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   Posted 9/11/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
We need help! My 7 year old daughter has had an iliostomy for over a year now. All summer she has had an irriattion under her wafer. Now it's a full blown mess! It covers about one third around the stoma. Our ET says it's yeast and we have been using nystatin powder, dabbing it with no-sting barrier wipes and praying we get more than 24 hours out of it. Poor kid! It starts coming up and we both freak out. Any advise form anyone. We are new to this forum but I know from experience, ostomates know best! Please help!
Lou and Lucy

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   Posted 9/11/2007 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
this may sound extremely stupid and it may not work for this, cause the yeast might be diff, but when i was preg, i got thrush and a yeast infection, well diflucan, you can't take when you are preg, so i just suffered, then i got on this pineapple kick (you know the cravings, lol) and ate a ton of fresh pineapple and they both cleared up! they didn't actually get cured, cause when i quit eating it, they came back, a little, then i went and ate some more pineapple and this time they were gone.
I have no idea if it would work for that, because it's outside the skin, and it may not even be the same kind of yeast, but i don't suppose it would hurt to try. Just be careful cause pineaplle can be stringy, maybe you could try juice first.
hope she feels better!
other than that, i think that the wipes are probably the best bet, but i dont know if you know this, cause i didnt' if you use those lollipop looking no sting things, they have about three times the stuff in them that the wipes do, so you should use about three wipes to get that effect. I had a lot of trouble wtih the no sting stuff and my wafer not sticking too.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Weebomb, I have had my Ileostomy since July 23. My skin is infected under the wafer as well. My HomeReach nurses believe it is a yeast infection. I've been using the Nystatin powder as well. I'm also taking Diflucan. I spoke to the ET Nurse at the hopsital who I'm seeing tomorrow at the Wound Center. She thought it sounded like I have Dermatitus. After checking out this website (type in the link below), it definately looks like Dermatitus. The only thing that is clearing it up is by letting it air dry and using the blow dryer (on low). I should know more tomorrow. I know I'm allergic to the Hollister Paste. I believe this is how it all started. Good luck! Let me know what works for you in the future.

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   Posted Yesterday 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My skin was a nightmare when I had my ostomy several weeks ago. The hospital gave me Convetec samples before I went home. After a couple of days the skin around my stoma was completely gone. It looked like it had been burned off by acid. My skin peeled away like thin tissue paper. I tried several things to help ...No Sting Spray, Adapt Powder, Nystatin Power, and I swtiched to Holister brand wafers. Within a week my skin looked and felt better. I was not sure which one of the things I did worked because I did them all at the same time...However, recently, I ran out of Holister wafers and bags and had to use the Convetec Durahesive because that is all I had on hand. That was 4 days ago...well today, my skin is bleeding again and burning. Now I know the problem...I am having an allergic reaction to Convetec. This brand eats through my skin like acid and it is all I have to wear. Holister is sending me some wafers and bags, but they will not get to me until Thursday.

I encourage you to contact other manufacturers and see if they make bags for people with sensitive skin. I feel for your poor daughter. My skin feels like I am being tortured. I cannot imagine how she is handling this problem. Remember, peanut butter and marshmellows stop your stoma for a while. Maybe she can eat some PB on a spoon and then try to be free of the bag for a few hours. She can hold a wash cloth to her stoma and lay on a towel to give herself a break.
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