Scratching the Surface of Peristomal Itching

Itchy peristomal skin can be a very real problem.

Scratching the surface can reveal some surprising facts about skin health around the stoma. For people living with an ostomy, this urge to scratch is more common than you may think. And when itching is top of mind, it is hard to think of anything else.

How much do you know?

We surveyed both people with stomas and ostomy care nurses to uncover the truth about peristomal itching. Learn what they said in this interactive quiz. You may be surprised!

What percent of people with stomas experienced itchy skin around their stoma?1

What percent of ostomy care nurses had patients who reported peristomal itching?2

How many people with stomas who experienced itching did not talk about it with their healthcare provider?3

When providing care to their patients, what were the ostomy care nurses mostly likely to say about itching?4

How many people with stomas who experienced itching had healthy looking peristomal skin?5

How many ostomy care nurses could remember a time when their patient reported itching around their stoma and had healthy looking skin?6

What did ostomy care nurses say is the most common cause of itching in healthy looking peristomal skin?7

2 in 5 people noticed their peristomal itching was worse at a certain time of year. In what time of year did these people experience itchy skin more often?8

According to people with stomas who had healthy looking skin, which of these things made their itching worse?9

Which of the following did 4 out of 5 ostomy care nurses say made the itching better when the peristomal skin looked healthy? (Their top answer!)10

So what's next?

Skin health can make a big difference in your quality of life with an ostomy. A combination of activities, products, and resources can help you live life the way you want to live.

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1, 3, 5, 8, 9 Consumer Survey of Pruritus, Hollister Incorporated, 2016. Data on file.
2, 4, 6, 7, 10 Clinician Survey of Pruritus, Hollister Incorporated, 2016. Data on file.