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Skin around the waffer  


Joined: 4 months ago
Posts: 7
May 28, 2020 11:14 pm  

Hello everyone

I have had lots of leaks thanks to the warmer weather. Gardening has caused many poop explosions lately. Luckily, it's my own yard and I can deal with it but my skin under the waffer is red and a little painful. It is not the skin directly around the stoma. I use a skin barrier but i am wondering if there is anything i can try to ease the redness and pain without risking the waffer not my sweat is already breaking down the glue.

Thanks for any suggestions


Joined: 3 years ago
Posts: 1569
May 29, 2020 2:29 am  

Hi Sharon, If you don’t already try using a barrier ring as a first line of defence. With extra activities could clothing be rubbing or causing restrictions. Cavlion is great at soothing soreness but like all products use sparingly. Make sure skin is perfectly dry before applying wafer. Lastly if peeling from the edge is a problem maybe  a wafer extender . 

Joined: 4 months ago
Posts: 76
May 29, 2020 7:05 am  

Hi Sharon

My stoma nurses recommend using calamine lotion on any red skin put some on let it dry before putting on the wafer. They recommend always having some calamine lotion to hand hopefully that's a top tip from the experts 8-) 

Joined: 6 years ago
Posts: 2873
May 29, 2020 8:07 am  

Hi Sharon,

Are you using a "regular wear" wafer or an "extended wear"? The latter is better suited for sweat and may work better for you. 

If you are only experiencing redness, give your skin some open air during changes and perhaps change your appliance a little sooner than you normally would if you are sweating more often.  

If you notice any raw patches or dots, I suggest speaking with your stoma nurse to rule out a fungal infection, which can be more common this time of the year. 

Best of luck to you !


Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 166
May 29, 2020 2:35 pm  

what bags are you using and how often are you changing them?    you might change a day sooner to avoid leaks.   I can bend all day for 3-4 days with a 1 piece coloplast sensura. much less with other brands.  2 days with a convatech for an example. 

 when you're a lot more active than usual, need to do a close inspection of the flange morning and night.  I do not like the taped boarder flange of the hollister because you can not "see" a leak coming as with a semi transparent flange/waffer material.

if the picture downloads you can see a leak migrating outwards by my index finger. if Iam not that active, I can go 1 more day, very active, change the bag.