• What do I need to know about colostomy care? Any tips or tricks?

    Asked by StegalMan on Thursday, March 28, 2013

    What do I need to know about colostomy care? Any tips or tricks?

    I'm just nervous about having to carry this thing around with me.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • LauraJo's Avatar

      Well, for starters, never change the bag right after a meal - I learned that one the hard way :)
      If you are having problems with the edges sealing, Nexcare makes a wonderful foam tape that I could put around the edges, and that allowed me to swim and not worry about leaks. If you use the skin powder, apply it, then blow it off your skin thoroughly, as that will cause the adhesive not to stick properly. Get a squirt bottle, and keep it in the bathroom - you can use that to rinse the bag out, if you are getting the kind you empty - keeps the process a bit neater. Keep a spare set & change of clothes in your car, in your office, whereever, just in case. And you can work with your supply company to get a bag that works for you. I had a really nice small one from Coloplast - it was opaque, so I didn't have to look at the contents all the time, and their seals really held up well. Hollister's not so much. And relax...for me, the anticipation of the bag was really worse than the reality. Good luck, and if you need more info, feel free to ask.

      over 3 years ago
    • Becky@UMich's Avatar
      Becky@UMich RN, BS, OCN, Cancer AnswerLine Nurse

      There is a Colostomy Guide publication available on-line from the United Ostomy Associations of America that you may find helpful. It has a section on colostomy management and living with a colostomy that has some tips and tricks. Find it by visiting: http://www.ostomy.org/ostomy_info/pubs/ColostomyGuide.pdf
      Osotmy Care Guides including information sexuality, intimacy, diet, & skin care may also be of interest to you. Go to: http://www.ostomy.org/ostomy_info/#colostomy and then scroll down to see care guide topics available.
      Becky RN OCN

      over 3 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      LauraJo gave some super advice. My recommendation is to get aligned with a top notch Wound Care or Ostomy nurse. Ostomies are like fingerprints. All a little different.

      Keep the skin clean and use as little stuff as you can to keep a good seal.

      I don't have one yet, but will soon. MY wife and daughter both have them and they have been very difficult to manage so I've pretty much seen it all.

      Hoping mine goes easy. And same for you.

      over 3 years ago

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