I am sorry you had such a hard time removing the adhesive from your skin. I carry a small bottle of a 3/4 solution of water and 1/4 vinegar. It seems to work well for me. At home I've thought about making a small jar of baking soda and peroxide paste to see if that works.
Try it at home and see if it works for you. If it does maybe you could keep some in your purse.
OUCH! You must go through the ceiling when you apply a 25% solution of vinegar to your skin especially when your skin is excoriated which often is the case when pulling off the wafer. Your tolerance to pain must be high. But, I am glad it works for you.
PB i use Dansac applyiance it just has a pretty good adherence on the adhesive side ,so showering or batheing it tends to stick very well, so i always ues the remover. The thought of uesing something natural made a good question to ask ,as i have never asked on a blog befor ..
Mrs A thank you for your feed back ,it sounds like it could work ,but i would be careful too on any broken skin. The mineral oil sounds a good idea too that one i may try as a fall back if and when i may run out lol tc and ty ambies...
I like how the witch hazel moisturizes without residue
Thank you all for your feed back so far they have all been interesting naturals ..tc all ambies ..
Strong adhesives are no joke. I don't like the adhesive on Convatec wafers because they are so difficult to remove.
I still get adhesive remover and skin barrier spray with my prescription in the UK! However, I had the feeling that these were being supplied as complimentary items along with wet and dry wipes and disposal bags. They not being charged to the surgery. Perhaps you should make enquiries with your supplier. I use Charter Healthcare if that helps.
I found that my skin was getting very sore slowly pulling the flange off with remover spay even though I was using barrier spray. One day I got a bit impatient (as I do sometimes) and ripped it off quickly without the remover spray. Amazingly this hurt a little but did not make me sore. It worked much better for me so I've been doing it ever since. I still use the remover spray for getting rid of the annoying residue of glue that stays in a ring around the ostomy. I've come to the conclusion that it's best to keep experimenting to see what works best. That's the beauty of this site where people share their experiences and their experimentations.
I have had times that adhesive remover wasn't approved, however, when I filed a complaint and letter to state why I needed it, I was able to get it approved.
Hope this helps
I use Appeel it's only available on prescription, I'm not sure about any other makes. In the last copy of the ia journal there was a stoma nurse saying we shouldn't use adhesive remover because of how much it's costing the NHS, and some doctors having been telling patients they don't need to use as many ostomy bags. I'm thinking of changing supplier (I've been having problems with mine recently) so I will look into Charter, Thank you.
I use Appeel wipes too. So what do the Stoma nurses say with what are we to remove the plaster with?
Makes me mad at the thought of Dr's telling their patients that they don't need to use so many bags.
Next minute we will be told to put them in the washing machine and put them on the line to dry.
In what way are you having trouble with your supplier?
It would be difficult to have to change the flange in a public restroom. I would probably do a quick job of it, then redo it at home if possible.
Since I first read this post I've been trying different things (just for experimentation!)
I found that fresh aloe vera removed the flange and the glue but it is a bit messy compared to a remover spray. However, it does leave the skin feeling good. I used a dry-wipe to remove it as toilet tissue seems to disintegrate.
TIP: do not - I repeat - DO NOT do as I did and rub the aloe vera in straight from the leaf of the plant. The leaf has a sharp edge (which I hadn't noticed when using it this way before on normal skin) This sharp edge managed to 'nick' a small hole in my protruding stoma and it is taking a long time to heal. This is one of the hazards of experimentation and learning from experience so Hopefully you can learn from my experience and avoid this sort of accident.
NB: I always keep an Aloe vera plant in the house as it is fantastic for things like burns, scalds as it seems to prevent the blisters from forming.
Best wishes Bill