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Using Calamine Lotion on skin around stoma

Posted by Gr8g8ts, on Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:30 am

Recently I've been experiencing pain and bleeding of the skin immediately around my stoma.  I think I read somewhere here about dabbing Calamine around the area but I can't find it now.  Anyone have information/experience with this?  Or a better solution?  Thanks

Reply by ron in mich, on Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:57 am
hi I,ve occasionally used calamine lotion around my stoma when I get a raw spot,i dry the skin as best as I can then apply some lotion and let it dry and then apply a little more, then I put the wafer or base plate on, I use a 2pc. system then attach the pouch.
Reply by Gr8g8ts, on Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:20 pm


Thank you!  It's stinging quite badly at the moment so I got some Calamine at the store this morning and will try it during a "quiet time" this afternoon. 


Reply by julianatheory151, on Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:54 pm

I've been using calamine recently and it has helped a great deal!

Reply by marozz, on Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:14 pm

I do use calamine lotion when the skin around the Stoma is bare and sometimes bleeding.

Recentlly I tried Sudo cream and found it is more soothing.

Reply by Rusty, on Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:16 pm

If using Calaomine lotion, do not shake the bottle, but let it settle, then carfully pour off the water on top until the lotion is pure and thicker.

Then apply to your skin. More effective.

As told to me by my ET nurse years ago.


Reply by GraphX12, on Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:28 am
Gr8g8ts wrote:


Thank you!  It's stinging quite badly at the moment so I got some Calamine at the store this morning and will try it during a "quiet time" this afternoon. 


Please report back as to how this worked out, Gr8g8ts. I too have skin issues.

Reply by GraphX12, on Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:32 am

Have any of you who have used calamine/Sudo cream/etc. experienced any interference with the wafer sticking or leaks?

Reply by marozz, on Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:47 am

Hi,I agree with Rusty when using Calamine lotion .The way I do it is store the bottle upside down,when I have to use it I carefully open the cap slowly & with a cotton bud  get the thick Calamine lotion and dab it around the sore spot .I found that using Sudo cream it heals the skin around the Stoma & stops the itching.

Use a hairdryer  to make sure that it is all dried up before attaching the wafer.Winter time I never had any leaks but summer time I do get the occasional leak because of the hot  weather and perspiration .Hope you find my way of doing it useful and you don't get any more leaks 

Reply by becrhomat, on Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:08 pm

Oh this is great! I'll have to try when needed!!

Reply by Robinsa, on Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:31 pm

Hi I found your post regarding calamine lotion to help sore skin round your stoma. I also suffer from sore skin from time to time and was advised by my consultant to try a dry powder inhaler containing Beclometasone normally used for asthma. It contains steroid that very quickly heals any sore skin I have. I had to get my doctor to prescribe the meds. Firstly you have to carefully open the inhaler by destroying the plastic container over a clean sheet of paper and store the powder contained in a small clean container. I clean and dry the skin round my stoma and then dab a very small amount of the powder on the areas of sore skin and rub it in. The new base plate will stick as normal. I have found my skin heals in a few days. I use a mouldable base plate two piece system and only need to change every 3 to 4 days. 

I hope this may help you and others in the future.

See report from a trial below I found on the net  

Topical application of a beclometasone steroid inhaler for treatment of stoma inflammation.

Boland J1, Brooks D.
Author information
Barnsley Hospice, Church Street, Gawber, S75 2RL, UK. ****
We describe two cases of peristomal inflammation which resulted in pain, poor adhesion of the stoma bag and faecal leaking. The inflammation did not respond to regular cleaning and barrier film sprays, but dramatically improved with the application of a beclometasone dry powder aerosol inhaler sprayed onto the inflamed skin around the stoma site. A steroid inhaler was used to decrease the peristomal inflammation without affecting the adhesion of the stoma bag which could be caused by creams.
PMID: 22573469 DOI: 10.1177/0269216312446363

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