Is my skin normal?

The skin around your stoma, or peristomal skin, which is the skin under the adhesive part of your pouching system, should appear similar to the skin everywhere else on your abdomen. However, research indicates that many people with ostomies have skin problems and do not report or recognize them. If you are ever in doubt, it is better to ask questions and seek help from an ET Nurse who can direct you if you need further treatment from another medical professional. Small problems can turn in to big ones quickly, so better to ask sooner than later!

Remember, sometimes your skin may look pinker, redder or darker right after you take off your adhesive pouching system. This should fade away after a few minutes.