Ostomy Resources, Tips and Product Reviews

Colo-Majic Ostomy Liners for Ileostomy and Colostomy
What are Colo-Majic Liners?
Colo-Majic liners are a flushable liner for ostomy pouches. The liners are intended to be used in closed-end two-piece ostomy pouches. They are made of a thin material that comes in two varieties, one is biodegradable and the other is not. They are both flushable and stop you from having to empty and drain your colostomy or illeostomy pouch. The liner is put inside the pouch you are already using and once it is 3/4 full, you take the liner out and then flush the liner and it's contents. [More]

Medical Adhesives and Medical Adhesive Removers Banner
What are Medical Adhesives?
Medical adhesives are a skin safe adhesive compound that are used to attach medical appliances like ostomy wafers and flanges and/or external condom catheters. Medical adhesives are also used in surgery. There are adhesives that contain natural latex such as Perma-Type surgical cement as well as silicone adhesives such as Urocare's Uro-Bond. Medical adhesives are intended to be used on skin and are designed to be skin friendly. [More]

Hollister Adapt CeraRing - Skin Barrier Rings
Adapt CeraRing: Ostomy Barrier Rings
Adapt CeraRing are a brand new version of Hollister barrier rings and they are now infused with ceramide.Hollister has gone all in with ceramide and for good reason, ceramide helps protect the skin around your stoma. When you are using your Hollister CeraPlus flange and wafer you will be able to fully benefit from the ceramide because your ostomy barrier ring will also be infused with the same skin saving CeraPlus. This is great news for anyone who uses Adapt barrier rings. You can still get that Adapt perfect seal while you protect your skin from moisture loss. [More]

What is Ostomy Stoma Powder?
What is Stoma powder?
Stoma powder is a non-medicated powder that is designed to absorb moisture from raw or broken skin surrounding a stoma. Stoma powder is not made of the same type of powder that is found in baby powder or body talc. They should not be used interchangeably. Stoma powder is to be used around a stoma which is the result of an ostomy surgery. Stoma powder can be used with a colostomy, ileostomy, and/or urostomy. By absorbing moisture the stoma powder can help the ostomy barrier/flange to adhere better while allowing the skin around the stoma to heal. Ostomy stoma powder is not meant as a skin protectant and it will not prevent irritation. It is only meant to be used to absorb moisture from skin that is moist to the touch due to irritation. [More]

What is Ostomy Paste - A Helpful Guide for Ostomates
What is Ostomy Paste? Ostomy paste is actually not a paste at all. It is the consistency of paste that is used more like a caulk than a glue or an adhesive. The caulk like paste is used to fill in uneven skin contours to help create a flatter surface. A flatter surface is important because the ostomy wafer will adhere better if it is completely flush against your abdomen. The ostomy wafer will not stay in place if there are gaps between the wafer and your skin. If there are gaps, the ostomy wafer can become dislodged completely or it can start to leak. [More]

Thanksgiving Dinner with an Ostomy

Eating with an ostomy can be a challenge but it doesn't have to ruin your time with family and friends at Thanksgiving. The most important thing to remember is, food has an influence on your ostomy output. Being prepared and having some extra knowledge can help make a family dinner a success. If you have never looked into how food and your ostomy interact, you can check out this great Ostomy Nutrition Guide.
Family Dinner with an Ostomy Survival Kit: [More]

What Are Absorbent Ileostomy Gel Packets?

What Are Absorbent Ileostomy Gel Packets?
Absorbent Ileostomy Gel Packs turn liquid output into a uniform gel. The small packets dissolve so you don't have to open them up, just place the packet inside your clean ostomy pouch. When the gel pack comes into contact with liquid output, it will cause the output to form into a gel. This makes the bag easier to drain and it is helps keep the output at the bottom of your bag. When your output is sloshing around inside your bag it can cause leaks because it will often clog up your filter. Absorbent gel packs combat this by dissolving quickly and forming a uniform consistency. [More]

What is an Ostomy Wafer & Barrier?
What is an Ostomy Wafer or Barrier?
Ostomy wafers are the same thing as ostomy barriers. The ostomy barrier is the part of the appliance that goes against the skin and has a hole that fits around your stoma. The ostomy barrier is often called a flange, wafer, device, or appliance. An ostomy barrier sticks to the skin around your stoma by using adhesive. The skin around your stoma is called your "peristomal skin" and surrounds your stoma. The ostomy barrier goes around your stoma and protects your skin from stomal output. The ostomy barrier also allows your ostomy pouch to connect to your body. [More]

Hollister Cera Plus Ostomy Price Update
Hollister, known for ostomy care innovation, has lowered their pricing on the CeraPlus line of ostomy systems. Now, the skin friendly and revolutionary ostomy supply is even easier on your wallet. The price for CeraPlus is now in line with Hollister's other ostomy supplies such as, New Image and Hollister Premier. If you were waiting to make the switch to CeraPlus, your patience has been rewarded. There is no longer a large price difference between CeraPlus and the other types of ostomy wafers and flanges Hollister carries. There is a lot of talk from Hollister that they will be updating many products with CeraPlus such as their Adapt barrier rings. As soon as they become available we will let you know what they are like and how they differ from the current Adapt rings. I am excited for these new products because the number one thing I hear from ostomates is how much time and effort they put into skin care. CeraPlus might be the answer. [More]

How to Treat Urinary Crystal Build Up in Urostomy
What is a Urostomy?
A urostomy is an opening in the stomach or abdominal wall that has been made so urine can be re-directed away from the bladder. The small opening is called a stoma, which will look like a colostomy or ileostomy stoma. This procedure is done when the bladder has been damaged due to disease, accident, or an issue at birth. The bladder would be removed or bypassed and the urostomy would serve to remove urine from the body. A urostomy pouch will need to be worn. Urostomy pouches differ from ostomy pouches, instead of a wide mouth opening a urostomy pouch has a drain valve that can be connected to tubing in order to connect to another urinary leg bag or a night drainage bag. The additional tubing and urinary bags would be used when you need to go a longer period of time between emptying your pouch, like when you are sleeping or traveling. [More]