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Life with a stoma


  • Stoma disc and pouch  
  • Unsterile compresser
  • Water
  • Stoma template
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Barrier cream
  • Waste pouch


Barrier cream is a special cream intended for the skin around the stoma.The cream increases moisture and strengthens the skin. It contains little oil in order for the stoma to attach to the skin. The cream should be spread in a thin layer and excess cream should be wiped away after a few minutes for optimal attachment of the stoma disc.

Barrier film is found as a spray or applicator and lies as a membrane on the skin as a protectant from bowel content.

Stoma powder is used when the skin is sore and moist. The powder is sprinkled on moist areas and absorbs the moisture in order for the disc to attach itself. Powder on dry skin is blown away as this will reduce the adherence of the disc.

Paste and gaskets allow for tighter bandaging where the skin around the stoma is uneven. Gasket paste contains alcohol and burns where the skin is sore. This can be avoided by sprinkling stoma powder on the skin first.

Crystal violet 0.5% is a dye with antibacterial and antifungal properties. It will also dry out moist skin. The substance is spread with a cotton ball and allowed to air dry before a new skin disc is applied.

Hydrocortisone cream 0.1% can also be applied to sore skin. The cream in an anti-inflammatory and should not be used more than 14 days in a row. The cream is massaged into the skin. Excess cream should be dried after a few minutes for optimal adherance of the stoma disc.

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