Living with a stoma

Navigating a new stoma care routine can be a bit of a puzzle – but there’s a wealth of support and resources out there to help you master it in no time.

While it’s always wise to chat with your stoma care team about any issues or worries you encounter, we’ve got you covered with some of the most common concerns and how to tackle them.

Applying and changing your ostomy appliance

You’re probably already aware of this, but the area around your stoma is sensitive. Try to be as gentle as you can when applying and removing your adhesive baseplate and stoma bag, and when you’re cleaning the skin around it.  

It’s also a good idea to peel the baseplate off slowly, using one hand to hold the skin tightly to avoid causing any trauma to the skin.

Dealing with leaks

Experiencing leaks with your stoma bag is pretty standard, especially in the early stages as you adjust to your stoma care routine. Luckily, there are plenty of stoma leak solutions that are known for swiftly mopping up the situation.

Getting rid of stoma ballooning and pancaking

Stoma ballooning and pancaking happen when gas builds up in your bag, causing it to bulge or if your output is too thick and sticks around your stoma site. Not only is it annoying and uncomfortable, but it can also lead to leaks and odour. But worry not, it’s a common issue and easily sorted!

Thankfully, there are some straightforward fixes and great ballooning pancaking products to ease discomfort, deflate the problem, and prevent any future episodes.

Sore skin around your stoma

Peristomal skin (that’s the area around your stoma), can get a bit temperamental. It might get sore, red, dry, wet, or even broken.

The usual suspect? Leaks from your stoma bag. But don’t overlook skin sensitivities, allergies, or existing conditions like psoriasis or eczema – they can all play a role.

When your skin’s not happy, it makes life tough for your stoma bag, leading to more leaks and more skin issues. Check out our products to stop this cycle!

Optimising your wellbeing after stoma surgery 

Getting a solid night’s sleep, enjoying your favourite activities, and staying active can do wonders for your overall well-being. Not only do they lift your spirits, but they can also accelerate your recovery.

Sure, living with a stoma might add a few extra hurdles, but it shouldn’t stop you living your life! With the latest stoma support products, optimising rest, recovery, and staying active has never been simpler. It’s all about feeling your absolute best!