Stoma Products Reviews

Stoma Products Review: Salts Adhesive Remover Spray and Wipes

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When I first had surgery for my Ileostomy in 2015, one of the first products I had at home was the Salts Adhesive Remover Spray. Over the years I have tried many different ones and then at The Purple Wings Charity Photoshoot in March this year, I ran out and my friend Annie gave me a spare bottle that she had which was the Salts one.

 I went onto the Salts website and ordered another sample so I could use it more than once and review it so other ostomates can read about the different products that are available. After calling Salts they also asked if I would like sample of the Adhesive Remover Wipes which also smell of peppermint and of course I said yes!

So now I will talk about using the products. Salts recommend using the Adhesive Remover Spray to peel the edges of the flange and then to use the Adhesive Remover Wipes to remove the pouch itself. The first thing I noticed about the product was the lovely smell of peppermint! Usually when changing my stoma bag there is always a slight smell which is totally normal but with this spray, there was no smell present at all. After using my other stoma products, I put them all into my stoma wash bag and tied up the disposable bag and put it in the bin, usually after changing my bag a smell lingers for a while. However when I went into the bathroom afterwards, the only smell was of peppermint!

Throughout the day, my skin felt so refreshed from the peppermint and it was really pleasant. I even have gotten my partner who also has an Ileostomy to try it and he absolutely loves it! I asked him what he thought about it and this is what he said:

“It is really refreshing and made my skin around my stoma feel really fresh. It made taking off my pouch really easy and quick, whilst being pain free with no irritation to my skin.”

The wipes took off any left over adhesive from the skin completely pain free and quickly too. I would highly recommend these products and if you would like to order a sample or take a look at their products, then please click here. You can also follow them via Instagram @saltshealthcare and twitter @SaltsHealthcare.

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Stoma Products Review: Pelican Vitamin E Bags

Today I am sampling the Pelican Platinum vitamin E ostomy convex bag, after seeing these on social media and knowing @crohnsfighting and how well the bags have been for her, I wanted to sample these bags to see if they would also be good for me!

They arrived this morning (13th March) and I received a lovely letter informing me about the product, that they are available on prescription and should I have any issues or questions to contact them with the contact details!

My first thoughts were great! The bottoms of the bags were already closed up so there was no issues with all the bags sticking together inside the packaging. The only thing I was a bit unsure about was that there is no measuring guide on the actual flange itself, to know how big you are cutting. As I don’t have a stoma template I have had to guess how to cut it. However this is perfect for a newbie ostomate, if your stoma is still changing size.

The ostomy bag is a lovely nude/skin colour and works really well with the skin and it is much less visible than most other ostomy bags out there when on the stomach. It is also very light and the shape is great! For me it’s also another benefit that the shape isn’t too different to my current bags because I can still wear my stoma bag covers.

The aim of the vitamin E range ostomy bags are designed to do:

  • Moisturize – To help nourish the delicate skin around the stoma and prevent dryness. It also hydrates the skin and helps to prevent water loss.
  • Faster Healing – To help improve the skin condition by repairing skin that has been damaged through skin stripping.
  • Kinder To Skin – To help reduce skin damage and skin redness with antioxidant properties.
  • Anti-Inflammatory – To help minimise skin irritation caused by pouch application and removal.

 

So what is the product like when on?

Putting the bag on was extremely easy and the wafer flange stuck instantly without any peeling at all. As you can see in the pictures above and below, the colour really blends in well! I also love how small the velcro and sides at the bottom are. I have had the bag on for over an hour and still there is no peeling at all and my stoma feels safe and secure. I will be using this bag again!

The convex is also perfect for me because there is no pressure or pain when wearing this ostomy bag. It also ensures that I don’t have a leak. I really love how even without a bag cover on, I cannot feel the bag at all unless Lola decides to trump! I highly recommend this product for new ostomates!

To  order a sample from the Pelican Healthcare range, please click here.

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Stoma Product Review: Trio Pearls

Having high output can be difficult to deal with. During the day you are emptying more than normal or if this is normal for you then it’s the case of emptying all day, every day. At night you are up and down from the toilet. You get leaks because of the nights and days running back and forth and have sore skin from the leakage.

Some days I get high output too (although my usual is constipation) with my Ileostomy and it can be a nightmare when Immodium doesn’t work like you want or need it to. I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Instagram and seen that Trio Healthcare Ltd (instagram name trioostomycare) do absorbing agents called pearls. I read that when inside your bag, they absorb the liquid inside! Instantly I knew I needed some as that day was a high output day.

I recieved them in the post really quickly! I had been waiting for another high output day to try these and a few days ago I had a day of high output of water and was able to finally try them out!

I opened the packet and yep you guessed it – I spilt some all over the place! I am quite clumsy! (I then read on the website you put the sachet in your bag and the packet dissolves whilst the product absorbs!) Anyway, I opened the bottom of my bag and gave it a good clean then put half of the packet of pearls inside. When I next needed to empty my bag, I noticed that my ouput was thicker and pretty much normal!

I then left my bag to fill up again after just to make sure it was the pearls and not my output changing. It stayed like water! I wish I had put a full packet in as I think the outcome would have been much better. If liquid output or should i say – water ouput is something you have problems with then definitely give these pearls a try!

To order your sample click here.

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Stoma Product Review: Trio Siltac Ostomy Seal

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Trio Siltac Silicone – Ostomy Seal

Making the change to try different ostomy seals, I was apprehensive. I kept having leaks and my skin was burning daily!

I ordered some samples from the Trio Healthcare Ltd website and these beautifully packaged seals arrived by post in just a few days. When it came to bag change day, I took them out the packaging and wasn’t sure how to apply at first. I then realised they expand so easily and once placed around the stoma, the seal doesn’t lose shape. So the silicone is definitely easier to apply than most I have tried.

I also found that they are nice and slim which ensures the ostomy bag to stick well and flush to the skin. The size of my stoma is around the 20mm mark so I used the 20mm – 28mm and they are on my prescription list now! I also use the adhesive remover and skin barrier sprays with these ostomy seals which you can find here.

On a personal preference, I like to air out my skin after cleaning before applying anything onto the skin and drying the stoma first before putting the ostomy seal onto the skin to ensure it sticks well. If I have a bad leak, I use calamine lotion but on all good and bad days I stick to these go-to products!