having some bag questions

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/29/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been about 3 weeks since my surgery. I had a proctocoloctomy with a diverting loop ileostomy and have been doing great with the bag. I usually change the bag every three days or so and I was wondering about itching. I am very itchy under the adhesive usually around bedtime too. Also I was wondering about pain around the stoma, not the actual stoma, but an inch or so away from it is really tender to touch and push on. So i was just wondering if that was normal and if there is anything i can do mainly for the itching.

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   Posted 6/29/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Beck.

Itching usually indicated leaking, but if it's not leaking:

I usually itch from not washing the area. Most of the time I shower with the appliance ON, (cause I don't like to poop on myself). I notice if I go a few weeks without taking it off to clean around it, it itches.

Also, i have to alternate between appliances too. I have very sensitive skin, and this helps to not get it too irritated. I only switch to another type when it start itching.

It's probably still tender around your site. it hasn't been that long since your surgery.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/29/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I was worried i was having a reaction or that a rash was breaking out. So ill try washing the area when i change it to see if that helps the itching.
Well thanks for the advice and the input.

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   Posted 6/30/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
It's very common in the beginning to develop a fungal rash around the stoma site, so ask your doctor to call in some Nystatin anti-fungal powder to the pharmacy. Also, Calmoseptine Ointment is a good skin barrier. I like to use unscented Dove soap for sensitive skin to clean the skin around the stoma. Also, make sure your skin is dry before applying the wafer. Good luck!  

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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