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Know when to call the doctor

  • Bleeding: Blood in the pouch or a deep cut in the stoma itself.
  • Change in the way your stoma looks (swelling, color change, bulging)
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting that can’t be controlled
  • Diarrhea, especially with signs of Dehydration
  • No output from the stoma in 2 days (Colostomy)
  • No output from the stoma in 8 hours (Ileostomy)
  • No output from the stoma in 6 hours (Urostomy)
  • Foul smelling or cloudy urine (Urostomy)
  • Back pain in the kidney area (Urostomy)


And know when to call your ostomy nurse

  • Breakdown of the skin around your stoma
  • Difficulty maintaining a good seal around your ostomy appliance
  • If you just want reassurance that what you are experiencing is normal

–Remember, a call to the ostomy nurse now may prevent more serious ostomy complications later.