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Thick sticky build up - stoma

Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:56 pm
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I'm posting a question here because I haven't figured out how to use this site for answers that may already be addressed.

Anyway, I've had my stoma from a colostomy just over two years now. I'm using the Hollister convex barrier cut to fit with nothing added. As I've posted on here before the stoma has grown from a small slit at the beginning to now an irregular oval about 30 x 40 mm and extending about 20 to 25 mm. It looks healthy and is working fine and I'm wearing my barriers from 5 to 8 days successfully. So, now the question. For about the past six months with each barrier change just below the stoma, at the bottom area, there is often a piece of debris, milky and clear but firm which I pull away. It's stuck at the bottom of the stoma and held between the intestine and the skin. Further, when cleaning the soil around the stoma there is a build up of thick, sticky milky colored material which I have to sort of dig out from below the stoma just under the skin. It's a bit like rubber cement in consistency and when I push on the skin below the stoma a bit more is ejected. Enough to cover a q-tip on both ends. Removing it doesn't cause any discomfort or damage. I think it's a mucus accumulation.

Anyone have a similar build up or suggestions?

Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:21 am

Hello keepers51.

I think you are absolutely right in that the stuff you describe is almost certainly mucus, and is quite 'normal'. The mucus is functional in lubricating the walls of the colon so that the faeces can pass through more easily.  I am surprised that you haven't mentioned it also coming from the anus, as this also causes some people to question it's origin and purpose. I change my wafers/stoma plugs every day and have the same type of mucus accumulating. It's easy enough to remove and does no harm.  It sounds as if what you are doing is what we all might do in the circumstances - clean it up and carry on. However, my responses to questions like this from people with a colostomy usually contain a recommendation to explore the technique of  irrigation. It won't stop the mucus altogether, but (if successful) it will improve your quality of life no end.

Best wishes

Bill

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Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:35 am


Bill wrote:

Hello keepers51.

I think you are absolutely right in that the stuff you describe is almost certainly mucus, and is quite 'normal'. The mucus is functional in lubricating the walls of the colon so ...

Thanks, Bill. Yes, mucus from the anus is common, several times a day. I had already had help from site with that question.

keepers51

Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:36 pm

Hi Keepers,

  What Bill said is probably right.  What caught my attention was your phrase "when I push on the skin below the stoma a bit more is ejected."  I assume you mean ejected from your stoma, and not the skin under your stoma.  Is that right?  If it is.......it's like Bill said....a mucus discharge.  If it's ejecting from the skin UNDER your stoma it's sounding like an abscess. Either way, you have your answer!  

regards,

bob

Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:11 pm


w30bob wrote:

Hi Keepers,

  What Bill said is probably right.  What caught my attention was your phrase "when I push on the skin below the stoma a bit more is ejected."  I assume you mean ejected from your s...

Hi, Bob. Thanks for responding. Yes, there is a small pocket located just about at the 5 o'clock position where there is always an accumulation of the mucus material. It does appear to be an accumulation as opposed to a source. The first end of the q-tip removes the exposed mucus from a crease and then when I pull downward with my thumb to lower the stoma opening a bit the remaining mucus material is removed with the other end of the q-tip and it's cleared. You have offered me very helpful information these past two years. I really appreciate you and Bill and others who have offered advise and guidance.

Keepers

Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:46 pm

Hi Keeps...........great to hear!, as the other alternative is the not-so-fun one!  

regards,

bob

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