I've had my ileostomy about
a month now and have developed some pretty awful skin problems underneath and around the wafer. The skin in that area is very itchy, red, and bumpy. However, there's a little ring of healthy skin just surrounding the stoma, where the stoma paste goes. For that reason, my ostomy nurse thinks I'm probably allergic to the adhesive on my Hollister wafer. She brought me some samples of a Convatec appliance, which I put on yesterday. She also got me started using some skin prep wipes and a prescript
ion anti-fungal powder. She thinks the rash might be fungal because I've been having trouble getting the area dry after my showers. I have to use a big chunk of gauze under the wafer to protect my main incision (the wafer would cover it otherwise), and the gauze gets absolutely saturated and it's impossible to get dry with the cool setting on a hairdryer. I've started wrapping myself in Glad Press n Seal before my showers.
She thinks that if this stuff is going to help, I should see big improvements within a week. I know I just changed pouches yesterday and it's probably too early to judge, but I think I'm even itchier now than I was with the Hollister appliance. I liked the way the Hollister pouch worked better, too, and I honestly just want to go back to it. Am I jumping the gun here?
Any advice for me beyond what my nurse is doing?