Stoma flush with skin

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/21/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a temporary ileostomy that is now 7 weeks. My stoma has been shrinking down, which I understand is normal. It is flush with my skin, and I am using the convex Coloplast wafers. Even though, the skin right below the stoma is getting really raw because no matter what I do, stool just keeps laying against the skin. I use the Eakin seals, Stomadhesive powder and paste,but the opening to the stoma is right there. Any suggestions? the rest of my skin looks good. Should I contact the wound care nurse at the hospital? I am finished with my home health nurse, so I am not sure if it is really a problem or not.

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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried an insert? An insert goes inside your wafer around you wafer. It pushed the wafer close to your skin. Here is a link to look at the insert

I use these regularly and they help me a lot.
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
my stoma is flush at the bottom, and raised 1/2 inch at the top. so i know what you are going through. the stool kept seeping into the seal, causing it to leak. i was changing the bag every day, and it was so raw that it was bleeding. i found a stoma nurse local to us and she fitted me with a hollister convex bag. no wafers, no paste, just the convex bag. It made my stoma pop up enough at the bottom to allow the stool to avoid the seal. I slept in the recliner for a while to keep the stool off the seal at night. I hope this helps...
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/21/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I don't know anything about the seal, but maybe I will try the convex wafer without all the other may not be able to push down far enough to pop up the does one ever get used to this!

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   Posted 1/23/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
A convex insert works great for me too. It pops right inside the wafer so that I didn't have to buy a lot of new wafers. I was able to use the stock I had on hand without spending money on new wafers.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
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