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Minimize the Pain of Silver Nitrate

If you’re like me, using silver nitrate to reduce tissue build-up around your stoma site can be very painful. One suggestion is to ask your physician about numbing the area first with a drop or two of 2% Lidocaine. It should be left on the tissue area for a couple of minutes, then dabbed off, before the silver nitrate is applied. I find it much less traumatizing and more comfortable to deal with. The 2% Lidocaine may be prescription only, but a little goes a long way and certainly cuts down on the pain. (Note: because you use so little each time, it is wise to store the Lidocaine in a dark area at room temperature.)

—Barbara Witt
Port St. Lucie, FL
wluckybucky@aol.com
(561) 344-8908

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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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