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When should you call a doctor about your stoma?

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Call your doctor if you notice any of these problems with your stoma:

  • The skin around the stoma looks red, raw, or it leaks fluid.
  • You have a fever of 101 degrees F or higher.
  • You have nausea, vomiting, pain in your gut, severe constipation, or diarrhea.
  • You're weak, have muscle cramps, or pee less than usual -- these are warning signs of dehydration.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

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