Ostomy accessories are additional supplies that can be used to improve ostomy system performance and protect stomal skin. These include stoma paste, ostomy barrier rings, stoma powder, and more. Ostomy accessories are optional, though many ostomates find that they make life with an ostomy easier and more convenient. We recommend trying out different accessories and deciding which are most beneficial to you.
Stoma paste is a caulk-like substance that helps fill in any divots or uneven areas of skin. This provides a flat surface for your ostomy wafer to adhere to, which will create a better seal. A better seal reduces the risk of leaks and helps keep your wafer properly adhere to your body. Ostomy paste goes between your body and the sticky side of the wafer. Stoma paste can be applied to the ostomy wafer itself or directly to your skin, whichever you prefer. After applying the paste, it is a good idea to let it set for a minute or two before applying the ostomy wafer to your body. This will keep the wafer from slipping around during application.
Ostomy barrier rings serve the same purpose as ostomy paste by filling in any skin contours. Some people find the rings more convenient to use versus the paste. The thin, donut-shaped rings are made from a flexible material that fits around your stoma underneath your wafer. If moisture or output comes into contact with the ring, the material expands to protect the delicate stomal skin. Barrier rings can be layered on top of one another, cut, or stretched to help improve the fit of your ostomy system. Barrier seals are available in a multitude of shapes and sizes to suit your preferences.
If your stomal skin is raw or weepy, stoma powder can be beneficial because it absorbs excess moisture and protects irritated skin. If you try to apply your ost omy wafer to wet skin, it will not adhere properly and can also cause further skin damage. Before you attach your ostomy system, you'll need to apply a thin layer of the powder to the broken skin and tap off any excess powder. You then can dab or spray skin prep over the powder, which is known as "crusting". This technique allows the powder to absorb excess moisture, while the skin prep seals the powder in place. It shields the broken skin and prevents further irritation. Visit our blog for more information on ostomy skin care.
A stoma cap is a very small closed ostomy pouch that is worn in place of a regular ostomy system. This mini pouch holds very little output, so it should not be worn for a long period of time. It is commonly worn during times of intimacy, while swimming, or when you need a small discreet solution to your ostomy care. Stoma caps are available in one-piece and two-piece styles, just like traditional ostomy bags. A stoma cap should not be used if your stoma is active or unpredictable. Generally, this product works best for people with a colostomy. Stoma caps are less appropriate for people with an ileostomy and should not be used if you have a urostomy.
In order to keep your ostomy system or urological system working at its best, it is important to regularly clean the pouch with an ostomy appliance cleanser. Appliance cleansers flush any residual output from the ostomy bag, as well as uric crystal buildup. This product also kills bacteria to deodorize the ostomy pouch. Appliance cleansers are specially formulated to work with plastic or rubber pouches and help extend the life of your ostomy system.
Express Medical Supply also carries liquid solutions that go into your pouch to prevent ostomy odor. These ostomy odor eliminator drops are available in scented or unscented versions and are easy to use. Simply add a few drops of the product into your pouch before you apply it to your body. There are also liquid deodorants that double as pouch lubricants. Lubricating deodorants help output slide to the bottom of the pouch rather than sticking near the top, which can cause stomal irritation. Hollister m9 is one of the most popular ostomy odor eliminators.