Discover how ostomy seals and barrier rings can help get a better fit for your ostomy pouch.
Why Use Stoma Seals
Ostomy pouches and wafers adhere best to flat, smooth, unbroken skin. But the skin around a stoma may be irritated, wrinkly, creased or otherwise uneven. For this reason, ostomy seals and barrier rings may be a necessary accessory for your ostomy pouch. Whether you use a one-piece pouch or a two-piece ostomy system, an ostomy seal can create a better overall experience by filling in cervices for a better fit between your skin and the skin barrier. This can mean fewer leaks, less irritated peristomal skin and possibly longer wear time for your ostomy pouch.
Conformable vs. Non-Conformable
Ostomy seals and rings come in many sizes and shapes, but they all fall into two basic categories: conformable and non-conformable. As the name suggests, conformable stoma seals are malleable, meaning you can bend, stretch and mold them to conform to the contours of your stoma. If the size and shape of your stoma is symmetrical, a round or oval ostomy seal or non-conformable washer may provide enough cushion and protection. But for irregular stoma shapes and peristomal areas that are irritated or uneven, conformable medical seals can be stacked or molded to fit. Most conformable ostomy seals become extremely flexible when warmed between your hands. Some brands are infused with ceramide or other skin-loving ingredients to support healthier skin.
Alternative to Ostomy Paste
Colostomy barrier rings and other stoma seals are easier to apply than pastes or powders, especially for patients with limited vision or dexterity. Because stoma seals and barrier rings come in one piece that you can shape as needed, they eliminate the potential mess from tubes of paste. Stoma powder is only meant to dry up weepy or denuded skin, and skin barrier paste can be used like caulk to fill in gaps. By contrast, these medical seals and barrier rings have adhesive qualities that help keep the wafer of your ostomy pouch in place while protecting against leakage. Browse round, oval and wrap barrier rings in sizes from one-inch diameter and up that are conformable or non-conformable, convex or flat from brands you trust.