For those of us who have to live the rest of our lives with the addition of a stoma, there is truly nothing worse than having to deal with a leaky ostomy pouch. If you are not familiar with what an ostomy is, then count your blessings; I have way more knowledge about the world of ostomy than I ever wish to have, but here I am writing another pointless article about ostomies and stomas that literally no one will ever read.
Regardless, I find it necessary to come on here today and talk about the topic of ostomy once again. That is why I am going to spend some time talking about what ostomy pouch leaks are, how to avoid them, and some basic tips and tricks that you can hopefully use to avoid having a leaky ostomy pouch in your future.
After all, nobody wants to be around someone who is constantly smelling like hell’s bowls – ostomy pouches are probably some of the most disgusting and repulsive smelling things in the existence of the human race and the earth itself. With all of that out of the way, let’s talk about how to avoid having a leaky ostomy pouch.
All people with ostomies have to deal with leaks at some point in their lives. It is unfortunately just a sad fact about living life with a stoma; however, there are multiple factors that can lead to a leaky ostomy pouch system, so it is important to determine the cause of the leak in order to properly address and fix the issue and prevent leaks in the future. Once you have found the main source of the problem, then you can begin to look for ways in which to fix it.
You can even hop on the internet and see if other ostomates have had similar issues in their own ostomy pouch systems and can offer some insight or advice. The first thing that you will want to make sure of is that you are using the correct wafer for your ostomy pouch system. There are different types of wafers made for different purposes, and since everyone has a different body and different experience, there may be a need to change the wafer you are using. For example, if you find a flat wafer to be leaking content, then it might be better for you to switch to a convex wafer. This is just one example of a simple solution that can totally explain and solve your ostomy pouch leakage problem.
Another way that you might prevent leaks in your ostomy pouch system is to empty the contents of your ostomy pouch before it gets too full. Sometimes when the pressure build up is too great inside the ostomy pouch, it can create problems for the skin barrier around your stoma and can cause leakage of gas or of output. So if you have not already invested in some type of ostomy pouch that allows for the release of gas, that might be a good investment for you. If you are experiencing a lot of gas in your ostomy pouch, simply release some of it into the outside air or in the bathroom, and you may find there to be less leakage once some of the pressure has been eliminated.