Proper ostomy maintenance is key to a healthy stoma. Your Ostomy wafer and pouch use an adhesive like Hollister adhesive spray to stick to the area around your stoma. Having a secure seal around your stoma is important. Having your ostomy pouch and wafer remaining in place and fitting snug and secure can mean having the confidence that your wafer and pouch won't leak or become loose. This also means that your output from your stoma won't contact the surrounding skin and become irritated. Having your products working as they should meaning spending less on supplies.

Ostomy supplies Manufacturers like Hollister, Coloplast, and Convatec put in a lot of work to create an adhesive that best suits their Ostomy Systems.

Adhesive How-to's

  • The Most important step you can do when applying an adhesive is a skin check. Always perform a skin check!, New products can cause irritations because of skin reaction. Does your skin turn red?, burn, Itch? Most adhesives shouldn't bother you but it's always a smart decision to do a skin check before applying it to the full area.

  • The next step and almost equally important to securing your ostomy supplies is to clean the area around your stoma. Use a non-scented soap preferably without oils or moisturizers. These ingredients can work against the adhesives and prevent them from sticking. Rinse with fresh water.

  • Air dry the skin around your stoma. Using anything like a towel or tissue can leave behind pieces of tissue or lint and will prevent the adhesive from sticking with your ostomy supplies.

  • Now that the skin around your stoma is clean and dry you can then start to apply the adhesive. Using your liquid or spray adhesive, apply a thin smooth layer around the stoma and onto the skin that will come in contact with your ostomy supplies (wafer). Too much adhesive can cause irritation and makes drying times longer. Your adhesive coating should appear smooth without feeling clumpy or gummy. Any clumps should also be removed.

  • For the next few minutes allow your liquid adhesive to dry, Your skin will start to feel sticky. Next apply your ostomy wafer ex: Convatec Wafer If using a Two Piece ostomy system you would just remove the pouch leaving the wafer attached to drain your pouch or throw away if you are changing ostomy pouches. Never glue your pouch or ostomy system to your body, Only use adhesive with a wafer.


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