I have had my stoma now for 5 years and all is ok,but sometimes i get the irrestible urge to scratch around it due to a terrible itch.i sometimes make the part raw by scratching then i find that the pouch cant stick to my skin as it is broken and sometimes bleeding!does anyone else have this and what is it the makes the itchiness so intense ?? Thank you.
I would suspect you have an allergy to the adhesive on your pouch. You might try a different pouch with a different adhesive seal, and if you can leave the pouch off for a little bit each day and use a hydrocortisone cream around the stoma to reduce the skin irritation, that may help. Rub the cream in well, let it dry thoroughly, and apply the pouch later if your bowel activity is predicatble at all.
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