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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]

United Ostomy Association Ostomy Awareness Day 2017
Ostomy Awareness Day is on Saturday, October 7th this year. I love the theme they have chosen, "Navigate the Journey Together". This is an excellent reminder to everyone who has an ostomy, whether it is an ileostomy, urostomy, colostomy, or any and all ostomies, you are not alone. There are so many people who have an ostomy, there is no reason to feel isolated! United Ostomy Associations of America is a wonderful group that provides ostomy education and support. They help people live their best life before, during, and after ostomy surgery. In my time working with Express Medical Supply, an online medical supply company, I have had the honor to talk to many ostomates. It is a source of joy when I can help them find the ostomy appliance that helps their skin feel better or the ostomy accessories that helps them increase their wear time. The best part though, is when I can tell them that they are not alone, that there are people who have ostomies out in the world. I can honestly assure them this is a fact because I spend most of my time at work helping people who have an ostomy. [More]

Coloplast Brava Protective Barrier Seals for Ostomy

Coloplast Brava protective seals help to seal the gaps that occur between the ostomy barrier and your stoma. The skin surrounding your stoma can come into contact with output and that causes skin irritation and damage. The stomal skin needs to be protected from output and irritation from adhesive. Coloplast Ostomy has created a material, a whole new formula of polymer to make their Brava protective barrier seals work even if you have aggressive output. The protective seals will not fall apart or break down when it comes into contact with output. They are specifically designed for ileostomy, however, they can also be used [More]

Hollister Ostomy Solutions for Odor Control
Hollister Ostomy Solutions for Odor Control
Hollister has a complete line of ostomy supplies, they offer one piece and two piece ostomy systems, rings and seals, and many different ostomy accessories. I have discussed the new Cera Plus products that Hollister has made and how they help with skin care. Cera Plus is such a great solution for helping your skin stay healthy that I realized I have neglected the other things that Hollister does well. Hollister Ostomy has two products that work to control odors associated with ostomy output. [More]

How to Use 3M Nexcare Stomaseal Colostomy Dressing
What is a Regulated Colostomy?
A regulated colostomy is when a person uses ostomy irrigation to regulate their stomal output. Ostomy irrigation is a medical procedure that Colostomates can use to control their stomal output. It takes time and patience and should be overseen by your medical team. If you are interested in starting ostomy irrigation, contact your ostomy nurse or your physician so you can discuss with them if it is right for you. Ostomy irrigation is intended for people who have a colostomy, if you have an ileostomy then it would be difficult to have success with ostomy irrigation. The benefits of having a regulated colostomy would be controlling your stoma output which would mean you would not have to necessarily wear an ostomy pouch all of the time. Instead you can wear a stoma cap, mini pouch, or a stomaseal dressing. [More]

Achievement Unlocked Ostomy Pouch Change in a Public Restroom
When you have an ostomy, your ostomy is with you all of the time. It doesn't go away when you are shopping, working, or running. As an ostomate you will need to find ways to make your ostomy work in every situation. Not just when you are in the comfort of your own home. You will need to change or empty your ostomy system while you are away from home. In order to change your ostomy pouch in a public restroom you will need to plan ahead. This is an important achievement to unlock for anyone with an ostomy. Having an ostomy does not mean your life is reduced to your home, you will be able to do all the things you enjoyed before. Learning how to care for your ostomy takes time and patience but it is worth it. [More]

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]