Help with SKIN PROBLEM! (photo link provided)

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   Posted 11/7/2010 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
In the last 18 months, Tyler (my husband, who has an ileostomy) has had a skin condition on his chest which our doctor told us was eczema. Tyler copes well with this, and while the rash never went away, it never caused him major problems either. However, in the last four months or so, a strange sort of rash has been slowly forming around the area where his bag usually sits, and this is of great concern to us. Just in the last week, the peristomal area has become itchy, red, and flaky. Tyler is greatly concerned, and we will be seeing a doctor very soon regarding this problem. However in the meantime, I have uploaded two photographs to my flikr photostream, in the hopes that someone here can give us advice, or offer some clues as to what this skin rash may be.

Please note that the stomal rash in the photographs is NOT AT ALL underneath his appliance - it is strictly *around* the area where the border of the bag usually sits.***N02/?saved=1

PLEASE go to that link, look at the pictures, and then tell me what you guess it might be. I am thinking thrush, eczema, or possibly psoriasis. Does anyone else have a problem like this, or have you ever seen something like this? Please reply - we are very worried because it was SO itchy for him this morning!

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   Posted 11/7/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
     I didn't look at the photos yet, but I also have dry flaky, itchy skin around the wafer and also under the wafer.  My ostomy nurse told me to use the stoma powder.

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   Posted 11/7/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't see the pictures. But my skin is also sensitive to the edge of the bags. So I wear a baby's bib between the bag and my body. It's the perfect shape and size for the bag to stay away from my skin. I had used a handkerchief to wrap up the bag before but it's not as convenient as using a bib.
In the meantime, your husband can try to keep the bag away from his skin by putting it in an over-sized cotton sock. See if it'll help. Good luck.
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   Posted 11/7/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
If it's where his bag sits against his skin maybe he could order some ostomy underwear from vanilla blush or ostomysecrets so it sits in a pocket inside his underwear. I guess this way it doesn't touch him?

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   Posted 11/8/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
He needs to use a barrier cream which you can get from his ostomy suppliers - i had to use it religiously for incredible itching and redness - it does help
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