Depends, etc

Hi all,

As I recall, there are several different types and styles of Depends.  Any suggestions on the best type for Kelly?  She has had several really close calls due to terrible diarrhea, when she's travelling to and from radiation treatments.   Also, what type of bum wipes are best?  She's not burned yet (she's two weeks in) but will be in the very near future.

Thanks in advance.  What an awesome community and resource this is!



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Hi, I don’t have any suggestions about Depends, but I swear by the use of a water bottle to rinse instead of wipes...a radiation nurse handed me several of these lightweight plastic bottles with three holes on the nozzle...and to this day I still use warm water in this in lieu of paper / wipes because it’s more gentle on the skin. 🤗
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Have not used Depends...but carry wipes all the time! My rad onc recommended Domeboro powders (not prescription)...soak a gauze pad in the solution and leave it for about 30 minutes. I went through a box or two as the skin healed.
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Helen, what type of wipes? Normal baby wipes?
The wipes I carry now are for occasional accidents. One brand is "Always," which comes in individual packets so easy to carry one in pocket or handbag..
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I like "Costcos" "Huggies" wipes; gentle and large; I wouldn't flush them though.
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yes, also good...the package indicates they are not to be flushed...
I had a friend that had this issue and she asked the radiology tech to change her appt. time to 10 or 11 in the morning to avoid normal BM times. That was before lunch and well after breakfast. Then She just wore a maxi pad in ger panties. Not everyone has a problem with diarrhea during treatment so they had no problem changing times for her. I think it was someone from this blog.
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No baby wipes, too rough on the skin. Depends regular are very reliable. The key is to get clean as soon as she can with water bottles.
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During treatment I wore the ones that are a peach/pink color with the design on them. They fit the best. During treatment I got medicated wipes from my doctor that I used in the beginning but about half way thru I just got in the shower. There were no wipes or toilet paper that didn’t hurt really bad.
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I have a bidet, what a blessing that was. Aloe wipes are what I used for when I was out. I didn't need Depends, but did sit on a Chux in the car towards the end. RadioplexRx cream (prescription) is a miracle, apply to clean dry skin, and it heals and protects. Also can radiate thru it. I still use a dab after showering. ***Don't ever flush the wipes, no matter what the package says!***
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I used Depends. The soft ones like cotton. They have some with a plastic outer layer and that is too harsh. The ones I have show a purple ribbon on the front of them. Just like underwear.

My Radiation Doc also told me when I was burning to put cornstarch in my underwear. I got a small glass container with a sprinkle top. Sort of like what you use for parmesan cheese. I used it almost everyday on the Depends. I sprinkled a lot over the whole thing. It did help give me relief from the burning for a little while. It was enough to be able to have a break for an hour or more. They also recommend a lot of sitz baths too.
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I use the Depend Women’s, have for several years. They work great. I wear them to bed every night, even though most nights I don’t have accidents. But go without, and you never know. I used Kirkland moist towelettes, still do. Also Recticare (OTC cream) works great to numb the anal area during treatment.
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Thank you, wonderful ladies. We had a successful trip to WalMart and your input was so helpful!
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I really tried to stay away from those as they are made to suck the moisture out. I would wear a pair of unders to keep a distance from the skin. And moisture well with Aquaphor, when she absolutely needs to night time style, sometimes is a little higher in the back.
You are such a dear for helping!
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I found the Always brand to be the best. I just visited a physical therapist after finishing radiation to get pelvic exercises. They should help.. Burt’s Bees wipes were the best if I can find them. You want something with the least harsh chemicals. Go natural.
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Most eipes irritated my anal area during treatment.

I ordered a bottle with an expandable tip to use for water rinses.

I carried soft wet paper towels or wet washcloths in baggies.

Now, 5 years out, I am better, but still sensitive. I use Kleenex wipes and love them. No irritation .

Also have found that the Summer's Eve sensitive...gentle wipes are good too. I like them because I can slip a couple in my pocket and be more independent.
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