The UOAA suggests you call your doctor or ostomy nurse if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Severe cramps lasting more than two or three hours
  • Unusual odor lasting more than a week
  • Unusual change in stoma size and appearance
  • Obstruction at the stoma and/or prolapse of the stoma
  • Excessive bleeding from the stoma opening, or a moderate amount in the pouch in several emptyings (Note: eating beets will lead to some red discoloration)
  • Severe injury or cut to the stoma
  • Continuous bleeding at the junction between stoma and skin
  • Watery discharge lasting more than five or six hours
  • Chronic skin irritation
  • Stenosis of the stoma (narrowing)
  • Unable to wear your pouching system for 2-3 days without leakage
  • Cramps lasting more than 2-3 hours
  • Continuous nausea and vomiting
  • The ileostomy does not have any output for 4-6 hours and is accompanied by cramping and nausea
  • Severe watery discharge lasting more than 5-6 hours
  • Severe odor may indicate infection
  • A deep cut in the stoma
  • Severe skin irritation or deep ulcers
  • Excessive bleeding from the stoma opening (or a moderate amount in the pouch at several times of emptying)
  • Continuous bleeding at the junction between stoma and skin
  • Unusual change in stoma size (prolapse or retraction) and appearance (color)
  • A deep cut in the stoma
  • Excessive bleeding from the stoma opening (or a moderate amount in the pouch at several emptyings)
  • Continuous bleeding at the junction between stoma and skin
  • Severe skin irritation or deep ulcers
  • Unusual change in stoma size (prolapse or retraction) and appearance (color)
  • Fever and strong odor that may indicate a kidney infection

If you do go to the doctor or hospital for any complications, make sure to bring extra supplies with you in case they have to remove your bag for any reason.