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Swollen Stoma

Posted by Angelicamarie, on Thu May 16, 2019 11:44 pm

Hello All,

Since having my colostomy, my stoma has swollen up on three diffrent occasions. This of course has been a frightening event for me or dare I say could be for anyone.

Each time the swelling happened, I messaged my surgeon and provided a picture along with my concerns and symptoms. Only once did I have to be go in to be examined.

Your stoma could or maybe particially blocked from something you consumed. Here is something you can or may try before seeking medical attention. If your stoma is still red in color and your still having output.

Sit in a warm bath for 15 to 20 minutes.

Apply a heating pad directly on your abdomen.

Sprinkle a small amount of table sugar directly on the stoma (helps the swelling go down).

Please be advised, this method works for me and your situation or results may be different.

Lastly to avoid the possibility of this happening to you, "CHEW YOUR FOOD COMPLETELY BEFORE SWALLOWING!"

Hope this helps someone.....

Take Care,










Reply by Mike6952, on Fri May 17, 2019 2:48 am

You should always chew your food each mouth full 12 times this breaks it down and it also lets your body know you have eaten well and will feel full. Go ahead try it for a a few meals 😏

Reply by Morning glory , on Fri May 17, 2019 8:15 am

Great  suggestions.  I hope I don't  have to use any. I think  this was particularly  interesting ; with using sugar.

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Fri May 17, 2019 9:17 am

Great advise Angel! Hope you don’t have to deal with that a fourth time! 


Reply by Mike6952, on Fri May 17, 2019 9:24 am

We only talk sense on here dont we

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Sun May 19, 2019 3:44 pm

Hahaha Mike... of course we do......wink wink!!

Reply by iMacG5, on Sun May 19, 2019 4:34 pm

Thanks for the advice, Angel.  Thanks for all you share.



Reply by newyorktorque, on Sun May 19, 2019 8:00 pm

Angelica I always look towards you for inspiration and positive thoughts that my heart sunk when I heard of your swollen stoma.  I wish I could sit in a warm bath without a bag on but with my high liquid output I would be sitting in a bath of ostomy juice.  And the sugar...that didnt hurt you?  I hope you are on the mend now and feeling better.  

Reply by Angelicamarie, on Mon May 20, 2019 1:08 am

Hello All... Thanks for your comments!

Take Care, 



Reply by xnine, on Mon May 20, 2019 5:01 am

Mine goes from a large prune to a mushroom. Thanks for the info. Hope I never need to use it. I will have to copy and paste it somewhere so I can find it if needed.

Reply by Angelicamarie, on Mon May 20, 2019 6:02 am

X... Thanks for sharing...

Take Care,


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