skin around stoma itchy itchy itchy?????

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sunshinefl
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   Posted 4/9/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   
What do I do for the itchiness around my stoma... I have been having problems with small leakage under my appliance and have an order in for new appliance with convexity but in the meantime I have small bumps ariund it and it itches like h e double toothpicks... I can't help but scratch, I mustve scratched all night in my sleep and mustve scratched so much that the stickyness came off my wafer and needless to say woke up to a mess... I always use powder and adhesive stuff so not sure what else to do about the itch and irritation. Any help would be great. Thanks...

sammies
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   Posted 4/9/2009 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
sounds like you need a new appliance FAST. Is there a nurse or doc that can give you one til your order comes in. That leakage isn't a good thing. Peggy suggested rinsing out with cold water--that helped me. Hope you can get any leakage away from the stoma soon.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


Shaz032
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   Posted 4/9/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, small (moist) bumps usually mean a yeast infection unfortunately. I get them about 2 - 3 times a year due to sweat under my bag and a dose of Diflucan One (one tablet) usually does the trick within a couple of days. I'm not sure whether it's available OTC in the USA though. If it isn't, ask the doc for a prescription. Canasten Cream does the same job, but takes longer and stops the wafer from sticking (which can be a BIG problem) so that's not usually my first option. The tablet is the fastest and easiest.

If it's non-yeastal, get some Mylanta/Maalox/Calomine Lotion. Don't shake the bottle. Skim the watery bit off top and dab the thicker mixture onto your skin. Let it dry (a hair dryer helps this process) and put your new wafer over the top - it will still stick. It helps neutralise everything and helps soothe and heal it. If only the makers of the above product knew what we use it for.

Good luck :)
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sunshinefl
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   Posted 4/10/2009 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for your replies... i received my order last night so hopefully the healing process will begin... you have to get the diphlucan by a precription i may try the mylanta as a cream first but the question i have about that is do i still put the powder and adhesive on also? thanks again...

Shaz032
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   Posted 4/10/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't help you with that cos I've never used powder or adhesive - just my one piece bag and an Eakin Seal. You might have to experiment. Good luck :)
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Bridgie-d
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   Posted 4/10/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
As for itchiness.... I've found that a benedryl right before bed is very helpful...
I used to take it because the pain meds caused me to itch a lot but after I got off those, I found they are still helpful for the itchiness around the stoma sight!
Good luck!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/11/2009 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Good advice, everyone! As for the leakage under the wafer, have you tried using an Eakin Seal instead of Stomahesive paste? It works really well at stopping leakage. You can continue to use powder and Stomahesive paste until the rash clears up. I hope the Diflucan helps!

Just an FYI - Did the ostomy nurse teach you to put the Stomahesive paste only around the hole in the wafer? It's not an adhesive, as the name might suggest. It's supposed to mold around the stoma to prevent leaks. If you put too much on, it will cause the wafer to peel off.
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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