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What Are Barrier Rings?
Barrier rings, which are sometimes called Eakin rings (although Eakin is just one brand of many), are often used when an ostomate experiences leaks.
Barrier rings work by swelling up around the stoma when it comes into contact with liquid or ostomy output, providing effective protection for any skin that’s exposed.
How Are Barrier Rings Sold?
Barrier Rings are boxed in quantities of 10-20 individually wrapped packages. Some brands offer two thicknesses.
These rings are usually not cheap (if you’re paying for supplies), and typical run around CDN$5.50 per ring.
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How to Use Barrier Rings
These rings can either be placed around the stoma before applying the wafer, or to the wafer directly (after you remove the release liner on the wafer).
They tend to be quite sticky, and should be applied to dry, unbroken skin for best results.
Because these rings are pliable (like Play-Doh), they can be molded around your stoma for the perfect fit.
It’s best to use gentle pressure over your appliance after fitting it on top of the barrier ring, for a few minutes. This will help the ring stick to your skin better, and will allow the wafer to stick better to the ring!
In my video “How To Change an Ostomy Appliance” (found HERE), I show how I put on a barrier ring.
Tips When Using Barrier Rings
- Just because you get a ring, doesn’t mean you have to use a ring! You can easily tear these rings in half and use whatever you need.
- These rings do tend to break down and often “melt” when they are worn for prolonged periods of time, or if you sweat a lot. Some brands break down sooner than others, so it’s best to sample a few, since these tend to be expensive.
- Barrier rings can also help to fill in gaps near your stoma.
Are Barrier Rings Vegan-Friendly?
Many barrier rings contain gelatin, however, there are few (like Eakin rings – the brand) that are free of animal ingredients.
You can find an up-to-date list of which ostomy product, including rings, are free of animal ingredients HERE.