Appointment Icon

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

00 Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E. Hickman Road
Waukee, Iowa 50263

00 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

01 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

00 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

04 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

05 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

00 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

02 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Skin Care Issues

Skin irritation, rashes, or breakdown of the skin around the stoma may be caused by leakage from around the flange, irritation from an improperly fitted appliance, or rash from a skin infection.

Sore skin due next to or near the stoma:

  • Periodically measure the stoma and resize the flange opening to be slightly larger than the stoma.
  • Use an opening that is just slightly larger than the stoma so that your skin is protected and the wafer does not rub your stoma. 
  • Use a light dusting of ostomy powder to any wet, open skin and then apply the properly fitted flange over the treated skin. Change the flange in 3 days and treat again if not totally resolved.
  • DO NOT use ointment.


  • Sometimes a rash is caused by a skin infection, skin sensitivity or leakage.
  • The rash may be red or red with bumps. The rash is usually itchy.
  • Make an appointment with the ostomy nurse to evaluate the rash.
  • Use the treatment only a short period of time to clear up the rash. Stop the treatment after the rash is gone.
  • If rash persists, contact the ostomy nurse.

Folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle) appears as red bumpy rash:

  • Redness that occurs at the base of each hair shaft may indicate the hair is pulled out traumatically with flange removal.
  • Remove the hair from the adhesive area by either clipping with scissors or shaving.

Allergy to wafer:

  • If a rash perfectly matches the wafer, you may be allergic to the adhesive, ostomy paste or barrier.
  • When cleansing the skin, do not use any soaps. Rinse the skin well. Do not use any skin preparations.
  • If rash persists, make an appointment with the ostomy nurse.