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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How do I handle altitude sickness and staying hydrated with my ostomy while enjoying my trip to Colorado?
Rob
Hi Rob, that's a fantastic question!
 
Since having my ostomy I have hiked in a couple of high altitude places, including Colorado. I'm glad you're aware of the extra difficulties living with an ostomy can have on the severity of altitude sickness. The good news is, with preparation and a smart game-plan, you can have a great trip and hopefully decrease the chances of having altitude sickness.


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