Understanding Your Stoma
Just like you, each stoma is one-of-a-kind
Stomas vary in size and can be round, oval or irregular in shape. It may protrude or stay flat against your skin.
Stomas do have some similarities. All stomas should be shiny, wet and red in color, similar to the inside of your mouth. A stoma does not have nerve endings; therefore, it should not hurt. It is, however, rich in blood vessels and may bleed slightly if irritated or rubbed. This is normal, but if bleeding is prolonged or if the discharge from the stoma is bloody, please contact your healthcare professional.1
Selecting the best pouching system depends on your stoma type and the particular physical characteristics of your stoma.
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1. Azimuddin DK. Guide to care for your ILEOSTOMY. Houston, TX Colon & Rectal Surgery. https://colonsurgeonhouston.com/blog/guide-to-care-for-your-ileostomy. Published November 3, 2020. Accessed November 17, 2022.