a leak, I would itch and my skin would be all red and irritated. Having anything on my skin all the time just irritated it, since I have sensitive skin
27/F Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 (symptoms for over a year before)
Asacol, Prednisone, Remicade with no success--no remission for over 2 years
8/09 colonoscopy shows that the whole colon is affected
12/18/09 Removal of colon, creation of J-Pouch and ostomy; recessed stoma; 12/30/09 Takedown too soon; RV fistula;1/9/10 Second Ileostomy Surgery;
1/25/10 Stoma Revision Surgery; 3/30/10 Takedown again; 6/9/10 Scope and Biopsy--Diagnosed with Crohns Disease (maybe...)
Tried gluten free and dairy free with no noticeable improvement; Was on TPN and IV fluids 2/10-6/10. Currently:Prednisone 25 mg (tapering 5mg/week), D, B12, Iron, Prenatal vitamin, Lortab, Humira, Rowasa

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   Posted 9/1/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
You may be allergic to the wafer. I had skin is super sensitive. Within a month of wearing a regular Hollister wafer I had to switch to the non-adhesive wafer (it has only pectin on the back...lasts only like 4 days instead of 7, but it's much better on my skin).
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

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Date Joined Aug 2004
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   Posted 9/1/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Benedryl helps my itchiness. Perhaps I should look at why it itches instead of attacking the symptoms but benedryl almost always helps me! 
good luck

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 9/1/2010 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My skin is sensitive to the Hollister wafer. It makes my skin extremely itchy, red and even bleed. My ET nurse switched me to Convatec tapeless wafer and I feel much better now.

My skin is also sensitive to the edge of the pouch. Now I put a baby's bib underneath my pouch so that the pouch doesn't have any contact with my skin. It's much more comfortable and the bib absorbs the moisture from the body. A baby's bib is the perfect size for that purpose.

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   Posted 9/2/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed I am itchy for 2 days after a new change and then it miraculously goes away and no more itching until my next change. Because of this, I try to wear my wafer for up to 7 days...but, I am thinking my skin may extra sensitive to the allkare protective wipes and the allkare adhesive remover wipes. Once I did not use either and had no itchiness.....I just realized this could be my problem this last change and will not use either my next change.

I believe someone commented "less is more" and I am beginning to think that may apply to me.

Good luck
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy

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   Posted 9/3/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Just an update about the itchiness..After two days with a new appliance on I started to get some leakage that turned out to be from a pretty bad rash I had developed underneath.  I got in to see my ostomy nurse as soon as possible and they believe that I am having an allergic reaction to the Hollister products.  They have switched me to Coloplast.  So far the Coloplast wafer feels uncomfortable but it was just put on today and the discomfort is more likely due to the (hopefully) healing rash underneath.
My advice to others would be to talk to your nurses or doctor right away if things don't feel right because things can get pretty messy in a hurry.
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