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   Posted 9/6/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband had surgery in June and has an ileostomy.  Things have been going pretty good until about a week ago.  My husband now has a red rash that itches under his wafer.  We are going to call the ET nurse tomorrow at the Cleveland Clinic and hopefully they can assist with what is happening.  Has anyone else ever had this problem and what was the treatment?  My husband uses the Hollister New Image system.  He also started to wear a support belt by Phoenix two weeks ago that has the bag turned sideways.  He loves the belt because it allows him to wear his suits more comfortably.  We are trying to figure this out and why it has just started.  Your help is appreciated.

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   Posted 9/6/2007 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Is the rash under the wafer, or under the tape part of the appliance?

Could it be infected hair folicles?  Men sometimes get that.


Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 9/6/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
It is located under the adhesive part of the wafer. 

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   Posted 9/7/2007 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I have that. (the rash and the Hollister appliance). My skin is just naturally sensitive. I've used the powders - just made it harder for the adheasive to stick, so now I just use 3M's No Sting real good for a skin barrier. At least that 'seals' the rash off, and I change my appliance every 2 to 3 days. It happens a lot when it is pretty hot and humid outside.
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.

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   Posted 9/7/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Is he using the paste? I know i'm having the same issue. My nurse put me on some meds to help it out. But the one area the rash isn't is where the paste is. Mine is mostly on the area where the tape part hits the skin.
Crohn's for what seems like forever
Bagged in August 2006

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   Posted 9/7/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Lots people are allergic to certain adhesives. You may want to call Hollister and tell them what's going on, ask for a sample of a flange that uses a different tape/adhesive. In the mean time, skin barriers help a lot, and 3M No Sting is also my favorite.
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

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