Skin irritation around stoma

Hello folks I am new here. I went for 2- step j pouch. Done with my first surgey 4 weeks back. I was planning on having my takedown done in 12 weeks post the first surgery post first operation but just doesnt seem that will happen. The skin around ostomy is very sore and burns all day no matter what kind of appliance or extended wears I use. My surgeon adviced me to have the takedown soon. Any suggestions about how should I go forward. Also my ostomy output is also very liquidy. I have to clear the bag upto 8 times in a day period . That would roughly be same or even more with the pouch so its pretty high frequency. 

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Sorry it’s cuasing you trouble. Have you been measuring your output? If I remember correctly if you’re outputting more than 1600 ccs then you should talk to your doctor. Are you taking Imodium or anything? Sometimes taking in certain foods will help it thicken up- potatoes, peanut butter, etc. 

What do you use for the skin around the stoma?  I used to eat a marshmallow to stop the output for a few minutes so I could change my bag without liquid coming out. I’d clean it off and spray it with the barrier spray and dust it off with the powder. My doc said the powder is what works to heal the skin. I used to take a picture with my phone every time I changed the bag, so I could compare and see if it’s gotten worse. Would that be helpful??

If it’s causing you pain and it looks like it’s getting worse, you will want to call the osteomy nurse (or doc) to get it checked out. I would always rather call and get it looked at rather than let it possible get worse

Do you have the takedown date set? Most of the time the doc will want to do a test to check and make sure it’s healed before to proceed. 

Raj posted:

Hello folks I am new here. I went for 2- step j pouch. Done with my first surgey 4 weeks back. I was planning on having my takedown done in 12 weeks post the first surgery post first operation but just doesnt seem that will happen. The skin around ostomy is very sore and burns all day no matter what kind of appliance or extended wears I use. My surgeon adviced me to have the takedown soon. Any suggestions about how should I go forward. Also my ostomy output is also very liquidy. I have to clear the bag upto 8 times in a day period . That would roughly be same or even more with the pouch so its pretty high frequency. 

Hello Raj,

That sounds painful. Are you following a low-residue diet? Bubba1028 had some good suggestions for slowing output – I would second those.

Also, do you have an ostomy nurse you can visit or telephone at your local hospital? If not, maybe you could telephone the ostomy association in your country or state and find out where you can get help.

Hope you get it sorted out soon.

Sarah

Thanks you guys.

I live in India. We do have good clinical facilities but those are in big cities. Mine isnt so big so getting a good ostomy nurse to change bag is not an option. I've been doing it with my mother assisting me from very start. 

As for the amount its not above 1600cc but even with less than a half full bag i have to just empty it or it'll just pull the wafer off from the other side. I do use the stoma powder but coudnt get wipes to clear it off as amazon wouldnt deliver them here and no clinics got it. So that too doesnt work.

Being allergic to peanuts I dont have peanut butter. To thicken the output I usually have bananas,sweet potatoes,mashed boiled potatoes but then the output just would get so thick it wont move causing pancaking. Thats bad too shortening my wafer life further.

I guess its a rarely a problem for othes as only i've been going through this among all the people i've contacted so far.

If someone would of told .e back then what i know  now. Try using 100% psyllium husk. It is simply fiber. It thickens the stool and therefore you will not have that liquid that burns so bad. I have been taking it for 34 years. One of the best things to try even after your take down. Get the orange flavor. I drink my fast. Use cold water and big table spoon full. Good luck. 

I have a permanent ostomy and empty around 10 times a day - which appears to be normal per another support group I visit. In order to keep the appliance from pulling off we need to empty it when 1/3 to 1/2 off.

There is a barrier spray on amazon vs the individual wipes. Did you try to order the spray? My stoma appliance supplier carries the wipes and spray. Have you checked with your supplier? You probably have  

If I were you I'd try imodium, up to 7 per day, and psylium. You should take the imodium before you eat and psylium after you eat. Since we are taking psylium to thicken our output we aren't to take it with all the water, as in the instructions.  Mix it in a little bit of applesauce. 

I had my takedown at 8 weeks. Maybe that is what your doctor has in mind. Good Luck!

When I had my stoma some 8 years ago the skin around the rim began to get red and irritated;; one of the things that might be effective is a Swedish made seaweed based stuff....Can't recall the name but, I have a distant relative in Sweden who has a permanent stoma, and I think the name is Collagel, but not all drug stores or suppliers may have it...…...

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