After going through an ileostomy last year I was ‘taught’ how to apply my flange when using a 2-part flange/pouch system. After cutting the hole in the flange to the needed size I was ‘taught’ to put a bead of Adapt paste around the edge of the hole in the flange before adhering the flange to my abdomen.
Recently, during the very hot spell, I developed a minor problem with the skin adjacent to the stoma. When seeking advice on this problem it was recommended that I not use the Adapt paste and just apply the flange (Coloplast) directly to my skin.
This apparent conflicting information has me confused. So what is the purpose of the paste? Is it needed or not? If it’s best not to use it in some instances then why use it at all?
ResponseOstomy paste is used to fill in uneven skin contours to help create a flatter surface. If your skin does not have contours, then the paste is not required. If you do have contours, there are various options you can try. Following is a good resource to help you assess your ostomy issue: https://psag-consumer.wocn.org/#home
- Go to your manufacturer’s website in your case “Coloplast”. The site will present flange/seal options that you could use in place of paste. Also, it will be useful for you to call the customer service of the various Ostomy equipment manufacturers, and ask for ostomy flange seal systems that do not require using paste.
- Different companies make different styles of seals, if one manufacturer’s flange/seal does not work for you, then call other Ostomy manufacturers.
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