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Skin Protectants and Dressings
I went to a wound center because of skin breakdown caused by leaking around my tube, and they gave me Marathon™ Liquid Skin Protectant. This is the first thing that has stayed on long enough to help and is thick enough. It’s sort of painted on using a single-dose applicator so it’s easy to cover skin areas that are not smooth, and it’s okay to use it on irritated skin. I was able to get it on Amazon. I’ll admit it’s a little pricey, but it’s been well worth it for me.
They also gave me super-absorbent pads called Optilock™ non-adhesive wound dressing. The Optilock can’t be cut (or the special insides burst out and make a mess…I speak from experience!), but I folded it around my J-tube and could just lay it flat over the site. The skin protectant was great in protecting my skin, but the dressing helped absorb the intestinal leakage.
I also use Mepilex® Lite wound care foam dressings with Safetac®. They are wonderful and easy to use since they stick right to the skin and I can cut them to go around the J-tube. They are actually easier (for me, anyways) to use than the Optilock dressing, but Optilock absorbs better. I was blessed that the wound care center nurses gave me some to try. They are somewhat expensive to purchase even via Amazon, but they are well worth it.
LifelineLetter, May/June 2013