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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]

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]

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]

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 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]

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]

Coloplast Sensura Mio Convex

What is a Stoma?
Stoma surgery results in a small opening on the surface of the abdomen being surgically created in order to alter the flow of feces and/or urine, often called, "stoma output". A stoma looks a lot like a small spout and because it does not have nerve endings it does not feel pain. A healthy stoma is deep red and it looks a lot like the inside of a healthy mouth.
What is a Recessed Stoma?
A stoma generally sticks out from the side of the abdomen this helps the output enter the pouch easier. However, sometimes the stoma is "recessed" or retracted. The stoma can be flush against the skin or just shorter than what is normally expected. This can cause problems because the opening of the stoma does not reach the inside of the ostomy pouch. This can cause the output to cover the skin around the stoma or go between the wafer and the pouch which can cause leaks and damage skin. What is a Convex wafer? [More]