Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment and Its Many Benefits

Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier OintmentIs your skin red, inflamed, or itchy from eczema or psoriasis?
Do you suffer from skin irritations due to urinary or fecal incontinence?
Do you have a wound, insect bite, minor burn, or scrape that needs attention?

You may benefit from using Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment if you are experiencing any of these skin issues. Over 80 years ago, Calmoseptine was created by a pharmacist to treat diaper rash in infants. Since then, the formula has relieved various other skin conditions. This multi-purpose moisture barrier helps heal and protect irritated and inflamed skin and is an excellent product to add to your first-aid kit.

Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment is a cost-effective option to temporarily relieve discomfort and itching and is available in the pharmacy without needing a prescription. It has been honored as being named the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Incontinence-Related Skin Protectant Product of 2022-2023 by U.S. News & World Report. This product is highly effective and has a long list of uses.

Uses of Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment

woman applying Calmoseptine to handCalmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment is an over-the-counter skin protectant and barrier ointment found in the pharmacy that alleviates symptoms of many different skin conditions. Here are some of the most commonly reported uses of Calmoseptine for treating injured or exposed skin.

  • Skin protection in incontinence for adults
  • Diaper rash in infants and adults
  • Minor burns, scrapes, and cuts
  • Rectal itching from hemorrhoids or anal fissures
  • Yeast infections*
  • Stage I & II pressure ulcers
  • Perianal soreness and dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis from Poison Ivy and Oak
  • Protecting peri-wound skin
  • Eczema and psoriasis relief
  • Inside skin folds and other moist areas susceptible to fungal infection
  • Insect bites
  • Protecting skin around feeding tubes and drain tubes
  • Compression therapy

*Using Calmoseptine for yeast infections has been effective compared to alternative products. Yeast infections can occur in skin folds, the vagina, penis, mouth, or nail beds. Symptoms may range from redness, itching, burning, scaling, cracks, and swelling.

It is critical to note that Calmoseptine is for external use only. It is not intended for deep or puncture wounds and should be kept out of the eyes and not in the reach of children.

Calmoseptine Ingredients and Their Benefits

Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment contains active and inactive ingredients that work to help relieve discomfort in irritated and inflamed skin conditions. These ingredients help balance the skin’s moisture to protect it from outside irritants while not drying it out.

Active Ingredients

  • Zinc Oxide (20%) – Wounded cells absorb the zinc and use it to repair themselves.
  • Menthol – Acts as a calming agent and helps with vasodilation to increase circulation and aid in healing

Inactive Ingredients

  • Calamine – Works to relieve itching, pain, and discomfort of minor skin conditions and dries any oozing or weeping skin.
  • Chlorothymol – A multi-purpose phenolic antiseptic to prevent secondary bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Glycerin – Helps drain fluid away from inflamed tissue around the wounded site.
  • Lanolin – A waxy substance that acts as a barrier to help keep the skin moisturized and helps the skin heal.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate – Essentially baking soda, and acts as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic to help reduce itchiness, redness, and inflammation of the skin.
  • Phenol – An organic compound that helps kill off bacteria and fungi.
  • Thymol – Made from thyme oil, thymol kills bacteria and helps reduce inflammation and infection.

How to Use Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment

Dark skinned woman applying Calmoseptine to legSteps for applying Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment for general purpose:

  • Wash, rinse, and pat dry the area on the skin that you will be applying the ointment.
  • Allow the area to dry and apply a thin layer of Calmospetine Moisture Barrier Ointment two to four times per day.
  • If you are using a wound dressing, be sure that it extends beyond the ointment.
  • If you are using an adhesive product, place the adhesive part on dry skin, as the ointment will prevent sticking.

pdi-hygea-saline-wipesFor weeping or denuded areas:

  • Cleanse the area with a wound cleanser or normal saline.
  • Pat the area dry with sterile gauze.
  • Apply a light dusting of stoma powder to the denuded area.
  • Apply a thin layer of Calmoseptine over the stoma powder.
  • Apply a second coating of stoma powder over the ointment.
  • Repeat the steps above, alternating between stoma powder and ointment until the wound is entirely covered.
  • After each bowel movement, diaper change, or wound dressing change, repeat the steps above.

Removing all of the barrier ointment between each change is unnecessary. Gently cleanse the surface and reapply the ointment to protect the skin and prolong comfort.

Steps for removing Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment

  • Use a small amount of vegetable or mineral oil and soak a soft cloth.
  • Gently rub the area of the skin where the ointment was applied.
  • Repeat the steps above until the ointment is completely removed.
  • Using a clean, damp cloth, wipe the area and pat dry.

Results of dramatic skin improvement have been documented when using Calmoseptine for incontinence-related skin issues, stomal procedures, pressure injuries, pre-and post-operative care, and chronic conditions. You can read numerous Calmoseptine testimonials HERE.

As with any medicated product, always consult your physician before use. You should consult your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve within one week.

We proudly carry Calmoseptine Moisture Barrier Ointment at Personally Delivered in various size options. If you need assistance ordering this or any other barrier ointments we carry, our Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to help.

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A Look at The Most Popular Home Delivery Incontinence Supplies

At Personally Delivered, we supply quality home delivery incontinence supplies from top manufactures like Tranquility, Attends, Prevail, Abena, and Depend, just to name a few. We even have our own personal brand of daytime and overnight protective underwear and personal wipes. We know how important it is to manage all incontinence levels and do so with dignity.

Over the past several years, we have noticed that some of our home delivery incontinence supplies continue to be the most popular sellers. We have gotten many positive reviews from our customers, allowing us to know which of the home delivery incontinence supplies we offer to provide the protection and absorbency needed.

Top-Performing Adult Pull-ups and Protective Underwear

Home delivery incontinence supplies like protective underwear offer the wearer a snug, close, and comfortable fit due to their elasticity. They are sometimes referred to as pull-ups or pull-ons and come in various sizes and absorbencies for both day and night incontinence protection. Protective underwear are a more discreet option and are made of a cloth-like material to allow the skin to breathe, which helps to keep the skin healthy.

Here are just a few of the top-performing protective underwear we offer that have received positive feedback from our customers.

Most Popular Adult Briefs and Diapers

Adult briefs and diapers are other home delivery incontinence supplies we carry at Personally Delivered. Adult diapers can be less discreet than protective underwear but offer a higher absorbency for managing heavy to severe urinary and fecal incontinence. Because adult briefs and diapers can hold a larger capacity, leading to uncomfortable bulkiness.

Adult diapers also do not require the removal of clothing when changing because of their tape tabs or hook and loop closures. This feature makes briefs and diapers a popular choice for those that are bedridden, lack dexterity, or are bound to a wheelchair.

Here are some of our most popular adult briefs and diapers based on actual customer testimonials.

Best-Selling Pads and Liners

Incontinence pads and liners are offered for both men and women in various shapes, sizes, and absorbency levels. Thicker and larger pads absorb more fluids, and thinner pantiliners are more discreet and useful for light absorbency.

You can learn more about the differences in the variety of pads and liners in our blog: All About Incontinence Pads

Based on customer feedback and reporting, here are some pads and liners that have been our best-sellers over the past few years.

Popular Underpads, Bed Pads, & Chux

Underpads, sometimes referred to as bed pads or chux, are among the most versatile home delivery incontinence supplies offered. Underpads can protect bedding, furniture, car seats, and more. They can even be used as puppy training pads to protect flooring. You can learn more about all the uses for underpads, bed pads, and chux in our blog: Underpads for Dogs and All Their Uses

These are some of the most popular underpads based on customer testimonials and sales data.

No matter the type of incontinence you or someone you care for is managing, Personally Delivered has the home delivery incontinence supplies to help make it easier for you. Incontinence products are available in a wide range of sizes, absorbency levels, and styles. Each is made for an individual’s unique needs.

It is essential to choose the correct size of home delivery incontinence supplies to prevent leaks and skin irritations. Learn how to measure yourself for home delivery incontinence supplies in our blog: Measuring Your Hips and Waist for Adult Diapers

Cardinal Health Perineal Skin Cleanser SprayAlso, when ordering home delivery incontinence supplies, don’t forget about skin care products. Caring for your skin is an essential part of incontinence care. Perineal skin care cleansers and body washes are excellent products to keep sensitive areas of the skin clean that are exposed to urine and feces. Most are fragrance-free and pH-balanced to keep skin smooth and moisturized.

If you need assistance choosing the home delivery incontinence supplies for your needs or someone you care for, our Product Advisors are just a phone call away. We have access to more incontinence supplies than we may have on our website. Chances are, if you are not finding the exact product you are looking for, we can get it for you. Remember, incontinence products are not one-size-fits-all. Let us help you get the incontinence supplies to help manage your unique needs.

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Cardinal Health: Skin Care Regimen for Overall Skin Health and Vitality

Cardinal Health manufactures exceptional skin care products to cleanse, moisturize, protect, and treat our skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body and protects against bacteria, regulates body temperature, and enables us to have touch sensations. Our skin is strong and has the ability to heal itself if we properly care for it. Skin can be damaged by environmental factors such as sunburns and common everyday injuries such as cuts and scrapes. Cardinal Health skin care products can help keep our skin healthy and aid in wound care healing.

Cardinal Health takes a proactive approach to skin care with their recommended 4-stage skin care regimen.

Stage 1 - Cleanse the skin

Curity Pre-Moistened Personal WipesCardinal Health manufactures effective rinse-free sprays, foams, and personal cleansing wipes. No-rinse sprays and foams provide a gentle option to clean the skin from head to toe when a water source is unavailable. These products are infused with Aloe Vera and can be easily applied using Cardinal Health Dry Washcloths. Rinse-free cleansing sprays and foams provide cooling relief as they moisturize the skin.

Cardinal Health Cleansing Wipes and Washcloths come in various sizes, thicknesses, and scented or unscented.

Stage 2 - Moisturize the skin

Cardinal Health All-Day Moisturizer CreamCardinal Health offers a variety of skin creams, moisturizers, and lotions to protect dry, chapped, chafed, and injured skin. Cardinal Health has got you covered, from all-day moisturizing cream to protective skin barrier creams and ointments.

If you are looking for a medium-weight lotion that soothes chapped and chafed skin, Cardinal Health Skin Conditioner that contains dimethicone is an excellent choice. Dimethicone forms a barrier on the skin to protect from water loss. The result is improved skin smoothness over time.

Stage 3 - Protect the skin

Cardinal Health Essentials Skin-Prep Protective Barrier WipesCardinal Health skin barrier films and wipes are used to protect sensitive skin. These protective products can help prevent further irritation caused by friction, adhesive products, and fluids. Cardinal Health No-Sting Skin Barrier Wipes do not contain dyes, fragrances, alcohol, lanolin, parabens, or sulfates, making them an excellent sting-free option.

Stage 4 - Treat the skin

Cardinal Health Antifungal CreamCardinal Health offers products that treat the infection and help relieve itching, scaling, burning and redness for common skin infections such as fungal infections. Cardinal Health Antifungal Cream is a clinically-proven treatment for common fungal skin infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm.

Cardinal Health offers barrier creams to protect at-risk skin when it comes to minor cuts, scrapes, burns, and weeping skin. The key ingredient in their barrier cream is Manuka honey, which has antimicrobial, antioxidant, and moisturizing properties and is often used in wound care products. This barrier cream effectively relieves skin irritations from diaper rash or leakage at a fistula drainage tube site and helps dry weeping skin from poison ivy, oak, and sumac.

If you have any questions about or need assistance finding the Cardinal Health skin care products you are looking for, our Product Experts are ready to help. Improve your skin’s overall health and vitality with Cardinal Health’s skin management products today.

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Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2021

Now that we are wrapping up the first month of 2022, we thought we would take a moment to share our top 10 blog posts from 2021. We are looking forward to providing a wealth of new information for you this year and thought we would share the topics that our customers have been interested in and enjoyed this last year.

Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2021

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Choosing a suitable catheter lubricant is one of the most critical steps in a safe, clean, and comfortable self-catheterization experience. Learn why catheter lubricant is essential and how to use it to lubricate your catheter in the most popular blog post of 2021.

How to Lubricate Your Catheter

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External catheters for men and women can be an excellent alternative to indwelling catheters and help prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). In this next popular blog post, learn how male and female external catheters are less invasive and possibly a more comfortable option for managing urinary incontinence.

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Diarrhea leads to dehydration, and for those with an ileostomy or colostomy, this can be dangerous. In this blog post, learn the possible causes of diarrhea, the dietary impact of diarrhea with a stoma, and ostomy products that might be helpful.

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Don’t miss out on this extensive list of what we feel are the most helpful incontinence products for seniors in this next popular blog post. When managing an incontinence condition, stocking up on the essential incontinence products for seniors is critical. So, if you are purchasing for yourself or someone you care for, considering these incontinence products for seniors is a great way to be prepared.

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Since COVID-19, many people have lost their health insurance coverage through their employers. If you or someone you know is regaining health insurance coverage, you don’t want to miss this blog post about 180 Medical, our sister company. We are incredibly proud to be connected to them!

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Learn all about a Foley catheter, when it is needed, and how to use it in this popular blog post. And, if you are already a Foley catheter user, you can view all the Foley catheters we offer on our website.

Foley Catheters - What they are, why they are used, and where to purchase.

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GentleCath Glide catheters have transformed the experience of intermittent catheter users. With their advanced FeelClean Technology, these catheters offer a clean and comfortable catheterization without all the mess. In this blog post, learn all the benefits of GentleCath Glide catheters and the GentleCath me+ Program that provides free support to intermittent catheter users.

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Incontinence diapers and briefs can cause rubbing and skin irritations, including diaper rash. Thankfully, you can use products discussed in this blog post to address this uncomfortable skin condition to help prevent it from occurring and improve diaper rash.

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Children grow quickly, and diaper sizes can change unexpectedly. In this popular blog post, you’ll learn the signs to watch for that can help determine when it might be a good time to move up in diaper sizes.

Tips to Help Determine if Your Child May Need a Larger Diaper

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In this informative blog post, learn about all the incontinence pad options available to men and women and their uses for different needs. Learn about the different styles, absorbency levels, how to choose the right size, and how to dispose of incontinence pads properly. We even discuss what may be covered by Medicare.

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We hope you have enjoyed these blog posts as much as we have enjoyed writing them. Our goal with these blog posts is to provide our readers with as much helpful information as possible for various medical conditions. At Personally Delivered, our team is committed to providing the very best service as a trusted home delivery medical supply company to help change lives and make life a little easier for you and your loved ones.

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Coloplast: Making life easier so you can be you!

Coloplast has been developing products and supplies for those with personal healthcare needs for over 60 years. Their products span from ostomy, continence care, urology, and skin and wound care. Coloplast’s mission is to produce these products to help make life easier so you can get out there and enjoy the activities you love most.

Coloplast Ostomy Products

Coloplast Sensura Mio Flip BarrierColoplast understands that life after ostomy surgery can be challenging to navigate. That’s why they work hard to develop innovative ostomy supplies based on honest customer feedback. Coloplast ostomy products and accessories are offered in various sizes, styles, and shapes to meet a broad range of needs.

We carry a wide selection of Coloplast ostomy supplies and accessories. When it comes to managing your output, controlling odors, and maintaining healthy peristomal skin, we have the Coloplast products for you.

If you would like advice on ostomy supplies that might help solve some of the most common issues with an ostomy, Coloplast offers easy and convenient Troubleshooter and BodyCheck Tools. They genuinely care about helping you find the right solutions to your specific concerns.

Coloplast Continence Care Products

Coloplast SpeediCath Flex Coudé Pro Pocket CatheterColoplast catheters for both men and women help address bladder and urinary system problems. Using a catheter that helps manage your symptoms while allowing you to continue participating in the activities you desire is the primary goal of Coloplast continence care products.

When it comes to discreetness, Coloplast delivers. Many of their female and male catheters are not only designed to be small and discreet but also convenient, less messy, and comfortable. The all-in-one SpeediCath Compact Sets for men and women feature an attached bag small enough to carry in your pocket or purse. These catheters are ready to use right out of the packaging and are a safe and convenient option for everyday use and traveling.

The SpeediCath Flex Coude Pro catheter for men is an excellent option that features a curved tip for easy navigation into the urethra. The easy-gripper dry sleeve makes the insertion process touch-free for maximum hygiene.

Conveen Security Plus Contoured Leg BagColoplast also offers a variety of urology supplies such as extension tubing, urinary leg and drainage bags, and leg bag straps and holders.

Coloplast Skin Care Products

Baza Clear Moisture Barrier OintmentOur skin is the largest organ of our bodies. Coloplast knows that healthy skin reflects a healthy body. For this reason, Coloplast skin and wound care products aim to protect sensitive and wounded skin from excess damage, infection, and further irritation. Coloplast skin care products cleanse, moisturize, and protect. These skin care products help treat conditions such as skin folds, dry skin, pressure ulcers, and incontinence-related skin issues like rashes and redness. We carry Coloplast barrier sprays, antiseptics, creams, ointments, and more.

Whether you are looking for quality ostomy supplies, continence care solutions, or premium skin care products, Coloplast has got you covered. Shop our store today. And if you need assistance finding the Coloplast products and supplies you are looking for, just ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable Product Experts today. They are glad to help!

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Skin Issues Around the Stoma

Skin issues around the stoma are usually experienced at some point in those living with an ostomy. This area around the stoma is referred to as peristomal skin. Taking good care of this skin is a crucial element in maintaining a comfortable lifestyle after ostomy surgery.

Skin irritation around the stoma is common, but it doesn’t have to be a normal part of life with an ostomy. Signs of redness, damage, irritation, and rashes are alerts for concern. Unhealthy skin around the stoma can cause pain, leakage, and negative quality of life.

We will address common skin issues around the stoma, some suggestions on preventing them, and a technique that can help treat many of them.  With proper treatment and care, most skin issues around the stoma can be solved before developing into a more severe problem.

Common Skin Issues Around the Stoma

Irritant Dermatitis

Irritant dermatitis happens when something is irritating the skin around your stoma. This irritation could be a result of stoma pastes, barrier sprays, urine, or stool. The area may look red, wet, weepy, or even bleed.  Make sure to change your pouch routinely and consider an extended-wear skin barrier or a convex skin barrier if you have skin folds or creases. Moldable Technology by ConvaTec can help give you a better seal.

Mechanical Irritation

Mechanical irritation is caused by aggressively wiping or washing the skin around the stoma or forcefully removing the skin barrier. The skin around the stoma will look red and weepy. It is essential to be gentle when washing around this area and be careful when peeling the skin barrier off.

Folliculitis

Tiny red bumps around the stoma that can also be painful are called folliculitis. More common in men due to hair growth on the abdomen, folliculitis is caused by the hair underneath the skin barrier becoming irritated. The hairs are repeatedly removed during each skin barrier change, and the hair follicles are irritated. Think of continually waxing the same area of skin over and over. It is bound to become red and hurt. Incorrectly shaving the hair around your stoma can also cause folliculitis. Using an electric razor or scissors to trim the hair may be helpful, and remember to be gentle when you peel back the skin barrier for removal.

Contact Dermatitis

When the outer layer of the skin has been damaged or cut, contact dermatitis can occur around the stoma. Ostomy skin barriers can rub the skin the wrong way and cause a red rash to form. You should speak to your physician if you suspect you have contact dermatitis. They may prescribe a special cream or ostomy powder to use.

Allergic Dermatitis

Like contact dermatitis, allergic dermatitis occurs when a red rash forms because of an allergic reaction to any pastes, sprays, skin barriers, or even the pouch material you are using. The body is releasing inflammatory chemicals, which makes the skin feel itchy and irritated. Contact your physician to find out if you need to change the products you are using.

Fungal Infection

Fungal infection around the stoma appears like a rash, but features raised round red areas. The skin around the stoma will burn and itch and fungal infections are known to spread outside the stoma area. Because fungal infections thrive and multiply in dark and moist places, make sure to dry the skin around the stoma entirely before applying a new skin barrier and pouch. Your physician may suggest an anti-fungal stoma powder.

Those who have been taking antibiotics for more than a week or have anemia, diabetes, or a lowered immune system may be more prone to fungal infections.

Using the Crusting Technique to Treat Skin Issues Around the Stoma

peristomal skin care productsFor most common skin issues around the stoma, using the crusting technique can help provide a seal while the skin is irritated.

The five steps to this technique are:

  1. Use warm water to cleanse any residue from stoma paste around the surrounding area of the stoma and pat dry. You can also use Brava Adhesive Remover Spray or wipes to clean off the skin gently.
  2. Sprinkle stoma powder such as the Hollister Adapt Stoma Powder onto the irritated stoma skin and dust off any excess to prevent clumping. This stoma powder is designed to alleviate irritation, so you may be able to cease use once the skin issue around the stoma has resolved.
  3. To seal the powder onto the skin, use a skin barrier spray such as Brava Skin Barrier Spray. This spray is non-alcoholic so that it won’t sting or burn the area. Spray the barrier spray over the stoma powder, dab with a skin prep wipe, and fan to dry. The barrier spray will turn clear when set and form a crust on the skin that acts as a layer of protection.
  4. Repeat Step 3 for additional layers of protection and allow each layer to dry completely before applying the next layer. Two to three layers should be sufficient.
  5. You are now ready to apply your ostomy pouching system as usual. Your physician may suggest an anti-fungal stoma powder if you develop a rash or itch that does not improve. This condition could be a sign of a yeast infection.

Skin Care Tips for Skin Issues Around the Stoma

Sometimes problems develop despite the effort made to keep peristomal skin clean and healthy. Staying educated about this area can help you learn about what to look out for and how to manage problems that may arise with peristomal skin.

Hollister Inc. has put together a convenient Peristomal Skin Care Tips brochure that outlines what the skin around the stoma should look like and suggestions to take.

Common Questions for Treating Skin Issues Around the Stoma

When should I use stoma powder under my skin barrier?

If the skin around the stoma is irritated, red, painful, or there is a rash present, you may want to use a stoma powder for treating the affected skin. Ensure you speak to your physician first to ensure you are using the correct stoma powder under their direction.

What kind of powder should I use if my skin has a red, raised, pimply rash?

zeasorb antifungal body powderRed, raised, pimply rash symptoms are good indicators that you may have a yeast infection. Choosing an anti-fungal stoma powder that contains 2% Miconazole, such as Zeasorb Antifungal Powder, should be able to address this condition. Check with your physician first to confirm that this is the proper course of action.

How do I use stoma powder?

Stoma powder is very easy and quick to apply in just a few steps.

  1. Start by washing your hands with soap and water.
  2. Clean the skin around your stoma with either wipes or warm soapy water and pat dry.
  3. Sprinkle the stoma powder all around the peristomal skin and brush off any excess with your fingertips.
  4. Use an alcohol-free skin prep and dab the powder to set for approximately 10-15 seconds until completely dry.
  5. Continue with your usual ostomy pouch change process.

Stoma powder is not helping my skin irritation. What do I do?

ConvaTec Sure-fit Natura moldable barrierTry removing the adhesive and check the backside. Feces or urine may have leaked and caused irritation between the skin barrier and the peristomal skin. Ensuring that there is a nice and secure fit of your skin barrier is one of the most critical steps to maintain healthy skin around the stoma. Moldable Technology by ConvaTec might be a helpful solution.

Could I be allergic to the adhesives used in my ostomy pouching system?

You may be allergic to the components used in your pouching system or the supporting products such as sprays, wipes, or pastes. Try washing your peristomal skin with just warm, soapy water for a period and see if the symptoms subside. If the symptoms go away, certain ingredients in the supporting products you are using are causing the allergic reaction. Consult with your physician about your symptoms, and they may be able to recommend alternative products.

Giving Your Peristomal Skin a Break Between Ostomy Appliance Changes

Sometimes giving your peristomal skin a break between ostomy appliance changes can help maintain healthy skin. After removing your skin barrier and ostomy pouch, try leaving your skin uncovered for 30 minutes or so. Make sure to have a towel or container nearby to catch any leaks that may occur. Taking a skin break can help with skin issues around the stoma or keep it from happening.

We carry a wide variety of ostomy products and supplies at Personally Delivered for all types and sizes of stomas. Suppose you need assistance choosing what ostomy products are right for you or finding ostomy supplies that your physician has recommended. In that case, our Product Experts are here to help guide you through the purchasing process. Just give us a call, and we will make it easy for you.

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Arthritis with an Ostomy: Tips to Help Manage

Living with an ostomy already has its challenges. However, suffering from arthritis with an ostomy can increase the difficulty of specific tasks such as opening tubes of stoma paste, stiffness when bending over to empty the ostomy appliance, or using scissors for a cut-to-fit ostomy barrier. Having arthritis with an ostomy doesn’t have to mean a total loss of independence. Take a look at some helpful tips for managing these conditions below.

Types of Arthritis & Other Conditions That May Affect Hand Dexterity

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects a person’s immune system and attacks their tissues. The feeling often experienced is a burning pain accompanied by swelling and sometimes stiffness in the joints, particularly in the hands, shoulders, knees, and feet.  Many also report feeling fatigued throughout the day.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Due to the cells’ changes as we age, osteoarthritis develops between the ages of 45-90 years. The cartilage in the fingers and weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, back, and feet are affected. Pain, stiff joints, and swelling are also a symptom of osteoarthritis.

Fibromyalgia

While fibromyalgia is not a type of arthritis, it can co-occur with other types of arthritis. Fibromyalgia is a type of chronic pain syndrome that can cause immense fatigue and pain in muscles, joints, and other soft tissues. It has no known cause or cure at this time. However, research indicates it may be related to genetics (family history), having coexisting conditions such as arthritis or lupus, going through prolonged stress or trauma, or having a viral illness. The pain from fibromyalgia can range from mild to severe and include stiffness, burning, throbbing, or stabbing sensations in the muscles. Fatigue, depression, anxiety, numbness, tingling, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and cystitis have been reported.

Gout

Gout occurs when uric acid crystals are deposited in the joints and cause inflammation. The body breaks down proteins, which then form this uric acid. Gout usually affects one joint at a time, especially in the big toes. The ankles, knees, hands, wrists, and elbows are other joints that can be affected.  Common symptoms of gout include pain, warmth, redness, and swelling. Most gout onsets occur quickly and can remain for up to a week if left untreated. Excess alcohol consumption, being overweight, water pills, surgery, or sudden illness are just some of the things that can trigger and aggravate gout.

Reiter’s Syndrome

Reiter’s Syndrome is a type of arthritis that occurs as a reaction to an infection somewhere else in the body. It may be related to intestinal infections such as Salmonella or urinary tract infections. Reiter’s Syndrome’s symptoms can include inflammation of the joints, tendons, eyes, urinary tract, or skin and may involve a rash or fever.

Scleroderma

Scleroderma involves a thickening of the skin on the fingers, arms, and sometimes the face. There are often color changes in the hands from pale blue to red, small calcium deposits that form nodules on the fingertips, and stiffness in the joints with these indicators. Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation can also be other symptoms.

Enteropathic Arthritis

Enteropathic arthritis often accompanies inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Painful, hot, and stiff joints are common symptoms of enteropathic arthritis, and when the gastrointestinal disease goes into remission, the arthritic symptoms go along with it.

Tips if You Have Arthritis with an Ostomy

Arthritis in the Hands

hollister new image two-piece ostomy pouch with integrated closureOpening packets of an ostomy product such as stoma paste, peeling off backing papers, and cutting holes in skin barriers can be challenging for those with arthritis in their hands. Many manufacturers have noticed this problem that those with arthritis and an ostomy face and have made some adjustments to their packaging.

ConvaTec has Moldable Technology that eliminates the need for scissors to customize the hole around the stoma. There is a helpful and informative article at the end of this blog that goes into detail about ConvaTec Moldable Technology. ConvaTec also offers many pre-cut barrier options, such as the ConvaTec Esteem + One-Piece Pre-Cut Closed-End Pouch, which can help.

arthritis compression gloves for those with arthritis with an ostomyMany drainable ostomy bags feature integrated closures instead of clips. The Hollister New Image Pouch has an easy Lock N Roll Microseal closure that is excellent for those with dexterity problems.

Tubes of ostomy paste, such as the Hollister Adapt Paste, come in a soft tube that you can use a credit card or paste dispenser to glide the formula out easily.

Having a pair of arthritis compression gloves can also be very helpful. Not only will they help keep a better grip on items, but these gloves may also help increase circulation and reduce pain.

Arthritis in the Neck and Back

adjustable mirror to aid in changing an ostomy applianceArthritis in the neck and back can cause stiffness, and bending over to view the stoma when changing your appliance may be difficult. A suggestion to help make this a bit easier may be to sit down and lean back somewhere comfortable with a desk or table in front or beside you. Place a mirror on the table and face it down toward your ostomy appliance. A mirror that easily adjusts to all angles would work best.

Stiffness Getting On and Off the Toilet

Railings can be installed around the toilet to help stabilize yourself when emptying your ostomy bag. Another option that might be helpful when getting on and off the toilet and entering and exiting the bathtub is a transfer bench. This adaptive equipment piece works as an added safety feature to allow those with arthritis with an ostomy to take their time when sitting and rising to stand up.

Using Adaptive Equipment and Experiencing Leaks

If you are using a wheelchair or a walker, these types of adaptive equipment require the use of both hands. A leaking ostomy appliance while using one of these kinds of devices requires at least one hand to minimize the leakage. Preparing emergency supplies in a bag attached to the wheelchair or walker can be a possible solution to this problem. Having emergency ostomy supplies around the home can also alleviate some stress knowing that your needed supplies are nearby.

There are many other aids for those who have arthritis with an ostomy and can be found at your local pharmacy. Items such as easy-open pill bottles, grippers to unscrew lids, push-button pill reminder boxes, and more can be beneficial aids. You can reach out to a local occupational therapist or your local hospital for more information about where to find products made to help those with arthritis accomplish tasks more manageable.

Maintaining independence is essential to self-esteem, but remember to ask for help when you need it. The last thing you need when suffering from arthritis with an ostomy is having an accident that can potentially worsen your condition.

For even more information about arthritis, ease of use products, treatments, hundreds of articles, and even a drug guide, visit the Arthritis Foundation. You can even click to find your local area and connect.

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Cancer Screenings: Your Essential Guide

Cancer screenings can help detect cancer in the early stages or before you begin to have symptoms. By detecting cancer early, you may give yourself a better chance of surviving and thriving. Keeping up with preventive screenings that your doctor recommends is key to catching potential issues such as breast, cervical, prostate, endometrial, and colorectal cancer before they turn into something worse.

Who determines when to get screened?

Created in 1984, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve all Americans’ health by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.

Task Force members come from a wide array of medical-related fields. That history of experience can be from primary care, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, and nursing. This team rigorously reviews existing peer-reviewed evidence to make recommendations for screenings. This process can help primary care clinicians and patients decide whether a preventive service is right for a patient’s needs.

Cancer Screening Guidelines

The following cancer screening guidelines are for people who have an average risk for cancer. If you have an increased risk due to your family history, you may need screenings earlier or more often. It would be best to speak to your doctor to see what’s right for you.

Breast Cancer Screenings

two women holding pink ribbons showing their support of breast cancer screeningsYearly mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer’s early stages when it is easier to treat. The USPSTF recommends women to get mammograms at the following ages:

Ages 45 to 54: once every year

Ages 55 and older: once every other year

It is important to note that women with a heightened breast cancer risk should ask their doctors about the risks and benefits of an annual MRI and mammogram.

Cervical Cancer Screenings

The Pap test can find abnormal cells in the cervix, which may turn into cancer. The human papillomavirus (HPV) test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes. The chance of being cured is very high when the Pap tests find cervical cancer early.

The USPSTF recommends women to get a Pap test at the following ages:

Ages 21 to 29: once every three years

Ages 30 to 65:

  • once every three years
  • an HPV test once every five years
  • or a Pap test and an HPV test once every five years

Women older than 65: Those with normal screenings and who do not have a high risk for cervical cancer may not need screening.

Colorectal Cancer Screenings

doctor in a lab testing cancer screening samplesThe American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends people with an average risk for colorectal cancer start regular cancer screenings at age 45. Simultaneously, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advises beginning screening at age 50. Those with an increased risk for colorectal cancer due to family history may need to get cancer screenings at an earlier age.

Discuss with your doctor which of the following tests are recommended by the USPSTF:

Endometrial Cancer Screenings

anatomy of the female uterus when detecting endometrial cancer in cancer screeningsEndometrial cancer forms in the lining of the uterus. By early detection and surgical removal of the uterus, endometrial cancer is often cured. After reaching menopause, women who have abnormal bleeding or spotting should tell their doctors. Your doctor may order cancer screenings to help detect endometrial cancer.

Prostate Cancer Screenings

When men reach the ages of 55 to 69, the USPSTF recommends discussing the potential benefits and risks of prostate cancer screenings with their physicians to help make informed decisions. After the age of 70, the USPSTF advises against men getting screened.

At Personally Delivered, we hope your lifelong health journey never includes a cancer diagnosis. Whatever your age or medical history, maintaining an open and close relationship with your physician will help keep track of your long-term health.

Many of these types of cancers may require the use of catheters, incontinence products, and skin care needs. These may be a temporary need or one that is long-term. We carry a wide array of these home delivery medical supplies and can help you find the ones your doctor recommends that are right for you. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and compassionate Product Experts will help make your purchasing selection as easy as possible.

All recommendations for cancer screenings and more detailed information from the USPSTF can be found directly on their site.

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Crohn’s Disease: 10 Essentials to Keep in Your Medicine Cabinet

Crohn’s disease is a chronic digestive disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract (GI). According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), it causes inflammation and damage in the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions called inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

There’s currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, but various treatments can help manage its symptoms. If you have Crohn’s disease, it’s also a good idea to keep several over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and supplies on hand in case of an emergency.

The 10 Essentials to Help Manage Crohn's Disease

We suggest keeping these ten essential non-prescription supplies at home to ease your symptoms and lessen the effects of a flare-up from Crohn’s disease.

1. Antidiarrheal medications

A common symptom of IBD is diarrhea, and it can become worse during a flare. Antidiarrheal medications may be able to help. There are many choices at your local pharmacy that do not require a prescription. Those may include:

  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Kaopectate
  • Imodium-ID

It is always important to speak to your doctor before taking any new OTC medication or supplement and thoroughly read and follow the dosing directions.

2. Pain relievers

GeriCare liquid pain reliefThose with Crohn’s disease often experience stomach pain as a flare symptom. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can help control inflammation associated with IBD. Research has linked NSAIDs to increased relapses, flares, and overall disease activity.

A better option might be using acetaminophens such as Tylenol or Geri-Care Liquid Pain Relief. These options will not help with inflammation but will reduce fever and pain. As always, talk to your doctor about the right pain reliever for you.

3. Ointment for skin irritation

Balmex Diaper Rash OintmentCrohn’s flares can irritate the skin around the anus. Using a skin protectant, such as Balmex Diaper Rash Treatment, can protect against wetness and irritants, helping prevent diaper rash from getting worse.

4. Personal care wipes

You may experience perineal complications with Crohn’s disease, such as a fistula or abscess. Making sure to keep good hygiene could greatly help ease your symptoms. By using a perineal cleansing product such as DermaRite PeriFresh No-Rinse Perineal Cleanser and unscented wipes to clean and soothe irritated areas, your skin will thank you.

5. A thermometer

You may start to run a fever during a Crohn’s flare. Keeping a thermometer on hand is helpful so you can keep track of your Crohn’s disease symptoms for your next doctor appointment. Writing down the date, time, and length of your elevated temperature can help your doctor better understand your symptoms.

6. An electrolyte solution

Sqwincher Electrolyte Replenishment DrinkIf you are experiencing diarrhea as a symptom of your Crohn’s disease, you are likely losing sodium and sugar, which help you stay hydrated. During a Crohn’s flare, watery diarrhea can cause dehydration symptoms such as thirst, urinating less frequently, darker urine than usual, dry mouth, headaches, and fatigue.

Your doctor may recommend an OTC oral rehydration solution such as Pedialyte or Sqwincher products. These oral supplements help replenish vital minerals and nutrients lost during diarrhea and aid in rehydration. The key electrolytes (sodium and potassium) promote fluid absorption and help keep the body’s defense immune system optimally performing.

7. Nutritional supplements

Stocking up on bottles of nutritional supplements can help make sure you are getting adequate calories and nutrition. Since some foods may contribute to your Crohn’s disease symptoms, these dietary supplements can aid in delivering the proper nutrients as you manage your flare.

Ensure Original Strawberry flavored therapeutic nutritional shakeThere are plenty of flavorful supplements on the market today, so getting the right balance doesn’t have to taste bland. Some of the delicious varieties include:

8. Epsom salt

During a Crohn’s flare, anal fistulas and fissures can occur and cause painful bowel movements and soreness. Warm bath water with Epsom salt can help relieve the pain, itching, and muscle spasms. The water’s warmth may help ease the discomfort on the rear, and the Epsom salt can help soothe sore muscles and reduce inflammation.

9. Heating pads

Arthritis or pain and swelling of the joints are common complaints from those with Crohn’s disease. Heating pads deliver moist heat that can help relieve joint discomfort and help abdominal pain and cramping. These are low-risk solutions that might provide some needed comfort.

10. Vitamin supplements

With IBD, chronic intestinal bleeding leads to anemia, a lack of healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen to body tissue. Doctors often prescribe an iron supplement to address this condition. Blood loss from ulcers might be another reason an iron supplement may be recommended.

According to a 2019 study, Crohn’s disease and the steroids used to treat the condition have been linked to an increased risk for osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones. Your doctor may recommend taking calcium and a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium to keep your bones healthy and prevent further problems.

Crohn’s disease can come with a wide array of complications and discomforts. Hopefully, some of these suggestions we have provided can help reduce your symptoms, ease your pain, lengthen your remission, and help you love an enjoyable life.

For any questions about the products, we carry at Personally Delivered that may help you get through your Crohn’s flare, our knowledgeable and caring Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist.

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Hydrocolloid Dressings: What, When, & How

The wound healing process is complex, and for a wound to heal correctly, it will need an optimum healing environment. This can be achieved by selecting and applying the right type of dressing. There are many wound care dressings on the market today, and one of the most commonly used is the hydrocolloid dressing. Here, we will discuss what hydrocolloid dressings are, when they are used, their advantages, and how to apply and remove them.

What are Hydrocolloid Dressings?

DuoDERM CGF Hydrocolloid dressingHydrocolloid dressings help maintain the optimal healing environment while protecting the wound, so the body’s own enzymes can get to work for proper healing. These dressings’ unique design allows it to absorb wound exudate and form a gel over the wound site. The result is a self-adhering and waterproof wound dressing that resembles an absorbent, flexible wafer. These advanced wound dressings come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. They are available with or without adhesive borders, such as the DuoDERM CGF Adhesive Border Hydrocolloid Dressing and the DuoDERM CGF Sterile Dressing.

When are Hydrocolloid Dressings Used?

Hydrocolloid dressings have the best effect on clean, uninfected wounds, have medium thickness, and have low to moderate drainage. Since these wound dressings are waterproof and flexible, they are an excellent choice to protect newly or partially healed wounds when the skin is still intact. Many times smaller hydrocolloid dressings are used for those suffering from acne. If a pimple is raised or has visible pus, the hydrocolloid dressing can absorb the fluid and flatten out the spot. Hydrocolloid dressings can decrease the severity of the pimple, its redness, oiliness, and dark pigmentation.

Using hydrocolloid dressings helps insulate the wound site allowing the body to consume less energy to heal. An important note is that these advanced wound dressings are not suitable for wounds with high exudate.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Hydrocolloid Dressings

Advantages

DuoDERM hydrocolloid dressing for heels and elbowsHydrocolloid dressings can help promote faster healing of wounds for a variety of reasons.

  • They provide the optimal healing environment, keeping the wound site moist and allowing the body’s enzymes to get to work.
  • They are impermeable to protect against bacteria and other contaminants.
  • They do not stick to the wound site, but rather the healthy surrounding skin.
  • They can be left on longer than most other wound dressings, requiring less frequent changes.
  • They are flexible for the body areas that are difficult to dress, such as the heels and elbows.
  • They can be used alongside venous compression products.
  • They come in a wide selection of shapes and sizes.

Disadvantages

Although there are many benefits of using hydrocolloid dressings, it is essential to note that there are also some disadvantages.

  • They are not suitable for wounds that have heavy exudate as they may become forced out of position.
  • The excess moisture may lead to hypergranulation or maceration of the surrounding skin.
  • Some of the dressing may stick to the wound site and cause trauma to the soft healing tissue.
  • The dressing may have an unpleasant odor upon changing if some of it sticks to the healing wound.
  • These wound dressings can curl or roll up on the edges.
  • Assessing the wound site can be difficult due to the opaqueness of the hydrocolloids.

How to Apply Hydrocolloid Dressings

assortment of wound care supplies like gloves, gauze pads, and saline solutionYour doctor should provide you with detailed instructions on applying the hydrocolloid dressings that you will be using for your particular wound. However, there are some best practices to take and a general process to follow.

  1. Always wash your hands before handling wound care dressings and supplies.
  2. Put on a pair of surgical or exam gloves.
  3. If necessary, remove any current dressing and discard it. (See How to Remove Hydrocolloid Dressings below)
  4. Use an effective saline solution to clean the wound site and surrounding skin.
  5. Pat the wound site and the surrounding skin dry with sterile gauze.
  6. Remove and discard the gloves and put on a new pair.
  7. Use a quality moisture barrier to the periwound skin.
  8. Before removing the backing from the hydrocolloid dressing, hold it between your hands to warm it to adhere better.
  9. Remove the backing and center the dressing over the wound site, smoothing it from the center outward, pressing gently to improve adhesion.
  10. If the wound dressing does not have an adhesive border, secure it with tape.

How to Remove Hydrocolloid Dressings

Removing a hydrocolloid dressing from a wound site is very easy. However, taking great precautions is crucial as you do not want to cause any more damage to the affected and surrounding areas.

  1. Gently press down on the skin at the edge of one side of the adhesive border or tape to allow it to lift slightly.
  2. Using your fingers, slowly lift the edges and continue around until the adhesive is free from the skin.
  3. Gently and carefully, lift the hydrocolloid dressing away from the wound site.
  4. If you are changing the wound dressing, refer to the steps above to apply a new bandage.

Personally Delivered carries a wide variety of hydrocolloid dressings. For questions or help selecting the right wound care dressing for your wound type, our Personally Delivered Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to help.

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