January 2018

How to Care for the Skin Around Your Stoma
Caring for the Skin Around Your Stoma
Having an ostomy means caring for and monitoring the skin around your stoma. Imagine the circle of skin that goes directly around your stoma and think about the constant irritation that skin deals with every day. Your stomal skin is in almost constant contact with adhesives from your ostomy flange/wafer. Not to mention that at some point your stomal skin will be in contact with stomal output. This is a problem because the potential for irritation is constant and it isn't like you can just stop wearing an ostomy pouching system! The stomal skin comes into contact with so much irritation that some people think red and broken skin around their stoma is normal. It is not normal. Your stomal skin should be as healthy as the rest of your skin. You can't ignore skin irritation and you can't just accept it either. You have to try and heal it or better yet, you can work to prevent irritation from starting. Wearing an ostomy pouch is not optional. Most ostomates wear an ostomy pouch all the time, day and night. [More]