Skin vs Leakage

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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 6/2/2011 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
After checking most of the posts I don't see the best advice I was given
During bag change, any irritation was to be treated with a cotton ball soaked with Maalox.
After cleaning really well, , dab it on, let it dry, and continue with change such as powder and barrier prep.
That and shaving with a really good wet/dry electric shaver in the shower helped me tremendously.
Anyone else use Maalox? 

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   Posted 6/2/2011 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
What is Maalox?
I had no leakage problems for 3 weeks after the procolectomy. Then I went to a rehab clinic for 3 weeks in which I had constant leakage problems,these cleared up when I got home again. But in the meantime, to clear up the skin irritations so that the bag seal would stay uncompromised, I used stoma powder VERY sparingly, and an Eakin ring. Finally, it became clear that I need a convex light bag.
But I'd like to know about Maalox, because I'll have this stoma probably until January.

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   Posted 6/2/2011 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Maalox is an antacid, liquid stuff that you take for indigestion.

I haven't heard this tip before. Makes sense, as the output is very acidic, and that could neutralize it. But does it act as a barrier or help heal the irritation? I always have irritation near my stoma if I don't use an Eakin, and it doesn't seem like a bit of dried maalox would be as much protection as the Eakin. Do you use it right near your stoma too?

Welcome to the list! And thanks for the tip.
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

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   Posted 6/2/2011 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
There are a few threads on it but they might be a tad old...glad you mentioned it again!

Welcome to Healing Well!
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

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   Posted 6/2/2011 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Would it help to drink the maalox?

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   Posted 6/2/2011 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a family friend tell me that I should get a bottle of this once I have mine done and that it works awesome, she said someone in the hospital with her told her about it when she first got her colostomy.

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   Posted 6/2/2011 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Maalox or Mylanta work great (just don't get the mint kind - ouch!). Don't shake the bottle, skim the watery bit off the top and dab the thicker mixture on to your skin, let it dry (a hairdryer on it's lowest setting helps) then put the wafer on over the top. It works really well.

PS B'derech, drinking it doesn't help for your skin.
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.

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