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October 27, 2019 11:13 pm  

How do you all remove hair from the area where your appliance adheres ? Thanks in advance!


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October 28, 2019 4:28 am  

Hi lg. I will shave around the stoma probably once a week. I wouldn’t use any hair removal creams, no hair means easier to remove the wafer and less chance of a leak following a hair.

ileostomy 31st August 1994 for Crohns


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IleosTony
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October 28, 2019 7:29 am  

Hi LG,

 

I don't do any hair removal now as there isn't much to remove anymore. Seems that over time the hair has thinned a bit, probably from around 10 months or so of removing appliances and adhesive. However, when I was in the hospital, the ostomy nurse taking care of me did shave there once. She didn't use anything fancy, no kind of lotion or anything else. Memory is a little fuzzy as I was floating in a sea of Dilaudid, but I seem to recall just a regular old single-blade electric shaver. Again, nothing to lubricate or the like, just a dry shave.

Tony
Crohn's diagnosed in 1995.
Spontaneous colon perforation and emergency end ileostomy surgery in 2018.
No colon - still rollin'!
No eyesight - life still bright!
Stomaversary - December 4th


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Robert
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October 28, 2019 12:29 pm  

Hey Ig

I too shave when I change my appliance . I use my regular razor but like the others say NO lotion etc. but I do use the soap that they give you to use when you are getting ready for surgery . The one I have is Dyna-Hex 4 it cleans and helps the razor from irritating the skin and leaves no residue I have never had a problem with my barrier not sticking afterward .

Subtotal colectomy , Ileostomy , Ulcerative Colitis


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Bill Bell
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October 28, 2019 2:06 pm  

Epilator and tweezers as per Eric's Suggestion a couple of years ago.  Only have to do it every two weeks or so then not much.  I used an electric shaver before that and didn't do as good of a job.

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Ulcerative Colitis... Ileostomy June 2016


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October 28, 2019 11:56 pm  

I use an electric razor (Braun series 7) to clean up the hair on my stomach.  It works great, but the skin needs to be completely free of adhesive or barrier ring residue.  Also use tweezers for some hair around the stoma that can be hard to reach.  Gillette razor works too but I started to feel the onset of irritation so went back to electric.  Maybe when I can stomach the pain, I'll tweeze all the hairs and use an epilator.  But not likely.   Good luck!


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VeganOstomy
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October 29, 2019 10:25 am  

I'm still using an epilator and tweezers when needed, and that's just to remove a few stray hairs here and there. Once you start epilating, the hair thins out and it becomes way more manageable. 

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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October 29, 2019 5:14 pm  

It would be nice if you guys had the option to get some kind of permanent hair removal before you got a stoma.

Onset of severe Ulcerative Colitus Oct.2012. Subtotal colectomy with illiostomy July 2015; Peristomal hernia repair ( Sugarbaker, mesh, laparoscopic) May 2017.


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October 29, 2019 6:15 pm  

It is not very often that I think "it is easier being a woman than a man", but this might just be one of those times.  😂

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VeganOstomy
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October 29, 2019 8:48 pm  
Posted by: @dona

It would be nice if you guys had the option to get some kind of permanent hair removal before you got a stoma.

Yup. There is an option of having laser hair removal, but it's not cheap from what I understand. 

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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November 1, 2019 2:54 am  

I know permanent hair removal is classified as "cosmetic". But, under the circumstances you would think for "male" recipients of an  ostomy & for "obvious" reasons, this form of repetitive posible ancient torture, should be covered. I would like to challenge any doubting Thomas,to apply a wafer to your hairiest body part, remove it & change it every  5 days (is that long enough to grow it  back guys?)  for 1 month as a reality check! I believe there would be swift changes made in what is covered and what is not! Gentlemen, you gave my sympathies!!!

Linda


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November 1, 2019 1:20 pm  

I agree Linda,

Constant pulling of individual hairs can lead to infection in the follicle. Not good underneath a wafer that has to seal. This should be a medical issue.

Onset of severe Ulcerative Colitus Oct.2012. Subtotal colectomy with illiostomy July 2015; Peristomal hernia repair ( Sugarbaker, mesh, laparoscopic) May 2017.


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VeganOstomy
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November 4, 2019 12:07 pm  
Posted by: @dlkfiretruck

But, under the circumstances you would think for "male" recipients of an  ostomy & for "obvious" reasons, this form of repetitive posible ancient torture, should be covered.

I have to agree and think it would be a very nice option! I'm sure it would reduce complications from ingrown hairs, therefore saving the healthcare system some money at the same time ;) 

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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