Posted 3/26/2011 2:45 PM (GMT -7)
I have also been having bag issues. GRRRR And I have had my ileostomy for 9 months.
I was using convatec's moldable wafer, but I started experiencing skin issues with rash and itching and also the wafer would pull loose from my skin whenever I ate too much fiberous foods. This was very frustrating causing huge messes on my clothes...
So, I ordered some coloplast samples, and I liked them....well, I ordered some of the coloplast products from Edgepark, and not one of the 5 wafers would stick to my skin.I called Coloplast and they said they thought my parastomal hernia was what was causing the issue with the bag not sticking, so, they mailed me some more with the instructions to warm the wafer up before adhering it to my skin....well, guess what? All 5 replacement wafers fell off too. I am supposed to call them and they said they will mail out some samples of a different type.
I am now using Hollister's new image and have only had one mishap with the wafer coming off due to me eating too much fiber, a banana. ACK
What products have you tried? Because if I was you, I would call ALL of them and request samples and then try a new product every change to see which you like best.
I am still having some skin burns right underneath my stoma, but I think this is from the way my stoma flops down. It is a little over an inch long at times, but can also shrink up to be less than 1/2 inch during peristalisis. Is yours like this? Is your stoma a loop or an end? Mine is a loop.
I have had good luck using the Eakin SLIMS with the Hollister new Image. I use both 1 piece and 2 piece, it just depends on how much time I have to change my system out. If I am in a hurry, I use the 1 piece.
I also use the Sween Cream and this has helped with the dry, red skin. I then use some powder and the No Sting barrier spray from 3M, and this has eliminated the itching. THANK GOD! The itching was driving me nuts. And when I am out of Eakin seals, like I am now, I use the paste.
I am just glad I found a product that I am happy with. YES! And the barrier seems to hold up pretty well with my mostly liquidy output.
Good Luck, Tracy
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. Parastomal hernia discovered in November, so more surgery, probably end ileostomy with relocation of stoma.