Hi I am Soozi and new obviously to site. Joined to look for answers for rash because of recent 23 February temporary stomas installation. I will leave my question at the bottom of page, any help appreciated. Happy Fridays and thank you. Soozi
Under the sticker part of bag about a cm and a half away from stoma is the upset rash (it is painful beyond words). Size wise for rash he is about 2 cm’s by 1 cm (not perfect circle) with a few tiny others and is slightly raised and angry. I also have a few very small red bits which are probably normal for just having a stoma installed. I only use barrier cream (the kind in all chat rooms they recommend) every 3 days on the advice of the stoma nurse on the phone and water when cleaning. I change the bag once a day although with the intense pain yesterday 3 times thinking the new bag might help. To relieve the pain I put an icepack just underneath the bag and it works. The pain is ok at night on my back after about 10 minutes. Standing up and walking round is very painful, right now I have my icepack on and although the pain maybe there, I can’t feel it, which is great. My question is, can I not put a rash cream on the rash area only? Surely the bag will still stick around the rash bit and it should be fine? If I am allowed then what type of cream is best, a nappy cream? Any help welcome and I will also call the stoma nurse today. Thank you.
Hi Soozi, I'm Kay
My stoma nurse gave me a powder I use under my flange. I apply a small amount of the powder (Brava Powder by Coloplast) to the irritated skin, then I pat on a (No-Sting Skin-Prep by Smith&Nephew) and let it dry. Looks like a glazed donut, it's called crusting. Just go easy on the powder and skin prep, a little goes a long way and make sure it is completely dry. Then I apply my flange like normal. Most of the time it clears up the rash by my next bag change. However, I only change my bag every third day, unless accidents occur, which is rare. Please ask you nurse about this before trying it.