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
Leaks
Supplies Guide (Articles include videos)
Travel
Q&A
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6 thoughts on “Ostomy Care

  1. 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.

    • Hey James,

      I’ve used that PVC connector trick many times over the years but never wrote about it!

      Your post reminded me to, so I’ll try to put something together for that! Glad it works for you!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • Hi Carole, condensation is normal since your stoma “sweats” to keep it moist. Barrier rings are designed to swell, but you might want to try different brands to see if another one might work better for you.

      Also, consider using an extended wear wafer if you find that your wafer breaks down quickly because of the moisture. Hollister calls their extended wafer Flextend.

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