Most people living with an ostomy experience irritated skin now and then. However, irritated skin is not normal. In order for your ostomy pouch to be comfortable and worry-free, it is important to prevent skin irritation and maintain healthy skin around your stoma.
The cycle of irritation
Leakage leads to contact between output from the stoma and the skin, which causes irritation. Once your skin becomes irritated, the adhesive on the pouch won't attach properly leading to more leakage and continued skin irritation. It is important to prevent leakage and keep the skin around your stoma healthy. A proper fitting pouching system and the appropriate accessories can help prevent leakage.
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Six steps to healthy skin around your stoma:
- Make sure your skin is clean and completely dry before applying the adhesive part of the pouch
- Adjust the hole in the adhesive so that it fits exactly the diameter of your stoma. After surgery, it’s normal for your body shape to change. It’s important that you keep checking to see if your template is the right size and shape for your stoma. Check this by positioning your cutting template over your stoma to see if the hole fits perfectly.
- Regularly check the size of the stoma, especially if you have a hernia
- Ensure full contact between the adhesive and your skin by exerting light pressure with your hand
- Change your appliance as soon as you feel any itching or discomfort
- Make sure to use the stoma appliance and accessories most appropriate for your body profile
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