Ostomy Care

Ostomy Care header Let’s face it, sometimes shit happens and our stoma ends up being more of a challenge than it should be.  Fortunately, most of these issues can be fixed with a few adjustments, and this page will highlight some of the most common ways of dealing with them.

Appliance 'hacks'
Common ostomy issues
Skin-related problems
Special topics
Supplies Guide (Articles include videos)
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James McKay 51

I had problems with leakage around the stoma and no matter one piece or two piece the problem was the same. I tried warming the wafer and different brands but none solved completely solved the problem. Recently I used a one inch pvc connector which fits snugly around the stoma and puts an even pressure on the wafer. I also rotate the coupling several times. The couplings come in different sizes, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1/2 inch. Mine is one inch and works awesomely.

Lucille Penner
Lucille Penner

Here’s a tip for making sure the skin around your ostomy is completely dry before you apply your appliance: use a small battery-operated hand held-fan. Your skin will dry in seconds.


Do you have any suggestions for eliminating or reducing the amount of condensation inside the pouch. I seem to accumulate alot of condensation which makes the barrier ring swell. I wear a 2 piece Hollister and an osto-ez-vent.