Be aware – this post contains photos of sore skin
So any one who follows me on Instagram and Facebook will have seen my sore skin photo caused by my use of the Brava Elastic Tape Extenders. If not here is what happened to my skin after wearing them for three days.
My skin was weeping, extremely dry and bleeding in places, I even had some blisters form. I generally only use these every once in a while when I want some extra support, when swimming for example, and never had this issue from a one off use.
After my review of the Salts Confidence BE I have now swapped to them full time from the previous Salts bag I was using. No longer needing the Brava Protective Sheet under my bag saves a lot of time but I do find that on these bags, when the edges peel up a little the glue dries really hard and can become irritating. So I started using baseplate extenders just to keep it stuck down and solve this problem.
After my skin got in such a state I thought I had to change from my favourite Brava ones. Not only do these make me feel extra secure but they are great when you leak, giving you some vital extra time to get somewhere and clean up. I was pretty gutted and rather grumpy and sore.
So I set about searching out some samples and was recommended Salts, Pelican, Trio and Convatec ones. I have now tried them all so thought I would share my views on them with you.
Order your samples from the Brava website
To order your samples check out the Trio website
To find out more and order your samples check out the Pelican Healthcare website
I wish I could say something nicer about these but no. I will never use them again. Sorry!
I was unable to find a link to order samples of these so they may have been discontinued but you are probably better off trying the others anyway!
Order your sample from the Salts website
Overall I’ve really enjoyed testing these out, even though some haven’t worked out so well. Everyone’s skin is different and we ostomates know that we all have our personal favourite products. You may like some of those that I didn’t so much on here and that’s ok, we are all different. But if you are looking at trying some of these or need to switch from your current product, I hope this has given you a good idea of what’s out there. All the ostomy companies offer samples so that’s a great place to start with trying them and I have included all the links to their websites so you can order these if you want to give them a go.
For now I’m sticking with the Trio ones on a daily basis and will either use up my Brava ones when I need the extra support as one off uses before have seemed ok. I think if my skin reacted the same way again though, I would probably go for the Pelican ones. Which ones do you use? Let me know in the comments below!