Ostomy

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Paste

What is it? ‘Paste’ refers to a tube or strip of paste which is used as a filler around the stoma. Common selling points can be: Used to fill uneven skin contours near the stoma to create a flatter surface. Used to help prevent output from getting under the baseplate. Helps to provide an ideal surface for your stoma bag to adhere to. Low or alcohol-free; with none of the stinging associated with traditional pastes. Helps increase stoma system wear-time and protect skin. Strip paste fills out creases and deep folds absorbing moisture and creating an even surface for the…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Barrier

What is it? ‘Barrier’ refers to sprays, wipes and creams that add protection to the peristomal skin. The common aspects and ‘selling points’ of these products are: Creating a thin breathable barrier that protects the skin from damage. This damage commonly comes from the use of adhesives, output from the stoma and friction. They are safe and effective even with frequent use. There is no residue build-up. Protection can be on-going for up to 72hrs. Once applied, they dry within seconds. Some barriers can prevent perspiration penetrating the baseplate. When it comes to barrier cream; whilst it creates a long-lasting…

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Taking Steriods for an IBD flare up whilst living with …

Disclaimer: this is an expanded version of a previous post – IBD Basics: Corticosteriods which will now cover how to take steroids, how they work within the digestive tract and how this affected when having a stoma.    How do corticosteroids work? Corticosteroids are potent anti-inflammatory agents for moderate to severe relapses of both UC and CD. They have no role in maintenance therapy for either disease. They mimic the effects of hormones your body produces naturally in your adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys. When prescribed in doses that exceed your body’s usual levels, corticosteroids suppress inflammation. This…

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Pancaking and Ballooning – An Education

What is Pancaking and what causes it? Pancaking is when the front and back of your ostomy bag get pulled together, resulting in no output being allowed to drop down into the pouch; instead it sits around your stoma, on your baseplate and can causes issues. It is believed to be caused either by the filter on the appliance being too effective, i.e. it lets all the gas out very quickly and leaves the bag flat against the abdomen, or because the stool is too ‘sticky’. But several things can cause pancaking: Thick stool – when the output that is…

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Happy 2nd Stomaversary!

What I’ve Learnt and Achieve in the Last Twelve Months with my Ostomy   Year One with a stoma came and went with great highs and terrible lows. I started Year Two by saying this: But what did the next twelve months have in store for me? I would be admitted to hospital a few days later, in horrific pain which turned out to be my bowel twisting. That’s what I’d been experiencing all summer long; four admissions and countless pleas ignored… I would restart Vedolizumab for the third time, because my disease could not be controlled without medication. I’d have…

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