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I have had an ileostomy since I was 24 and am now 78!! I have had a fairly easy time with it and it has not stopped me doing all the usual things. The last few years I have found I have to use a seal as the skin around the stoma has got a bit tired.

The last few days had sore skin around it which stopped the bag sticking - but I was advised to use gentian violet on the skin and this has helped a lot.

Problem in S.Africa is that everything is imported and thus very expensive and our health system is a joke.

Any other suggestions about healing sore skin would be gratefully received.

Bless you all.

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