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Soothing Skin Irritation

Our son, Matthew, was diagnosed with pseudo-obstruction syndrome of the small bowel and had a G-tube placed a few months before his second birthday. The nurses told me about a concoction that they called “butt paste.” They said it was the best ever for any skin irritation. They made it with equal parts of Desitin, Mycostatin powder (or you can substitute any anti-yeast cream), Neosporin ointment (or generic), and hydrocortisone cream (over the counter).

When Matthew started having problems with persistent granulomas, the doctors wanted to use silver nitrate to clean up the site. They told me it would burn and so I told them not to use it. I tried the butt paste instead and it worked beautifully.

Matthew is twenty-one years old now and we have had several comments from medical professionals and special education school personnel about how healthy and clean his stoma looks. I have tweaked the concoction over the years. I’ve deleted the Desitin and added Prep H (or generic) ointment. I use just a small amount on the stoma after every bath. It works. The site is healthy and not painful at all.

—Teresa Madden
Ibmaddenmom@aol.com 

Editor’s note: There are some concerns amongst our medical advisors about chronic use of topical steroids and antibiotics (Neosporin and Mycostatin). Also, one of our medical advisors adds, “‘Butt paste’ is aquaphor jelly cholestyramine in mylexicon.”

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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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