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|1. How do I treat red/irritated peristomal (area around the stoma) skin?|
A. First check the hole size of your ostomy appliance. The hole needs to fit the shape & size of the stoma. The edge of the opening should not touch the stoma. Also there should not be more than 1/8" of skin showing around the stoma.
NOTE: Measure the stoma with a pattern/template. Adjust the size of the opening as needed. If you wear a precut system please call us. We can give you the stock number of the appliance you will need for the correct size.
B. Powders such as "Convatec's Stomahesive" or "Hollister's Premium Powder" can be used to treat red irritated skin.
|2. How do I know the opening in my wafer/pouch fits correctly?|
A. The opening you cut or the precut opening should fit close to your stoma without touching the edge of your stoma. No more than 1/8" of skin should be visable.
B. You will need a stoma pattern/guide template to measure the stoma. If the pattern is not provided with your current ostomy supplies call Arkansas Ostomy for a sample.
C. Your stoma size/shape may change weekly for the first 6 to 8 weeks after ostomy surgery. Thereafter it will likely change very little but can change occasionally.
|3. What is the difference in a one and two-piece system?|
|4. How often do I need to change my pouching system?|
5. Do I need to use "stoma" powder on my skin with each pouch change?
6. Is there a support group for Ostomates?
7. Is it necessary to use paste to ensure adherence of my pouching system?