How to Care for and Prevent Skin Issues Around the Stoma?

Skin issues around the stoma are common concerns for individuals with stomas at different times. Why does the skin around the stoma easily become red, itchy, painful, or even break down? Normal skin around the stoma should be free from redness, pain, itching, breakdown, and moisture, and its color should match that of the skin on the opposite side. When skin around the stoma exhibits signs like redness and itching, it's a warning signal that should be addressed promptly. Otherwise, it can lead to skin breakdown, difficulty with bag adhesion, leakage, and interference with daily life.

How can you maintain healthy skin and prevent issues?

1.Regular Cleaning: Gently clean the skin around the stoma with lukewarm water and mild soap. Avoid using harsh chemicals or soaps.

2.Gentle Patting: Use a soft towel to gently pat the skin around the stoma dry, avoiding rubbing or scrubbing, as this can cause skin irritation or damage.

3.Keep the Skin Dry: Ensure the skin around the stoma stays dry, especially during bag changes. Moist skin is more prone to infection.

4.Proper Use of Stoma Bags: Ensure the installation and use of stoma bags align with the recommendations of your doctor or healthcare professional. Incorrect usage may lead to leaks or skin irritation.

5.Regular Bag Changes: Replace stoma bags as needed to keep them clean and intact. Damaged bags can lead to leakage or skin issues.

6.Avoid Irritants: Steer clear of substances that might irritate the skin, such as glue, tape, or skin adhesives.

7.Maintain Proper Nutrition: A balanced diet is crucial for skin health. Ensure you're getting adequate vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C and zinc, which aid in wound healing.

8.Quit Smoking: Smoking can negatively impact skin health, so it's advisable to avoid smoking.

9.Prevent Skin Infections: If you notice symptoms related to infection, such as redness, pain, fever, or discharge, consult a doctor promptly for treatment.

10.Regular Medical Follow-up: Schedule regular check-ups with your doctor or healthcare professional to ensure there are no issues with the stoma site and to receive necessary advice and treatment.

We hope these suggestions will assist you. The KONWEDA medical team is here with you, ensuring that we take good care of your stoma and prevent any leakage.

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