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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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After a shower and gentle soap cleaning I do 2 things that has helped me. First , I use a portable hair dryer to dry the stoma area. Then after I apply the apparatus I use Hy-Tape ( very skin sensitive, and friendly, but sticks really well) . I use this as a supplement to the barrier and put a piece about 2 inches long at the top, bottom and sides of the flange. I play tennis 3-4 days/ week, I shower 3-4 times / week and live in Hawaii witth 80+ temp. My device last 6-7 days.

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@Dragoness. Thanks for your input. It’s amazing you have found a way to be active and yet have success. Are you using a two piece pouch? Since I last posted here we have had a visit with the ostomy nurse at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. We now use a one piece, deep convex pouch. We use no barrier ring or extra tapes of any kind. We change it every four or five days and have (knock on wood) had no problems with leakage. We have a new lease on life.

Our Nurse, Kathy, has us using over the counter Flonase as an anti inflammatory on the skin and it was magic. Simply spray the skin with a light coat after drying from the shower, let that dry or use the hair dryer on cool setting, and apply the pouch. This has been a seven month learning experience. For clarification, my husband has a UROSTOMY so urine has been the issue.

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