Peristomal Skin Care

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
11/04/14  10:27 AM PST
Peristomal Skin Care

Top tip for everyone with a stoma (new ostomates and veterans)

The skin around you stoma should look and feel just like the rest of the skin on your abdomen. If the skin four inches out from your stoma doesn’t look or feel the same, it’s time to find out why. Sometimes to maintain peristomal skin care, all you need are small fixes – such as changing your bag more often, or changing it after going swimming. For some skin issues, you may need to see a Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse (WOCN) to get assessed. You may have to see a doctor to prescribe you nystatin powder if you are experiencing repeated yeast infections around your stoma.

Learn more about peristomal skin care in the articles below, including images of different skin conditions:

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