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Posted by koldkanuck, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:56 pm
  does anyone else have itching not the stoma itself but where the tape is, my wife is using a new two piece bag with wafer and something is causing a terrible itching, she is allergic to latex, i wonder if there is latex in the tape?
Reply by ambies, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:45 pm
Hi ,i had 2 piece bag and put tape around the edges,it worked for a while then i developed terriable itching where the tape went,i tried all sorts of different tapes only to find i reacted in the same way .With  the help of my stoma nurse it was trial and error trying different  things. Finally my nurse suggested i try one peice  bag, i ues Dansac nova one peice my skin stopped itching because with this appliance i dont need to ues any tape at all to keep things in place, also i ues a barrier wipe for the skin. I am much more confident uesing this one peice  and dont have to worry about securing `the flange edges. My skin cleared up and theres no more horrible itching.  tc ambies...
Reply by StomaStan, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:53 pm
I use a convatec two piece system with the moldable wafer, and it is incredible, no cutting or trimming, and it fits perfect,a nd I have never had an issue with leaks or skin irritation. But with the tape it has been trial and error as well. Living in Arizona, in the summer after I first got the colostomy, it was hard to keep secure because of the 115 degree heat, but I found some zinc oxide based waterproof tape that works great, and is easy on my skin, I dont care if it is pink or not! LOL
Reply by koldkanuck, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:57 pm
On 30.11.2011 12:14, David p Vandale Vandale wrote:
thank you.
we went from the one piece to the two because of various other
we use the barrier wipe and stomahesive powder too.
we had terrible leakage problems with the one piece,now we can go
from one change to another without the 2-5 bag changes in one day but
now the itching
do not want to go back to the one piece  thanx for info though
Reply by koldkanuck, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:58 pm
thank you stan will try that
Reply by ambies, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:09 pm
No problem kanuck, hope you find something that helps. if i have any other ideas  i will post it on here..Good luck ambies
Reply by Possum, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:37 pm
Itchy = allergy. I put up with terrible irritation and itchyness until a stomal therapy nurse told me that I was allergic to the barrier film I was suing. I've gone over to Hollister and had no problems since. I use a Eakin Seal and a Dermacol Collar together as a barrier against leaking. It's very successful as I have short bowel syndrome and my output is very liquid. Good luck!
Reply by ~traci~, on Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:48 am
Do you have aet nurse? If not call the company and tell them what is happening. They will beable to guide you as too why your itchy. If you feel itchy with in a couple of hours I would say that you could be having a reaction to the tape. People are offten alergic to the tape or adhevsive that they use. Is that all that is new to you? No new paste ,barrier cream ect. could also be the cause. I get itchy when its time for me to change the flange every time!!!Good luck!!
Reply by Rabbit, on Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:27 am
A few years back a bandaid I was wearing got very wet and resulted in a pretty nasty rash. Now with the devices- I itch too. An ostomy nurse helped me find the least itchy but for me keeping it dry helps the most. As an experiment- try wrapping with plastic wrap (all the way around) when you take you take a shower. It may still get a little wet- but use a hair dryer to dry off. If it helps, you probably are allergic to the combination of moisture and the adhesive. Sweating will result in the same situation so some people use a washcloth to keep drier. If you cut a hole a little larger then the flange and push the bag through so it hangs from the flange, it keeps the plastic off your skin. Put the hole in a corner to get maximum use of the cloth.

You can also cut pieces of different adhesives and put them on your skin to test. Try getting them wet too.

I get what I call the ring of fire. A very light application of an over the counter hydracordazone cream really helps take the rash down. But the adhesive will likely not stick very well so you might have to attack it an area at a time.

Good luck!
Reply by sewingdee, on Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:19 am
HI: I also was allergic to the tape. A Ostomy nurse told me to wash the skin with soap and water, rinse well, then sprinkle the skin with Stomahesive power(convatec) then lightly tap around the area with AllKare Protective barrier wipe to keep the poweder on the skin. Let the AllKare dry a minute or two then put your barrier on. I had terrible trouble also and now follow this procedure every time in I change my flange. If the skin is really bad, go toyour doctor and ask for a powder called Nystatin powder(can get the generic called Nystop) and it will get rid of the itchy rash. HOpe this helps
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Reply by Past Member, on Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:28 am
I had a colostomy 6 yrs. ago; went through trial and error a long time before I found out what works for me.  I had a lot of itchy, bleeding skin all the time.  Now I use a Coloplast 14175 one piece with a 4" Hollister barrier; my skin has been really great ever since. I put paper tape around the edge to keep it adhering like it should.  Hope this helps.
Lots of great ideas here on this site also.  Thanks everyone!!
Reply by ilsn2u, on Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:22 pm
Everyone is different...see your ostomy nurse, if you can.  Different products from a different company might solve the problem--it's trial and error.  But stomahesive powder might also help--just be sure to wipe off any excess before you put the flange on, as too much powder will cause the flange to not stick as well.  I shower daily with my appliance on and have had no problems with the wet flange--I usually put a piece of dry paper toweling around the flange while I'm getting dressed and that dries the flange more quickly.
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