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Skin Under Flange/wafer Gets Itchy Within 12hrs Of It On??!!

Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:52 am
Hi all,
I was wanting to know if it is norm for the skin to get itchy so soon after it was put on.
I have always had this prob since i have had an illeo. in May this year.
Is it norm because it is still so early after op?
It gets that bad it drives me so crazy that I scratch it that much that around the wafer gets really red and sore
I have tried all brands and all the same, atm i am using Convatec.
PLEASE I NEED HELP!!!
Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:18 am
Hi, sounds like you may be allergic to the hydrocolloid the flanges are made of? If so - really have no clue how you can solve that one? Have you tried taking an anti-histamine tablet for allergies, that may stop the itch which will then give the skin a little longer to heal itself between changes ....

Or - how often do you change your pouch? It may be that changing it often has caused the skin to break down and maybe get fungal infection in there? I have heard theat calamine lotion can help with this, but you also may need some anti-fungal prep too ....

Failing that have you seen your stoma nurse for advice?

Hope some of that might help?

Take care

Rach xxxx
Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:18 am
it does get itchy and depense on the person as to how bad. i have found that the stoma powder can help sometimes and i find that eakin seals help reduce itchiness close to the stoma for me
Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:25 am
benzion makes a cover on your skin not to expensive here in states either and try a lotion that they use for chicken pox to take the ichy away i can come close to spelling calimine lotion it takes itchy away and so does oatmeal put it in a sock and get it wet put the paste on skin  works really good at stoping the ichy
Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:26 am
                                 
lottagelady wrote:
Hi, sounds like you may be allergic to the hydrocolloid the flanges are made of? If so - really have no clue how you can solve that one? Have you tried taking an anti-histamine tablet for allergies, that may stop the itch which will then give the skin a little longer to heal itself between changes ....

Or - how often do you change your pouch? It may be that changing it often has caused the skin to break down and maybe get fungal infection in there? I have heard theat calamine lotion can help with this, but you also may need some anti-fungal prep too ....

Failing that have you seen your stoma nurse for advice?

Hope some of that might help?

Take care

Rach xxxx


It would not surprise me that i'm allergic as i am to Micropore.
i have tried changing them daliy, every other day, 3-4 days you name it.
I have since b4 i can remember i have had itchy skin but no visiable sign as to why. i always thought cause my skin is dry. but it is so much worse where the bag attatches to me. everywhere else is fine just scratch a tiny bit more than normal people would.
i have told my nurse but she said it was normal at first but it getting worse but i will contact my nurse again and see what she says.
thanx
Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:29 am
Hi, as to the chicken pox stuff do i put it on b4 i put the flange on???
Cause it gets itchy under (only where it is sticky) as well as around.
Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:47 am
i answered you on another post, i still don't think it's normal, my ileo is 2 yr old and it's never itched at all. it got to be in the products you're using.............
Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:43 am
pundy asked me to tell you to try putting a bag on another site and see if you have the same reaction
Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:02 pm
Putting a wafter on the other side to see if that starts to itch, is an excellent idea.  That will definately let you now if it is an allergic reaction or not.  This sight is excellent...so many smart ostomates...love you all!
Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:35 pm
you would put calimine lotion on b4 you put your wafferon and put the benzion on on top so it seals let it dry then apply your glue and waffer
Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:30 pm
Hi, I had severe itching after my ileo op. The stoma nurse was brilliant - I tried lots of different types of bags, then found one that fit and didn't leak. Then the stoma nurse got my to use an ostomy powder to cover the red sore skin. This let the bag make a proper seal around the stoma. I don't have any problems now and have been using the same style bag for about 9 years!
Hope you get this sorted soon

p.s. the idea about putting the bag on a different location is brilliant!!!!
Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:55 am
                                 
Eddie80 wrote:
Hi all,
I was wanting to know if it is norm for the skin to get itchy so soon after it was put on.
I have always had this prob since i have had an illeo. in May this year.
Is it norm because it is still so early after op?
It gets that bad it drives me so crazy that I scratch it that much that around the wafer gets really red and sore
I have tried all brands and all the same, atm i am using Convatec.  
PLEASE I NEED HELP!!!


Hey Eddie,
I had a colostomy up until 6 months ago when my colon was reattached and an ileostomy inserted and I had problems much the same as you until I started using Eakin seals. I was ignorant of what was available and I could not believe the difference the seals made.

I now wear the same pouch for at least 4 days with no problems before the seal tends to break down and itchiness begins. As soon as this happens I change it immediately as it begins to burn the skin quickly. They also eliminated the leakage probs I was having completely.
Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:35 pm
sounds like allergy to me, need to get hollister tapeless flanges, some people are sensitive to a lot of the products. I couldn't use hollister with tape but have no problems with the tapeless. I use convatec with the paper tape and like it or hollister. Call the company reps and ask for samples of different products and they will help. It may be skin barrier wipes that are the problem. If you have ostomy support group in your area attend there are lots of ideas there and loads of advice on what can work           Sherry
Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:06 pm
I live in a very tropical and warm climate. Lots of sweat.
I had the same problem until I found Cortizone-10 in a roll on applicator.
I simply roll on this cortizone-10 once a day around my wafer.
Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:16 pm
Try Cprtozpme-10 in a roll on applicator, works for me.
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