Keeping skin irritation under control is a matter of following a routine of checking the skin every time you change your baseplate. Ensure you clean the area thoroughly and then check the skin around the stoma. You should be looking for the following:
Before you remove the baseplate -
- Check to see if any part of it has melted or washed away.
- Look for any evidence of urine or stools leaking underneath the baseplate
Once the baseplate is removed, examine the skin around the stoma –
- Are there any signs of leakage and that your skin has been directly exposed to stool or urine?
- Is there any adhesive residue from the baseplate on your skin?
- What colour is the skin? Is it the same as the rest of your abdomen?
- Is there any redness, irritation or rash? (Apart from the very slight redness that should fade within a minute or two of removing the baseplate).
- Are then any open areas of skin?
- Is there any soreness of the skin?
If you have any problems seeing any areas of the skin – such as below the stoma – use a hand mirror to give you a better view.