Ok, so I've been "studying" what's going on with my red weepy skin around my stoma. Bottom line is the ostomy powder/barrier wipe thing isn't working. I've been applying 3 rounds of stoma powder/barrier wipe/warm air drying. I can keep going, but it just builds up a wet mushy layer of wet stoma powder. And nothing will stick to that. So that routine isn't working for me. When I look at my freshly peeled off barrier I can see it's wet under the ring. It doesn't appear to be output contents, just that weepy liquid secretion that I assume continues under the ring after I put it on. The skin in that area gets red because it doesn't like being wet all the time, so that makes sense. I've noticed over the course of this ostomy adventure that when the skin is exposed to output contents under the ring the skin turns a bright fire red (ie, alarming) color. Mine isn't that red, so I'm pretty confident it's not output I'm seeing under the ring, the weepy liquid not going away.
So the issue is how to stop the skin from secreting, and I keep coming up blank on that. I talked to a wound nurse about it, and as I suspected the way to stop the weeping is to expose the skin to the air so the weepy liquid can form a crust and the skin can heal in a clean environment, as nature intends. Now the one thing I did differently today when I was preparing my skin for my new barrier/ring was to apply liquid Nystatin first. I let that soak in and dry, then hit it with Betamethasone, and then started the powder/wipes crusting mess. After all that I held a piece of paper towel over the whole thing and a nice ring of wetness appeared thru the paper. So the ostomy powder/wipe thingy isn't able to handle the amount of weepy-ness and it soaks right thru. I plan on changing my barrier again tomorrow to see what's what. Maybe I'll just cover the whole mess with New Skin and hope for the best. Ok, no....I won't do that. Just seeing if you're still paying attention. I plan to call NuHope to see about getting a non-adhesive barrier to try. I was thinking about one of those skin protectant products, i.e., a layer of material that you put on your skin to which you then apply your barrier, but don't see what that will buy me. So shout back with your thoughts and questions.........and I'll keep you posted if I make any breakthroughs.