Ostomy Resources, Tips and Product Reviews

How to Care for the Skin Around Your Stoma
Caring for the Skin Around Your Stoma
Having an ostomy means caring for and monitoring the skin around your stoma. Imagine the circle of skin that goes directly around your stoma and think about the constant irritation that skin deals with every day. Your stomal skin is in almost constant contact with adhesives from your ostomy flange/wafer. Not to mention that at some point your stomal skin will be in contact with stomal output. This is a problem because the potential for irritation is constant and it isn't like you can just stop wearing an ostomy pouching system! The stomal skin comes into contact with so much irritation that some people think red and broken skin around their stoma is normal. It is not normal. Your stomal skin should be as healthy as the rest of your skin. You can't ignore skin irritation and you can't just accept it either. You have to try and heal it or better yet, you can work to prevent irritation from starting. Wearing an ostomy pouch is not optional. Most ostomates wear an ostomy pouch all the time, day and night. [More]

3M Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film
3M Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film When you have an ostomy you will be using an ostomy wafer and pouch system every day. The ostomy system uses adhesive to keep the ostomy wafer secured around your stoma. The adhesive over time can cause skin irritation. Your skin can become damaged due to prolonged periods of adhesive use or exposure to stomal output from leaking ostomy appliances. It is important to know how to protect damaged and irritated skin. [More]

Convatec Eakin Cohesive Ostomy Paste for Ostomy Care
Convatec Eakin Ostomy Paste:
Alcohol Free Means Sting Free
Eakin Cohesive paste is the newest addition to the Convatec Eakin family of products. It is a new ostomy stoma paste that is alcohol free which means it is sting free so it won't hurt tender and sensitive skin. Eakin ostomy paste is quick and easy to use and unlike other ostomy stoma pastes it won't harden, Eakin paste remains soft and pliable. The fact that the Eakin paste remains pliable means it is more comfortable to wear. One common complaint that Convatec heard was that once ostomy paste sets, it became rigid and unyielding which meant it felt uncomfortable under the ostomy wafer and it also felt uncomfortable in the folds and crevices of the skin surrounding the stoma. [More]

Ostomy Information for New Ostomates
Ostomy Information for New Ostomates
First off, in case you don't know what an ostomate is, an ostomate is a person with an ostomy. Any kind of ostomy, it can be an ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy, any kind at all. If you have an ostomy, you are an ostomate. When you become an ostomate whether it was planned or due to traumatic injury, you will have a lot of new words thrown at you. Ostomy pouches, ostomy barriers, flanges, baseplates, there is a lot to learn. The doctors and nurses who make up your medical team may use words you have never heard before. They may assume you understand what they are saying because they understand it themselves. One of most important things you can do is learn how to advocate for yourself. It is impossible to know everything so don't feel bad if you don't understand something [More]