Irritated skin around stoma!! Itches!!

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   Posted 6/6/2011 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
So my skin is irritating around the stoma it itches. N is sore. Wat can I do for fast relief ??
Diagnosed w/UC 4-7-. Went from proctitis only in rectum to full pan colitis. No Meds have worked,Been hospitalized 3xs n 5 mnths. Have Gastritis also. Current Meds: pred 20mg 7days tapper to 5mg. Nexium 40mg. Xanax1mg.had proctocolectomy on 5/26/11. Went really well despite code blue! Healing now. Ostomy is gonna take sum getting used to! Nxt surgery n 3mnths!

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   Posted 6/6/2011 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried using stoma powder with skin prep dabbed over it before you put your wafer on? Also in another thread someone was talking about crushing up maalox and putting it on there.
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

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   Posted 6/6/2011 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I use an eakin seal for this problem. It's a ring of sticky stuff that goes around the stoma and protects the skin. When you put one on, it will make a barrier between your output and the irritated skin, and it won't itch (and the skin underneath can heal).

You can get free samples to try.

Also make sure you're measuring your stoma every time you change the pouch this close to surgery. It shrinks, and if the hole is cut too big, then you'll have more contact around the stoma.
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

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   Posted 6/6/2011 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Dab some Malox on a cotton ball on the irritated area around your stoma and allow it to dry. Then do it again as another layer. It does give some temporary relief. I had the same problem with my stoma the entire time I had it. Hope it gets better for you.
DX UC - in 2005 when I was 37
Tried every drug-even Remicade-nothing worked
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy)6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal)10/8/10
Very pleased with my results

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 6/7/2011 3:31 AM (GMT -6)   
adapt rings or eakin seals should prevent the itching. w/o it i'd itch all the time and leak easily.
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 6/7/2011 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you allergic to the brand you are using? A Benadryl would work for that until you can get another brand to try.
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

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   Posted 6/11/2011 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Friars balsam compound benzoin tincture. It is a liquid first aid product. I put it on the entire wafer area right up to my stoma and even on my stoma. Friars dries sticky. Your flange will stick to it. If you have any open skin it will heal it quickly. On open skin it burns like fire for a few seconds, but it works. It will stop the itching also. It's about $35 for 100 ML from rougier in Canada. Phone # 866 470 6886.


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   Posted 6/11/2011 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to itch like crazy....... no fun!
The powder is great, but make sure you don't put too much on, or you will leak in a few hours!!

Whenever my skin starts to itch, I know it is time to change my flange.... Especially in this NC heat..... I need to change it more often.

Since I have been going more by how my skin feels around the stoma, than how many days I've worn it, I have not had any issues with leaks or bad rashes around my stoma.

Make sure your opening is not too big on your flange!
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