It’s vital to keep the skin around your stoma clean and healthy. Get some simple care tips that you can use every day.
The skin around your stoma is called peristomal skin. It is important to keep this area clean and protected from stoma output. Some routine stoma care tips can help you keep your peristomal skin healthy.
Tips for caring for your peristomal skin
The general rule for taking care of peristomal skin is “less is better.” Here are some fundamental tips:
Items to avoid
Again, basic is better for peristomal skin care. Common household products that are NOT recommended for use when caring for your peristomal skin include:
Watch out for peristomal skin problems
If your peristomal skin becomes uncomfortable, itchy, red, or sore, this may indicate some seepage of the stoma output onto the skin. Take off your appliance, wash the area, rinse and dry it, and apply a new appliance. You may need to review the fit of your appliance or contact your stoma care nurse if this problem is ongoing.
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