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Redness and soreness around my stoma

Wed Jun 29, 2022 5:38 pm
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I have redness and im sore around my stoma what can i do to heal it or make it feel better. I feel a little pain when the bag rubs against it. Is there some kind of oinment that i can use to make it feel better.

Wed Jun 29, 2022 5:58 pm

do you use a barrier ring if not give it a try hun... I was the sane now not a chance will I go without 1 

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Wed Jun 29, 2022 6:42 pm

Hi..I have had that before.,I now use stoma powder and skin barrier with every change of the bag.  It usually clears up pretty fast!  If I was you I wouldn’t use an ointment, that could get in the way of the adhesion of the flange.   
  Good luck and keep us posted 

Wed Jun 29, 2022 6:42 pm

Hi..I have had that before.,I now use stoma powder and skin barrier with every change of the bag.  It usually clears up pretty fast!  If I was you I wouldn’t use an ointment, that could get in the way of the adhesion of the flange.   
  Good luck and keep us posted 

Wed Jun 29, 2022 8:19 pm


Homie With A Stomie NS wrote:

do you use a barrier ring if not give it a try hun... I was the sane now not a chance will I go without 1 

Yes i do use the ring...thank u..just wanted to see what makes it feel better

Wed Jun 29, 2022 8:21 pm


Hairdresser wrote:

Hi..I have had that before.,I now use stoma powder and skin barrier with every change of the bag.  It usually clears up pretty fast!  If I was you I wouldn’t use an ointment, that could get in ...

So thats all just the powder and skin barrier...i use that every time i change the bag...probably need to change my routine

Thu Jun 30, 2022 12:27 am

Do you have a user friendly stoma where you could leave the bag off for awhile?

Thu Jun 30, 2022 5:19 am

Try the 'crusting technique'. Google it. It involves the stoma powder and the spray. Check with the nurse if it is a yeast infection and then use a anti-fungal ointment. abracadabra its gone.

Thu Jun 30, 2022 6:21 am

Just some thought and ideas to try and help you out ...You might have already but Have you tried the kayra powder  by Hollister? Other powders didn't do anything or I am allergic.. just a thought. You could also try calamine lotion with a skin barrier wipes ,Pepto with a skin barrier wipes or liquid Maalox with a skin barrier wipes.. are you allergic to the barrier rings by chance? (just a thought) ..if you haven't already maybe try paste.. I hope you get you skin healed sore skin is no fun  

Thu Jun 30, 2022 8:19 am

Hi all just a passing thought how close to the stoma are you cutting the hole, the gap between the flange and stoma should be small also how often do you change your flange and bag? 

Thu Jun 30, 2022 8:42 am


ron in mich wrote:

Hi all just a passing thought how close to the stoma are you cutting the hole, the gap between the flange and stoma should be small also how often do you change your flange and bag? 

I was taught as close to the stoma as possible for varrier ring and if you go ringless same rule...closest u can get around stoma make sure you check ur cut to make sure no sharp edges around the hole....


Sat Jul 02, 2022 11:42 am

Hi! I'm answering on my mom's login ;-) I'm a RN who takes care of my mom who has a colostomy. My mother had the same issue in the beginning. She was using a flat wafer with no barrier ring underneath and it was not allowing the wafer to lay flat around her stoma no matter how closely it was cut around the stoma. Stool was leaking underneath and creating redness and skin breakdown. We changed her bag to the the two piece system with a convex wafer. It was easier to cut the opening in the wafer more closely around the stoma since I could visualize it better. In addition to that we used a barrier ring, skin barrier wipes and the stoma powder. And, as someone else commented, I would have it checked out for yeast. This is not medical advice, just the process I use..

I slowly/gently remove the old device, clean the stoma and the surrounding skin with a soft cotton pad and warm tap water. Let it dry. Then I measure the stoma and cut my wafer slightly smaller than the stoma to ensure a close fit, without it being too tight. Put that aside. I take the skin barrier prep pad and go around the entire area that the wafer covers, including the irritated area, getting right up to, but not touching the stoma. Let it dry. I then put a little powder over the area that is irritated only. With a soft cotton ball I spread the powder around over the irritated area until it is barely visable, removing the excess powder if any. I then take the skin prep wipe again and go over the area very gently where I put the powder to seal in the powder creating a layer of barrier and powder, which acts like a thin clear protective layer. I do this two times...skin prep, powder, skin prep, powder and wipe off the excess ( I blow on it to get the excess off ;-)). If you leave excess powder on it might interfere with the adhesion of the barrier ring tape. Then I apply the barrier ring (my mom uses half since it was only leaking on the bottom). I stretch it to the needed shape to fit closely up to the stoma. I then warm up the convex wafer between my hands for a minute before applying it to make it adhere better. After putting that around the stoma, I press it down gently around the stoma/over the barrier ring to create a good seal. I move my fingers around the area around the stoma with light pressure for about 1 minute. Then put the bag on the wafer. I use the lubricating gel (forgot the name) inside the bag so the stool slides down to the bottom of the bag more easily and does not hang around the stoma. If my mom has stool buildup around the stoma at any point, I remove the bag only and gently clean the area around the stoma so it has less of a change to go underneath the wafer, then click the bag back on. This is tricky because when wiping you don't want to push the stool under the wafer, so use your better judgement if you do this. I know this is a lot of information. However, I would have loved to have this information when we were trying to figure this all out. I am a Neuroscience RN, so this GI stuff is somewhat foreign to me! lol!  This has helped my mom's skin tremendiously and she no longer has any skin irritation. I think the skin barrier, powder, convex wafer and barrier ring might solve your problem. Thanks for listening. Good Luck. Hope this helps ;-)  

Sun Jul 03, 2022 4:45 pm


Hairdresser wrote:

Hi..I have had that before.,I now use stoma powder and skin barrier with every change of the bag.  It usually clears up pretty fast!  If I was you I wouldn’t use an ointment, that could get in ...

I get red skin when my stoma itches. If I rub it too much, it'll bleed a little bit! It takes a few days for the redness to go away! But the worse the redness is, the longer it'll take till it heals!

Sun Jul 03, 2022 4:47 pm


AlexT wrote:

Do you have a user friendly stoma where you could leave the bag off for awhile?

What's that?? If I have the barrier and bag off for too long, waste comes out my stoma.

Sun Jul 03, 2022 4:54 pm


ron in mich wrote:

Hi all just a passing thought how close to the stoma are you cutting the hole, the gap between the flange and stoma should be small also how often do you change your flange and bag? 

I change mine when it starts to leak, if I have enough barriers. If I'm out of barriers, I have to go to the hospital ED to try getting more barriers. When I'm out of barriers, I put a wash rag over my stoma to stop the waste from getting on my clothes. When I first had my illeostomy, it was 35 mm, now it's 25 mm. It's trying to go below the level of my skin!



Last edited by Kathyh371 on Sat Jul 09, 2022 9:21 pm; edited 1 time in total
Mon Jul 04, 2022 8:33 am


Kathyh371 wrote:

I change mine when it starts to leak, if I have enough barriers. If I'm out of barriers, I have to go to the hospital ED to try getting more barriers. When I'm out of barriers, I put a wash rag ove...

Kathy,

 Mine did the same thing.. I just had my ileo in Jan of this year and she has gone below the skin level..

Mon Jul 04, 2022 8:40 am


Kathyh371 wrote:

I change mine when it starts to leak, if I have enough barriers. If I'm out of barriers, I have to go to the hospital ED to try getting more barriers. When I'm out of barriers, I put a wash rag ove...

Why not change before you start to leak and avoid the hassle/stress?

Sat Jul 09, 2022 9:20 pm


Hairdresser wrote:

Hi..I have had that before.,I now use stoma powder and skin barrier with every change of the bag.  It usually clears up pretty fast!  If I was you I wouldn’t use an ointment, that could get in ...

What could make the skin a short distance from the stoma red and painful to the touch?

Sat Jul 09, 2022 9:28 pm


AlexT wrote:

Why not change before you start to leak and avoid the hassle/stress?

I'm supposed to change the systems every 3-5 days. Sometimes it leaks after a day or so. But the system I have now, is one I was given while in the hospital earlier this week! I have 7 more Hollister skin barriers. :) And I also have some from coloplast. I like Hollister better!

Sun Jul 10, 2022 8:36 am


Kathyh371 wrote:

What's that?? If I have the barrier and bag off for too long, waste comes out my stoma.

A user friendly stoma is where you don’t have output constantly. When I change my bag, I can leave my bag off for upwards of an hour with no real worries of having any output. I get out of the shower and just lay in bed with the ceiling fan on, blowing cool air on my stoma area. 

Sun Jul 10, 2022 8:39 am


Kathyh371 wrote:

I'm supposed to change the systems every 3-5 days. Sometimes it leaks after a day or so. But the system I have now, is one I was given while in the hospital earlier this week! I have 7 more Hollist...

So if it starts to leak, do you change it right away? Everyone has a different time frame on when their bag needs to be changed. Some daily, some weekly, etc. Them giving you a specific time frame on when to change is just a generalization and not something specific as everyone is different. 

Sun Jul 10, 2022 9:20 am


AlexT wrote:

So if it starts to leak, do you change it right away? Everyone has a different time frame on when their bag needs to be changed. Some daily, some weekly, etc. Them giving you a specific time frame ...

If I change it daily, it's said I mess with it to make it leak, I don't do that! It leaks on its own!! A housemate has told my mom (that's what I call her) that I mess with my systems to make them leak! That's a bald face lie! 😠😠 At times, it's not user friendly! :shrugs: Gotta keep the bag on in case waste comes out the stoma! I don't want waste getting my clothes dirty! While I was in the hospital for 2 months, I changed it, maybe once a week. And that was when I was eating less than I do now!

Sun Jul 10, 2022 10:53 am


Kathyh371 wrote:

If I change it daily, it's said I mess with it to make it leak, I don't do that! It leaks on its own!! A housemate has told my mom (that's what I call her) that I mess with my systems to make them ...

I’m not sure how or why a person would mess with it to make it leak intentionally, that would be just plain weird. It’s obvious you need to adjust something with your setup if you’re leaking daily. Have you called an ostomy nurse to take a look?

Sun Jul 10, 2022 9:54 pm

Late last month, found out my home health care nurse discharged me without telling me! :( So if/when I run out of barriers, back to the hospital ED I go!  Right now, have 6 barriers and 6 bags left of the Hollister line that I got from the hospital last week! :) The redness I had last week is gone. The areas are healing! 

Mon Jul 11, 2022 11:06 am


Beth22 wrote:

Kathy,

 Mine did the same thing.. I just had my ileo in Jan of this year and she has gone below the skin level..

Mine is trying to play hide and seek! :rolleyes:

Mon Jul 11, 2022 4:06 pm


AlexT wrote:

I’m not sure how or why a person would mess with it to make it leak intentionally, that would be just plain weird. It’s obvious you need to adjust something with your setup if you’re leaking ...

When I change the system, I make sure the skin around the stoma is clean and dry before I put the new barrier and bag on.

Mon Jul 11, 2022 4:13 pm

My doctor wants me to take a picture of the area that was red and painful. But by the time I see him, the area will probably be healed!

Mon Jul 11, 2022 5:28 pm


Kathyh371 wrote:

My doctor wants me to take a picture of the area that was red and painful. But by the time I see him, the area will probably be healed!

Take the picture, send it to your doctor, they can look at it and possibly make a diagnosis without you having to go in. 

Tue Jul 12, 2022 1:29 pm


AlexT wrote:

Take the picture, send it to your doctor, they can look at it and possibly make a diagnosis without you having to go in. 

I have an appointment to see him in August to possibly have my CT bag removed. The only thing coming out the tube into the CT bag is air. Next time I text him, I'll tell him the redness is gone and the scabs are healing.

Wed Jul 13, 2022 8:49 pm

Texted him earlier this evening and told him the redness was gone!

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