Itch Relief, Finally

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answers4me2
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   Posted 2/6/2011 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had a bad itch around the stoma. I thought, great, more yeast. But, I read something weirdbeard had posted about itching and tincture of benzoin, so I ordered some. It was on back order, so it took 3 weeks for me to receive it.

Well, I got it in the mail Friday, so yesterday I used it. I was desperate as I messed up my skin and had to change the wafer every 2 days and this only intensified the itch. I also have a parastomal hernia, so my skin seems to get adhesive burns where the hernia pulls on the adhesive part of the wafer.


What I did was I applied the nystop powder and the no-sting barrier, then I sprayed the area really well with the tincture of benzoin. Beware, it stung my red, irritated skin. It made the wafer stick really well to my skin and seems to protect the skin by putting a thick, protective barrier over the skin. My skin actually looks waterproof.

Well, at 1st the itch intensified, but after about an hour I noticed the itch was completely GONE. It has now been 24 hours and I still do not have the dreaded itch. The rash that I could see is now almost completely gone. Even the adhesive rash is decreased.

Thank You Weirdbeard!

I tried calamine and genetian violet, but neither of these helped me.

80sChick
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   Posted 2/6/2011 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a lot of problems with yeast and have a little itchy/yeasty spot that is bothering me now...

I have some tincture of benzoin in my medicine cabinet but didn't think it would help yeast. Should I try it?? I was going to wait until the yeast was all cleared up.
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

answers4me2
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   Posted 2/6/2011 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Stephanie, I was desperate to get rid of the dreaded itch, so I tried it. I figured I could always wash it off later if it caused anymore issues like increased itch or rash. Like I said, it burned when I 1st sprayed the area and the itch intensified for about an hour. After that, the skin seemed to settle down until the itch was totally gone.

I am still itch free tonight!

I applied the nystop powder, then the no-sting barrier, then the tincture of benzoin. I wanted to make sure the yeast powder was on my skin really well before I sprayed the area.

I hope this is the answer for me. My life has been so much better with the ileo, but these skin issues have been getting me down.

If I were you, I would try it the next change.

I hope it works for you, Tracy
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2006-sacralcolopopexy
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy. Parastomal hernia discovered in November, so more surgery, probably end ileostomy with relocation of stoma.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 2/7/2011 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear and know! :-) I'll try it, too, if I ever get a bad case of the itchies. I remember Shaz recommending putting Milk of Magnesia on raw, irritated skin, and here's the link to one of her posts about it:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=33&m=1016290

I love this forum. We not only support one another, we also learn so much from each other!

Take care,
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

80sChick
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   Posted 2/7/2011 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Agreed. I will try it. Thank you!
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

answers4me2
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   Posted 2/7/2011 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been very desperate and have tried genetian violet, which is a deep purple and dyed my skin purple for a couple of weeks, because I read many use it to help with yeast???? Well, I still had the intense itch, so I discontinued that.

I then tried Calamine lotion....the wafer stuck just fine with the calamine lotion, but it didn't help with my itch and if anything, only intensified it. So, I discontinued that.

I also have an assortment of different powders! I quit using the Alkare barrier wipes because I think they irritated my skin and have switched to the no-sting barrier wipe. I also can not use the Alkare adhesive remover wipe due to increased irritation.

So, since the adhesive remover wipes irritate my skin, when I change wafers, I just leave the sticky stuff, that won't wipe off easily, on my skin. I am not sure if this is a good idea or not, but my skin does not like alot of rubbing.

HMMMM, does anybody know if the skin will eventually harden and callous a little??? That will surely help if that happens.

As far as the itching, this is now day #3 since applying the tincture of benzoin and I am still ITCH FREE! Yippee

I am hoping to make it 5 days with this wafer so I can give my skin some rest and time to heal.

80'schick, how is your skin doing now?
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2006-sacralcolopopexy
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy. Parastomal hernia discovered in November, so more surgery, probably end ileostomy with relocation of stoma.

esoR
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   Posted 2/7/2011 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Good job Tracy,

I printed out your recipe in case I ever need it. Thanks, Rosemary

P.S. Yes, we truly are the experts in this field.
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