Cost-Effective Alternatives for Durable Summer Medical Supplies

Jun 21, 2024 8:42 pm

Does anybody know of a better product that holds up in the summertime? My wallet gets destroyed every summer in between Libre 2 sensors, three this week because of the heat. I use the Hollister convex with the Hollister barrier ring, sometimes 3 a day. I'm very active and very sweaty, but I'm a cash customer. Does anybody know of a better product or a way to slow it down from deteriorating, other than the obvious go inside where it's cool or don't move?

Jun 21, 2024 10:55 pm

Living in Florida full time, I use ConvaTec products. Suggest you give them a shout out, explain your situation regarding the warm climate, and try their samples. Best of luck. Remember to stay hydrated in the warmer weather đź‘Ť

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Jun 21, 2024 11:27 pm

I also use Convatec. I don't work outside. You might try Ostomy Secrets underwear. There is a separate pouch to put your bag in so that the cloth barrier should help the sweating issue.

Jun 22, 2024 6:34 am

Hello Mr, bonson.
Thank you for your post and I can empathise with your plight.
Heat wasn't the problem for me but I do tend to sweat lot and the wafers hardly stayed on for a day.
It's some time ago now that I focussed my mind (& DIY skills) on this issue and what I realised was the problem lies with the wafer adhesion, rather than anything else about the products.
I set about making my own 'wafers' out of more robust material (old PVC facia board to be precise). These were shaped to my needs and held on by prosthetic glue and an elastic belt (from Coloplast). The manufactured devices were stuck onto my baseplate and tended to last for several months.
DIY is not for everyone, but if (& when) it works, it can be bespoke for the individual and far superior to anything manufactured.
If you want some pictures, I think there are one or two on my profile.
Best wishes

Jun 22, 2024 7:45 am

I use Hollister and sweat a lot too, never an issue.

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Jun 22, 2024 5:09 pm

I also use Hollister. HO11203 with HO8805 ring and a Coloplast belt. Lately, it has been 80-90 degree days gardening, golfing, and deck building with a lot of sweat. I change in 5 days but could go longer. I do believe the belt helps tremendously.

Jun 22, 2024 7:24 pm
Reply to wef

Sometimes two a day, I'm near a lot of lazy people who wouldn't dare bend over for you, even if you beg them. I can't stand to see trash on the ground. I got to bend over and pick it up because I have one of those Gophers with me all the time, but I'm not that old yet. I'll probably have one before long. Thank you.

Jun 22, 2024 7:44 pm

Hi, have you tried the Trio silicone rings? Is the issue liquid output dissolving the barrier/rings, or is it an adhesive issue? Ostomy belts are great for handling that. Made in China, ostomy belts are available on Amazon for less than 30 bucks. They made a big difference for me. I am also super active, doing a lot of squatting and picking up things. Without the belt, I had to change every other day or daily due to the barrier not holding. Convatec makes one that turtlenecks around the stoma.

Jun 22, 2024 7:57 pm
Reply to Riva

I also use ConvaTec, specifically Durahesive, not Stomahesive, wafers. They seem to mold to my skin and stay put very well. And I live through Florida summers.

Jun 22, 2024 10:06 pm

I use Coloplast Sensura Mio. I feel like the plastic is a bit thicker than other samples I've tried. Also, I started using Skin Tac Adhesive Wipes... they are crazy awesome. No more issues after a workout sweat.

Jun 23, 2024 3:52 am
Reply to Bill

Thanks. I like things that seem weird to people. As long as I like it, that's all that matters. I'll check it out.

Jun 23, 2024 4:00 am
Reply to Mr.bonson

Make sure to shave the area around the stoma. Then I use Eakin rings and Coloplast Sensura Mio deep convex. Then a hair dryer to activate the adhesives better.

Jun 23, 2024 12:13 pm

Post-op & 3 yrs on Hollister. Flimsiest flange & pouch on the market. Got leaks in bed, in front of the TV, in my car, & on a 7 ml hike. Small prolapse & Hollister made it hurt & bleed. Switched to Convatec 2 yrs ago. Their flexible flange fits nicely & no irritation or leaks. The material is tough & won't fray. Harder to remove than Hollister. Their pouch is more durable as well. No leaks in 2 yrs!

Jun 23, 2024 1:53 pm

I use a 2-piece Convatec, both Durahesive and Stomahesive (double ostomate). It lasts about 3 days in the summer. I'm active - biking, yoga, and occasionally swimming. Ha - this sounds like "I like walks on the beach." The 3M adhesive spray helps with the sticking factor.

Jun 23, 2024 6:30 pm

I live in Florida. I use Coloplast Sensura Mio convex light and Coloplast Brava moldable rings. The moldable rings and convex have been a game changer. I show dogs and am out in the heat running and training every day. I can go at least 5 days. I haven't had a leak in years. I have an ileostomy. The Brava moldable rings work like crazy glue! I've tried others; these work the best for me. I've also cut and shaped the rings and attached them to the edge of the barrier, just as an experiment. It worked great, I had to really work to get it off, but I don't really need to do that, I was just trying it out for an "in case" moment.

Jun 23, 2024 7:59 pm

I use a simple terry cloth baby bib that I snap or Velcro around my pouch so that it keeps the sweat away from the pouch. It works for me and is cheap. I usually can find them at dollar stores.

Jun 23, 2024 11:34 pm

Hello Bonson, I lived in San Antonio—very humid there. I do not like Hollister products—switch to Coloplast products. Maybe more $$, but much better product and the seal is fantastic.