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   Posted 11/19/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok perhaps this is a silly question but I'm asking nonetheless. So I've been primarily using Convatec wafers and pouches. I've had slight itching at times around where the hospital like tape is. Is this normal or is it an allergic reaction? I've heard so many people say that they were allergic to products and I just don't want to keep using something if I'm allergic and just don't know it! I'm trying to get into the best appliance/product so that I can work on my mindset around the ileo. It's just not 100% comfortable yet so I'm trying to find out why. I still have pulling and just general uncomfortable-ness around the area....

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   Posted 11/19/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had my temporary ileo since June 21st and I too am still learning...but, I have found that if I switch between products, primarily Hollister and Convatec, that the itching and general uncomfortableness is greatly reduced. I have found overall that Hollister is the most comfortable being more pliable and softer, but the wafer seems to fail me after the 3rd or 4th day, whereas with Convatecs moldable wafer, the wafer can last for 7 days.

Have you tried Hollister?
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 11/19/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't tried Hollister. I am using the Active Life one piece Convatec right now. It's definitely more pliable and moveable. I liked the moldable wafers but they just leaked too fast on me - like almost daily! I'll see if I can get some samples from Hollister and try that. Thank you for the idea idea

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   Posted 11/19/2010 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
it could be a reaction to the adhesive on the tape, which varies from brand to brand, but not necessarily an allergy. Either way if it bugs you try something else, can't hurt right? Convatec tape made me break out in a rash, but hollister's didn't. Many brands usually have a tapeless wafer too. First few times i tried coloplast i got a rash from the edge thingy they have instead of tape, but i gave them one last go (because i prefer their bags) and no more rash! sometimes your skin and change its sensitivities randomly.

when was your surgery? the general uncomfortableness stopped for me at week 7 when i finally figured out a system that worked for me for a whole week with no itching. Plus i'd finally healed enough then that it didn't always feel like my insides were coming out. Now I'm almost at week 9 and it feels like I've been comfortable for much longer than 2 weeks. I tried 8 different wafer/bag combos before i got the one i liked. so get yourself some samples and find the one that makes you comfortable, you'll feel so much better once you do. good luck on the hunt!
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-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-Now IBD is indeterminate tests will be done after healing if still UC J-pouch surgery, if Chron's take down of colostomy
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