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Frequently asked questions about skin care around your stoma

Looking after the skin around your stoma is a vital part of the everyday management of living with a stoma.

Frequently asked questions about skin care around your stoma

It is not normal to have sore skin around your stoma. There are various reasons why you might be suffering from sore skin around your stoma.

We have created a list of your questions answered from patients about skin care around the stoma with solutions using Eakin Cohesive® Seals and Paste. 

Q. The skin around my stoma is very red, sore and weepy.

Cohesive® Seals can heal sore skin by protecting it against further damage and allowing the skin to heal underneath. Users see fast results once they switch to Cohesive®.

For more information please refer to the Cohesive® Seals product page.

Q. I have a large area of irritated skin around my stoma.

Large Cohesive® Seals are 98mm in diameter so they can cover a large area of skin. The Cohesive® material is very skin friendly and by absorbing moisture and immobilising digestive enzymes, will help to heal irritated skin. 

For more information please refer to the Large Cohesive® Seals product page.

Q. The output from my urostomy burns my skin.

Given the watery consistency of the output from urostomies, it is useful to cover a large area of skin.

Large Cohesive® Seals are 98mm in diameter, so they are ideal for urostomates. The Cohesive® material is very skin friendly and by absorbing moisture and immobilising digestive enzymes, will help to heal irritated skin.

For more information please refer to the Large Cohesive® Seals product page.

Q.  My stoma lies in a valley so I need to protect the surrounding skin.

Large Cohesive® Seals should be rolled out from the centre hole and then placed right up against the stoma. Gently roll the seal back again towards the stoma until you have a snug fit. The rest of the seal can be used to ‘travel up’ the valley so that the surrounding skin is protected.

For more information please refer to the Large Cohesive® Seals product page.

Q.  I have a red mark around my stoma in the shape of my base plate.

It seems that your skin is allergic to the skin protector on your pouch/base plate. If you are generally happy that your pouch is perfect for you and are reluctant to change, simply place a Large Cohesive® Seal around your stoma before you apply your pouch. This will allow your skin to heal and prevent further irritation.
 
For more information please refer to the Large Cohesive® Seals product page.

Q.  My stoma paste stings my skin when I apply it.

Cohesive Paste® is a unique alcohol-free formula which does not sting the skin on application. It is based on the Cohesive® formula which has been protecting skin for 30 years.

For further information please refer to the Cohesive Paste® product page.