Help! Ouchies! (SKin around stoma)

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 9/15/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Ostomy newbie here - only a few weeks in. The little bitty bit of skin around my stoma that isn't covered by the wafer of my bag is red and irratated and HURTS now. It stings, especially if poop touches it, which it does all the time. I JUST changed the one piece bag, and really don't want to change it again.  It's a tiny piece of skin, I think the wafer pulled up a little right there. Do I have to change bags again? If/When I do, what should I do to help that irratation? Paste? I have adapt Paste and Adapt Powder they gave me when I came home from the hospital.
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
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Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!

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   Posted 9/16/2007 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
First off, get some no-sting barrier wipes for when you change your wafer again. They help clean the area without burning and they help protect the skin.

Second, it sounds like your wafer is a little too big (its hard to get the exact correct size most of the time, and your stoma may have shrunk some more) or not holding up as long as you're wearing it because stool eats away at it. If you know it's the exact correct size, maybe change it a day earlier next time.

If that doesn't work, if the wafer is degrading around the stoma because of the stool, you may want to use paste or Eakin Seals to protect the area. You may want to use one of these products now, at least until you get that area of skin healed. I like Eakin Seals, especially while you're red and sore, they seem to help heal the area, and the paste has alcohol in it and may burn a little. The Eakin Seals can be expensive, but you can get some samples from Convatec that may get you through the healing process then you can go to the paste.

The beginning is always hard until you figure out what works best for you. Good luck and keep us posted.

25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 9/19/2007 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
sfgiantsjo, I love the Eakin Seals as well. They are extremely flexible. You simply mold them around your stoma. I have very sensitive skin and am allergic to most Hollister products. I'm now using Convatec products. Check with your doctor or hospital to see if you can get an Edgepark catalog. There are lots of products and descriptions in the catalog. I use this catalog, but order through Sterling Medical which my insurance uses. I also use adhesive removers to ease with the removal of the wafer. The no-sting barrier wipes are also wonderful. 3M Cavilon is an excellent no-sting barrier wipe.

Great advice, JudyK89!
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