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.
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!