First of all, make sure you are not wearing a stoma bag with the wrong hole size. If your stoma bag does not fit snugly around your stoma, it can cause leaks which affect adhesion and harm the skin, which in turn makes it harder to get a good seal. Re-measure your stoma using the backing paper of the adhesive as a guide. You may want to stand in front of a mirror to do this. You can also call our CliniMed Careline on 0808 1596017 for a measuring guide. Once you are happy that your stoma size is correct, a home delivery service such as SecuriCare (Medical) Ltd, one of CliniMed’s sister companies, can cut the hole in the adhesive flange of your stoma bag to fit your stoma.
Make sure your skin is completely dry before applying your stoma bag, and do not use creams on the skin as these can interfere with adhesion. You may wish to try adhesive flange extenders like HydroFrame, which ‘picture-frame’ the flange to provide extra security. Hyperseal washers level out uneven skin surfaces to help ensure a good seal.
Maintaining healthy skin around your stoma is important for ensuring a good stoma bag seal. LBF no sting skin barrier forms a protective film that shields the skin from damage and provides an ideal base for the adhesion of stoma bags. Silicone-based medical adhesive remover Appeel enables you to lift the stoma bag flange gently and easily from the skin, drying quickly so that your skin is ready for the next application.
Our CliniMed Careline team can talk through your routine and try and establish why you might be experiencing problems with adhesion, and what you can do to help. Give them a call on 0808 1596017.