After surgery, the skin around your stoma should look like it did before surgery. The best way to protect your skin is by:
- Using a urostomy bag or pouch with the correct size opening, so urine does not leak
- Taking good care of the skin around your stoma
To care for you skin in this area:
- Wash your skin with warm water and dry it well before you attach the pouch.
- Avoid skin care products that contain alcohol. These can make your skin too dry.
- Do not use products on the skin around your stoma that contain oil. These can make it hard to attach the pouch to your skin.
- Use fewer special skin care products. This will make problems with your skin less likely.
Be sure to treat any skin redness or skin changes right away, when the problem is minor. Do not allow the problem area to become larger or more irritated before asking your health care provider about it.
The skin around your stoma can become sensitive to the supplies you use, such as the skin barrier, tape, adhesive, or the pouch itself. This could happen slowly over time and not occur for weeks, months, or even years after using a product.
If you have hair on your skin around your stoma, removing it may help the pouch to more securely stay in place.
- Use trimming scissors, an electric shaver, or have laser treatment to remove the hair.
- Do not use a straight edge or safety razor.
- Be careful to protect your stoma if you remove hair around it.