We can all agree that keeping your stoma clean is one of the most important parts of the daily routine for anyone living with an ostomy. However, there is a lot to know when learning how to best clean out your stoma on a regular basis without creating any more problems or complications for your ostomy. Luckily for you, I have had a stoma for a lot of years and have a lot of experience in cleaning and caring for my stoma well. Like anything else in life, learning how to properly clean and take care of a stoma can take time and there is a bit of a learning curve involved, so make sure to be patient with yourself and don’t be too hard on yourself if you make some mistakes here and there.
With all that being said, I am writing this article to help people like you who may be looking around online for some tips and tricks that can be used for cleaning out your stoma. If you have any questions about anything I talk about in this article, feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I will answer them as quickly and efficiently as possible. So without further ado, let’s start talking about how you can best clean out your stoma.
The importance of cleaning your stoma on a daily basis cannot be stressed enough. In fact, I cannot overstate the importance of cleaning your stoma and ostomy system everytime you go to change your ostomy pouch. Cleaning your stoma can prevent you from a lot of bacterial infections, skin irritations, and other things like that. After all, think about all the nasty bacteria that lives inside your feces and urine that is constantly pouring out of your stoma and into your ostomy pouch.
If you look at it from this perspective, it makes total sense that the stoma will need regular cleaning and attention. The first thing to do when you are cleaning your stoma is to remove the ostomy pouch. This may sound like an obvious one, since you physically do not have access to your stoma while you are wearing the pouch, but I thought I would include it here anyway. If you are wearing a two-piece ostomy pouch system, you will also have to remove the skin barrier when cleaning the stoma so that you have better access to the stoma and the area around it.
When it comes to cleaning out the stoma, the process is actually not too complicated. Surprisingly, the only thing that you will really want to use when cleaning out the stoma is simply some warm, clean, fresh water. I would advise against using any form of saline solution of salt water when cleaning the stoma, as this could just create some unnecessary problems or irritation for you. Once you have thoroughly cleaned the stoma as best as you can with warm water, removing all traces of output and any thing left behind, make sure to gently pat the stoma dry with a soft cloth or towel. You want to be careful not to rub the stoma too much or be rough with it – after all, this is the inside of your body we are talking about! I hope that this article helps you for the next time you go to clean your stoma.