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Sure Seals causing rashes; is there anything similar?

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(@ironheart12)
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Hi guys; wish I'd come here years ago (didn't realize this site had a forum component). Anyway I've been using sure seals for the last decade or so, but I finally narrowed down that they're causing my rashes. The problem is I have a very round/oddly shaped stomach and the way that the stoma is placed it is very close to the rather large abdominal scar from my last emergency surgery. This is obviously not ideal and sure seals are the only thing that makes the wafer stick properly (tried with multiple wafers). 

Basically I've tried a LOT of products; from the Trio Silex Silicone flange extenders, to Pink Tape/Hytape, to Brava Coloplast Strips, to cutting duoderm strips and using that as a makeshift flange extender, to nu-hope medical adhesive (caused my skin to feel like it was on fire lol). I've tried pretty much everything I can think of and Sure Seals are the only thing that makes my wafer stick properly; is there ANYTHING that is similar but perhaps not the exact same formula?

I just want to be able to do high intensity aerobic workouts on a regular/consistent basis and not be terrified of showers :/

I'm trying my hardest to lose weight and burn the stomach fat but it's very hard to do when every time I go to the gym I have to change my pouch right after! 


   
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VeganOstomy
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Welcome!

I'm sorry that you're having trouble with the Sure Seals. They should be pretty hypoallergenic, which makes it even more unfortunate. 

I did review a similar product, but I can't honestly say whether they use the same film/adhesive or not. Perhaps you could request samples and test it out? https://www.veganostomy.ca/ostomyessentials-flange-seal-ring-review/

Before putting it around your stoma, what I usually do to test for sensitives is to cut a strip or square of *insert product I'm testing* and then stick it to a different part of my skin for several days to up to a week, and then see if it's red, sore, irritated. 

This way is much better than sacrificing skin around your stoma. 

On a side note, I use and recommend the Opsite Flexifix film: https://www.smith-nephew.com/professional/products/advanced-wound-management/opsite/opsite-flexifix/

It's very thin, and I find it super skin-friendly, and it might serve your purpose. 

Good luck!!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@ironheart12)
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@veganostomy Thank you Vegan Ostomy! I will try both of those; hopefully it will work. I'd imagine once I lose the weight and get my stomach to be more "flat" I can use the wafer by itself.


   
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@ironheart12 Good luck with your weight loss journey! I do find that weighing less helps to get a better fit, so I hope you notice improvements as you lose weight ???

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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