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Reaching With Ostomy Bag

I’m scheduled for a RC/IC February 28. Because I have sensitive skin, I’m concerned about adhesives, etc, but am working with the doctor to find the best bag/adhesive for me to wear. It’s occurred to me, however, that in merely reaching to comb my hair or to get something from an upper shelf, etc., that I’ll be “stressing” the adhesive-skin barrier and setting up possible irritation. I’d appreciate any first-hand experience. Thanks!

  1. @dusty - There are many different options for barriers and bags and also many of us have sensitive skin but still are able to wear these without issues. I am happy to hear that you are being proactive and working with a doctor now. The barriers or wafers that adhere to your body have adhesive on them but it is not like applying a glue or liquid product. I have never had a problem and feel confident that you will also find a product that works for you. As for strain on the adhesive, you will find that these are made to stay put. I do all sorts of things and have not had problems with pulling on the adhesive. What you will find is that you can get back to your pre-surgery activities and maybe more. I do more at 71 than I did 10 years ago without an ostomy. Good luck You got this !! Linda ( moderator, Bladdercancer.net team member)

    1. Thanks, Linda. I appreciate your ongoing support!

      1. @Dusty - absolutely !! Been there done that and I can tell you it is so so much easier with support from those who have been through it. Ask away anytime!! Linda ( moderator, Bladdercancer.net team member)

    2. firstly hi. Wishing you the best of luck for the operation. You can get flange extenders which are banana shape part rings you can put round your bag to secure it once on. Some people use only for eg. Swimming. The bags are designed to stay stuck and move with your body. Great you are already planning ahead with your doctor. Good luck. Laura, Moderator, BladderCancer.net

      1. don’t hesitate to ask any questions as you think of them. Usually myself or someone else here will have some advice. Laura, Moderator, BladderCancer.net

      2. how are you getting in? Laura, Moderator, BladderCancer.net

    3. Hi, I also have sensitive skin. when I first started with the ostomy bag my skin broke. open. I used a medicated powder from my supplier for about a week or 2 (suggested by my doctor). The issue cleared up and I have not had a problem since. Good luck

      1. thanks for sharing
        your experience and tip. I find Ostomy powder works well too. Laura, Moderator, BladderCancer.net

      2. @soulmates92 - great news and thank you for sharing this info as it helps others who may have he same issue. Sometimes it is just a trial and error method to find out what works. My best. Linda ( moderator, Bladdercancer.net team member)

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