Irritation around stoma

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   Posted 9/25/2012 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
     This has been an ongoing problem for me, albeit a very manageable one.  However, tonight when I was changing my bag (I use one piece Coloplast Sensura), I noticed it was really red around my stoma and it is bleeding a bit.  Any suggestions?

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   Posted 9/25/2012 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you think a light application of stomahesive powder with some skin barrier prep spray over it will help it? Or maybe a trip to a WOCN?
Wife of 65 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) & now pain free

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   Posted 9/26/2012 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
     I have been using stoma powder but not the skin barrier prep.  Not bad enough for wound care nurse.  It doesn't hurt at all but looks very irritated.  I'll give the barrier prep a shot...thanks a bunch :-) !

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   Posted 9/26/2012 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Is the skin red or the stoma itself? I often have red skin around my stoma. My nurse said to use the powder with skin prep on it, and that helps. I've also been using an extra half eakin on the bottom and that helps too (so 1.5 eakins on the bottom). Now I've been trying the adapt rings, and they seem like they might be better than the eakins.
50 years old, female. Sick for way too long with Crohn's (or possibly UC) Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in Feb 2011. Surgery for lingering perineal wound Sept 2011. All healed up now. Healthier than I ever expected to be again...

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   Posted 9/26/2012 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem. Have had for months! Can't seem to fix it. Looking forward to hearing ideas.
Stephanie, 30 (!!) years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

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   Posted 9/27/2012 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
re-measure your stoma. Sometimes.. they just randomly change size.
And if you use stoma powder just around the stoma, blow off the excess, and then dab the part around the stoma with a barrier wipe. You can do that routine 2 or 3 times, kind of building up a "crusty" surface.
sounds like you should nip this in the bud before it gets worse.
good luck

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   Posted 9/29/2012 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
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