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April 1, 2017

How to Prevent Skin Breakdown Around Stoma

Approximately three-quarters of those who have received an ostomy experience skins problems around the stoma, to some extent. You’re not alone, nor should you be alarmed, assuming the skin irritations are within reasons. The reasons for the breakdown of your skin in this sensitive area are easy enough to identify. Among them, are appliance leaks, frequent appliance removal (which leads to skin-stripping), inadequate sizing of…

March 28, 2017

Ostomy Skin Problems? 5 Stoma Appliances (and Accessories) You Need to Know About

The right appliance can keep the entire area surrounding your stoma smooth. Skin problems surrounding the stoma has been the topic of conversation on our blog for the past week. We delivered a helpful article on products that will help prevent skin irritations, and a follow-up piece on nutritional supplements that may assist in the prevention and healing of skin conditions at the stoma. However,…

March 15, 2017

Stoma Skin Problems? 5 Supplements You Need to Know About

Last week we published an article on products that you can apply to combat skin irritation around your stoma. These were external in nature. Today, InnerGood takes your cure to stoma skin woes to another level by focusing on your inner health, as it impacts your epidermis. This skin problem prevention and repair article will focus on health supplements. Let’s start scratching, beneath the surface….

March 9, 2017

Ostomy / Stoma Skin Problems? 5 Products You Need to Know About

One literal irritation that ostomates have to face from time to time is skin problems around the stoma. Sore and irritated skin can occur from a number of causes. There may be a change in the shape or size of your stoma (did you lose or gain weight?), which can be problematic when it comes to positioning your flange, resulting in leaks that can irritate…

March 2, 2017

How to Choose an Ostomy Bag – What You Need to Know

As someone who has recently received a stoma, you are faced with numerous questions about the products, supplies, accessories and supplements that you need. Of course, the primary necessity is an ostomy bag. But one online search for ostomy bags delivers a pretty big selection, varying in shapes, sizes, price and functionality. In the end, it comes down to the procedure that you received. Did…

February 27, 2017

Ostomy Surgery Recovery: What to Expect After a Colostomy or Ileostomy Procedure

I stood at the bottom of the basement staircase, steeling my resolve to begin the climb.  What was my problem?  Heck, I’d summited plenty of mountains in my life, including an 18,200-foot Himalayan mountain right next door to Everest.  Yet here I was, lacking confidence that I physically had what it took to get up 17 steps to the main floor kitchen.  Just over 3…

February 22, 2017

Why Do Ostomy Bags Burst and How to Prevent It

You’re looking to prevent one of the most uncomfortable (in more ways that one) situations an ostomate can have. You’ve heard (or imagined) the stories, whether on forums or on other ostomy blogs and communities. And while the tales range from overtly descriptive to downright slapstick, they are often not backed by the details you really need. For instance, why ostomy bags burst, and how…

February 19, 2017

Ostomy Eating Habits to Get Into (and Get Out Of)

Good eating habits are essential to everyone. But for someone living with an ostomy, they are even more important. Narrowing down what to do and what not to do can be a bit taxing, considering the amount of ostomy dietary information out there. Today, InnerGood is locking in some “best practices” when it comes to your food (and beverage) consumption. Before you sit down at…

February 15, 2017

Ileostomy Nutrition Supplements You Need to Know About

Before we can address a few key nutritional needs for those living with an ileostomy, we need to clear up the difference between an ostomy, colostmy, and ileostomy. By definition, an ostomy is an artificial opening on the abdominal wall through which waste passes out of the body from the bowel or urinary tract. A colostomy is a procedure where which the opening is from…

February 10, 2017

Preparing for Ostomy Surgery: What to Expect Before a Colostomy or Ileostomy Procedure

Recently we shared an article about the importance of finding the right ET (Enterostomal) nurse.  I can’t emphasize the value of these professionals enough, especially after but even before having ostomy surgery.  In fact, if I had met my ET nurse sooner, I would still have a bellybutton!   Here’s the short version: when my ileostomy happened as an emergency surgery (read more about my…