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Painful Admission

Posted by newyorktorque, on Thu May 16, 2019 3:55 am

I just returned from the hospital where I was treated for a nasty infection around the stoma amongst other medical issues.  Some areas around the ostomy were so broken down that tried and true remedies (nystatin, skin barrier wipes, etc) were not working and I could not get a bag to stick.  The pain was so unbearable I was treated with morphine and hydrocodone throughout my stay.  Fortunately I was visited by the wound care nurses at the hospital.  I brought my own supplies and cut the bag adding barrier rings (I need to use).  The nurses cleaned up the (very red, irritated) skin then applied Medline Marathon.  That stuff burns!  They did however get the bag to stick.  I am still in a lot of pain and eating burns as well.  

Have any of you folks used this?  Its very expensive and I havent even tackled the medicare issue (will they cover this) yet.    I was told this dries very fast. Although I am home now, I am scared of the pain I may incur in an effort to remove this bag.  The nurses gave me 2 vials of marathon liguid and I am also afraid of the pain during application.  Tips, comments, ideas are all welcome.  Thank you! 

Reply by OstomySister, on Thu May 16, 2019 9:34 am

How sticky is Medline Marathon, sorry we’ve never used them. But if they are as sticky as the Coloplast Skin barriers. We’ve used this magical spray called sensi-care string free releaser spray for a year now and we can’t live without it https://www.ostomysecrets.com/sensi-care-sting-free-releaser-spray-150-ml. It works every time even removes tagaderm pain free no redness and pulling incessantly.

Reply by Uro2011, on Thu May 16, 2019 3:03 pm

I use Marathon and it’s amazing stuff. Dries fast and leaves a hard type of shell over your skin that gives it time to heal. I live in Canada and my extended health covers it, but it’s expensive. It’s about $14 per little vile/tube. I use it before every pouch change as a preventative measure. Amazing stuff! It was a life saver for me. 

Reply by nwcurtis, on Thu May 16, 2019 5:16 pm

I used a combination of nystatin and desitin as a paste. 

Reply by newyorktorque, on Fri May 17, 2019 3:25 pm

Well thanks all!  I had to change my bag today and was worried that the marathon substance would make pulling off the old bag difficult but it was no diff than any other day.  You were right URO2011 it did give my skin a barrier underwhich to start to heal.  There was still some redness but not like before I went into the hosp and couldnt get a bag to stick at all.  There is still some pain but not as bad.  I hope this means my skin is on the mend.  I hope I dont need it but I did order a small box of medline marathon, just in case.

Reply by Uro2011, on Fri May 17, 2019 4:15 pm

Keep using the marathon until your skin fully heals and then you can stop. I also spray hydrogen peroxide on the skin around my stoma and let it sit for a bit before dabbing it dry and then putting the marathon skin barrier on. It helps kill any bacteria. Doing both helps my skin heal quickly. Good luck! 

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