Question: What should ostomy site look like?

A stoma should be a beefy red or pink color. The tissue that makes a stoma is the lining of the intestine and should be moist and shiny. It is very similar in appearance to the inside of your mouth along your cheek.

What does a normal colostomy look like?

A normal stoma is moist and pink or red colored. When you first see your colostomy, it may appear dark red and swollen, with bruises. Dont worry. Within a few weeks, the color will lighten and bruises should disappear.

How often should you wash your stoma?

How often should a stoma bag be changed? You can change your stoma bag as often as you feel you need to. If you have a colostomy and wear a closed bag you will most likely change your pouch after every bowel movement – approximately between 1 to 3 times a day.

What can I use to clean a stoma?

Use plain warm water and dry wipe to gently clean around the stoma. Make sure you dont rub. Dry the skin thoroughly with a dry wipe. Pat gently, taking care not to rub.

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