What ostomy products do you find to be most gentle on skin?

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   Posted 6/4/2011 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Daughter is having surgery Monday and just wondering what products are the most gentle to the skin.  I worry about irritation around the stoma.

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   Posted 6/5/2011 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelsie -- the fact it is truly a trial and error type situaion in the beginning as there are so many different manufacturers and products out there. Your daughter's stoma nurse will give you the initial basic instruction and no doubt different materials(booklets) to take with you. Be prepared with your questions and take notes. You will form other questions too when you observe too.

This forum will be a great resouce IF and when you have an questions or problems.

My husband went for almost 3 months with no leaks and no problems until his skin decided it did not like the adhesive on the wafer he was using. There was a little irritation here and there we treated in different ways until we found what seemed to help until it became apparent a change in appliance was needed.

Just go with the flow right now as it will be so new and you basically need to accept what the hospital indoctrinates you to anyway.

If the hospital lines up some in home care nursing assistance with your ins. company then they will order some supplies to supplement what the hospital gives you to take home with you.

I had already set up an account with a distributor before the hospital so the ins. info was on file with them and they just needed our first order faxed to them just before the in home nursing care stopped. The hospital ostomy nurse should give you a signed order from the Dr which states the medical condition of your daughter which justifies the supplies needed for ins. purposes. I also got a detailed sheet that listed the type of supplies needed/recommended for my husband to fax along with the Dr. statement FYI.

If you can get the ostomy nurse to get you an inflatable "waffle cushion" which will get put onto the hospital bill that will be a big help for her sore tush.

Good luck and let us know how she does and any other ? you may have.
Wife of 64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) & now pain free

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   Posted 6/5/2011 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelsie, good luck and I'll be thinking of your daughter tomorrow!

It's a good idea to ask this question ahead of time, perhaps you can prevent skin irritation before it starts. I have a freakishly overactive immune system and I was allergic to all the ostomy adhesives except for the Coloplast Sensura system. Coloplast supposedly has the most hypoallergenic products, but everybody's bodies are different and may react to different things.
Diagnosed with UC in 2007
Flare in 2007 causing anemia requiring blood transfusions, eventually controlled by asacol and 6-MP.
Flared again in 2009 as 6-MP lost effectiveness, went on TPN and received more blood. Started Remicade, which induced remission.
Flared 2010; Remicade no longer effective.
Had 1st surgery of 3 step j-pouch at CC on 1/19/11. 2nd slated for April, and j-pouch in July!

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   Posted 6/5/2011 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
The Eakin rings are great for irritation around the stoma. I started using them very early on. The hospital didn't have them, so it might be good to get some samples elsewhere.

Hope the surgery goes well. Will be thinking of you both!
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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