Stoma powders and pastes can make your ostomy experience better. Protect the skin around your stoma, get a better seal to prevent leakage or alleviate symptoms of irritation with the wide selection of high-quality ostomy powders and pastes available here.
What Is Ostomy Paste?
Contrary to what the name may imply, ostomy paste doesn’t provide adhesive properties. Instead, it functions more like a filler or caulk to address uneven or contoured skin or create a flatter surface for supporting the barrier plate. To do this, ostomy pastes come in tube and strip forms to apply.
Why might a patient need to use ostomy paste? Folds or other uneven areas around the stoma can create adhesion issues, preventing the barrier from securely remaining on the skin and increasing the risks for detachment and leaks. Application helps fill the gaps and create a more secure ostomy experience.
To use, ostomy pastes and strips are applied to the barrier plate rather than directly to the skin. After application, it’s recommended that you hold the barrier in place for at least a minute to establish a secure hold with the skin and improve adhesion. Before applying, be sure to thoroughly clean the skin of residue, avoid soap and dry the area, as wet skin can further pose attachment complications.
What Is Ostomy Powder?
Building off issues involved in applying a barrier and paste, wet, weeping skin increases the risk the barrier will detach and cause the stoma to leak during wear.
Ostomy powder provides moisture control. This has a two-fold benefit: Damaged skin can heal while receiving protection from stomal output, and your barrier has a greater chance of remaining in place during the day.
As a note, ostomy powder isn’t an everyday product. Patients are recommended to use it if they have moist, raw or damaged peristomal skin. Once the area heals, stop applying ostomy powder to the skin.
Selection of Ostomy Powders and Pastes
We carry a wide selection of ostomy powders and pastes from brands you trust, like Hollister Adapt, Coloplast Brava and ConvaTec Stomahesive. If you’re uncertain about which skin protectant paste, barrier strips or stoma powder is best for you, get help from our friendly and knowledgeable customer care associates. They’re happy to discuss product specifics or help place your order — whether you prefer talking on the phone, texting, live online chatting or emailing.
The three most common peristomal skin problems are contact dermatitis, irritant dermatitis and fungal infections. As with any change in health, you should contact your doctor or health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of new or recurrent problems with the skin around your stoma. An ostomy powder will help alleviate certain skin problems by absorbing moisture from broken skin around the stoma.
Another cause of peristomal skin irritation is stoma leakage. Ostomy paste is like caulking that helps seal your pouching system and protect against leaks. It can even out your skin’s surface to create a better seal with the base plate of your ostomy.
But if your skin is even and smooth, you shouldn’t need ostomy paste. A light dusting of ostomy powder helps keep the skin around your stoma dry, reduce irritation and help the base plate of your ostomy system adhere better. Once you’ve determined that you’re using the correct type of ostomy system for your situation, find a wide variety of ostomy powders and pastes here.
Whether you’re a caregiver or an ostomy patient, you may have wondered how to use stoma powder and paste to create a crust on denuded peristomal skin. The crusting method creates a barrier over severely damaged skin to which the barrier can adhere while protecting the irritated skin. For some ostomates, the crusting method is a great way to provide security with their ostomy appliance.
Consult a professional wound care nurse or skin care specialist if you’re at all unsure about the condition of the skin surrounding your stoma.
To apply the crusting method, first gently clean the area with tap water or a no-rinse skin cleanser. Sprinkle a thin layer of stoma powder over the entire area, and then spray the area with a barrier spray. Once dry, this combination should allow adhesion of your ostomy pouch while protecting your skin so it can heal.