The skin around your stoma is called your peristomal skin. Maintaining healthy skin in this area is very important. Most people do not think about skin health when they think of ostomies. However, the skin surrounding your stoma can have a great impact on your quality of life. Healthy peristomal skin should be intact with no signs of redness, warmth, itching or pain.
Poor skin health surrounding your stoma can lead to leakage, odor, additional healthcare costs, pain and discomfort. Prevention is the key. There are many things you can do to keep you peristomal skin healthy.
Skin Care Tips
Peristomal skin complications are not a normal part of life with a stoma. You do not have to accept the pain of peristomal skin complications. If you have red, broken or irritated skin, seek the assistance of your healthcare professionals.
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