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Urostomy: How do you care for skin under the wafer?

Ostomy | Last Active: Jul 23, 2020 | Replies (16)

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@candywocrn

Hi @katydid77, The best way to care for your peri-stomal skin is with water. When you remove your pouching system, clean the skin really well with warm water. Then pat the area dry before placing your wafer back on your skin. Try to avoid soaps with lotions added. If your skin is irritated, you can try some stoma powder and skin protectant under the wafer before applying to help. Here is a link to an article on tips for skin care around your stoma: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-an-ostomy/newsfeed-post/peristomal-skin-care/

There is also a great website that you can use to help diagnose issues that may arise with the skin around your stoma. It is called the Peristomal Skin Assessment, https://psag-consumer.wocn.org/#home.

What tips do others have to maintain healthy skin around their stoma?

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@candywocrn, thanks for the links. We appreciate all the help.

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