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Skin Care

What does healthy skin look like?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

Healthy skin around your stoma looks exactly the same as the rest of the skin on your abdomen. The colour should be the same, and there should be no obviously sore or…

Is skin irritation common?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

In a word, yes – and a recent study (2010 Global Dialogue Study of over 3000 Ostomy users) showed that close to 50 per cent of people with an ostomy suffer from irritation…

What causes skin irritation?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

The main cause of skin irritation is leakage. And no matter what anyone else might tell you, leakage is not normal. The problem with skin irritation is that it prevents the…

What should I look for?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

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…

Can I shave the area beneath the baseplate?
September 27, 2011 : : 0 comments

If you have a lot of hair around the stoma where the baseplate sticks, then it will be necessary to remove it.  Yes, you can shave around the stoma but you need to…

Could I be allergic to my ostomy appliance?
September 27, 2011 : : 0 comments

Yes – it is possible to be allergic to ostomy products.  However, true allergies (known as allergic contact dermatitis) are extremely rare, and most allergies are usually a reaction to a component in…

What, if any, accessories are right for me?
September 27, 2011 : : 0 comments

Because everyone’s stoma is different, you might find that you need to use one or more ostomy accessory at some point.  Because your stoma is made from living tissue it can change shape…

What are ostomy accessories?
September 27, 2011 : : 0 comments

Because each of us is unique, it stands to reason that everyone’s ostomy is also unique.  Ostomy accessories are designed to make living with your ostomy just that little bit easier.  You might…

What do I do if the removal of baseplates is causing trauma to my skin?
September 27, 2011 : : 0 comments

Trauma to the skin caused when removing the baseplate is usually caused by over-vigorous removal.  Pulling the baseplate off too fast, or in a rough manner, is likely to cause damage to the…

How do I remove residue from my skin?
September 27, 2011 : : 0 comments

In general, most residue from the adhesive baseplate should come off with gentle cleansing.  It is also possible to buy specialist ‘residue removal’ products specifically for this purpose.  If there is any minor…

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