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Tips for Maintaining a Good Stoma Seal

Monday, January 7, 2019 @ 12:01 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Courtesy of ConvaTec

It’s that time of year again – lower temperatures have everyone bundling up and dreaming of snowy days.

This also means homes are closed up trying to keep the heat from getting out. Unfortunately, other things such as dust, pet hair and other tiny particles can’t get out either. This may affect the seal around your stoma.

Here are a couple of tips to help you maintain a good seal:

Aim to Minimize Leaks

It’s important to get the best seal you can to help prevent leakage. There are several different types of pouching systems and skin barrier options available – find the combination that works for you. See help from an ostomy nurse if you need assistance. Don’t settle for anything less.

Get in a Good Routine

You shouldn’t wait for a leak to occur before changing your pouch. This will damage your skin and cause irritation, which can make it harder to achieve a good seal going forward. Make sure you are properly applying your pouch and change it at the appropriate intervals.

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