Hello everyone, I am asking a question about the skin around my ileostomy. It is quite red and sore. It looks like it is irritated where the stiches are starting to disolve but it is really burning. My first stoma used to be about 1 1/4th inches but the stoma nurse told me this one is a little larger, about 1 1/2 inches. I am not sure if I should be cutting the skin barrier a little smaller or not. If I put the wax ring over the sore skin it will really cause a problem when I remove it for changing. I called my Osteo nurse who didn't seem real concerned about it and told me just to watch it. I don't have a fever and the area isn't warm. There are some bumps but I think it is where the stiches are. I don't think those bumps are from an infection. I tried to put stoma powder on it but I am not sure how much to put on. I also have some cream that numbs pain but I don't know if it is safe to use it. Are there any other things I can do to heal it up without having to go back to the hospital? Would soaking in a tub of warm water help it or make it worse?