Bleeding Stoma - Seeking Advice

Sep 04, 2022 9:11 am

I received such great responses to my pancaking problem, I thought I'd delve a little deeper. Does anyone besides me have a stoma that bleeds? I have a two-piece system, and occasionally, if I just nick the stoma while taking off my bag, it will bleed. However, I have recently had a stoma that has little dots of areas that bleed when I'm just sitting back with everything off while changing my system. Sometimes it's worse than others, but I'm curious if others have this sometimes nerve-wracking issue. It never hurts since the stoma has no nerve endings; it's just a little scary when this happens. Any help will be immensely appreciated.

ron in mich
Sep 04, 2022 1:18 pm

Hi Jalrein, yes mine is the same, especially when I'm cleaning up around the stoma and then drying the skin around it with TP.

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Sep 04, 2022 1:54 pm

Yes, I previously had 1 itsy bitsy spot that occasionally had a pinpoint bleed - however, it was not the stoma but rather the very sensitive skin around the stoma - would even burn when I'd apply stoma powder.

Update: It has actually gone away since I started using the thin barrier shield (as recommended by ostomates on this site) which I apply directly to the pouch.

Note: I do not use a 2-piece system.

Sep 04, 2022 2:15 pm

Your stoma is very easy to irritate and will bleed very easily. 99% of the time it'll stop very quickly.

Sep 04, 2022 5:03 pm

Question? - Questions related to stoma bleeding are confusing me (OK, so it's not that difficult to confuse me), but I am wondering: do these questions mean the stoma is actually bleeding, or is it the peristomal skin immediately surrounding the actual stoma?

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Sep 04, 2022 5:12 pm
Reply to Justbreathe

I've actually hit my stoma before and it bleeds very quickly. However, 99% of the times I've had blood, it's right at the base of the stoma where the skin meets because I irritate (hard to believe I could irritate anything) that area while cleaning any residue or output off.

Sep 05, 2022 12:36 pm
Reply to Justbreathe

For me, it's the actual stoma that has bleeding spots. Little drop-like spots that bleed occasionally. As Ron stated, mine does the same, it stops with a little cloth pressure....

ron in mich
Sep 05, 2022 1:08 pm
Reply to Justbreathe

Hi JB, it's my stoma that bleeds, not the surrounding area which I try to keep in good shape by changing my pouch and wafer on a regular basis.

Sep 05, 2022 2:38 pm

Thanks for all these responses - they are the "helpful" replies that make this site so important to me. Although mine has never bled, if it does happen to me, the knowledge of others having the issue will quell any panic!