Red and irritated skin is not a normal part of having an ostomy. Ideally, your ostomy appliance should fit well and you should have healthy happy skin under and around your ostomy. If your skin is damaged, it is a great idea to contact a professional. The best place to go when you have a problem with your ostomy is of course your WOC nurse and your medical team. They are familiar with your individual challenges and can tailor a treatment that is perfect for you. The most important thing is, don't settle for painful and irritated skin! There is a solution out there and I hope you can find the best one for you!
coloplast cut to fit ostomy flange There are many things that can cause skin problems around your ostomy. Some of the common culprits are: leakage of stomal discharge, wearing the wrong barrier or flange size, sensitivity to a product that was used, and frequent ostomy pouch changes. Personally, I think that a "Cut to Fit" ostomy pouch can be very helpful for a lot of ostomates. Our bodies aren't uniform and your stoma is not factory made. [More]