Although the name suggests it to be a paste, it is not a paste at all. It is more like a caulk rather than a glue or adhesive. The main purpose of this caulk like paste is to fill in uneven skin contours in order to develop a flatter surface for the better attachment of ostomy pouching system. The flatter skin remains completely flush against the barrier/flange; and this caulk/paste is the material that ensures this required flatness. Remember, the fissures or contours in the skin can lead to the dislodging of barrier/flange, resulting in the leakage of ostomy pouching system.
With the help of this paste, you can ensure longer wear time of the pouch and greater protection of your skin against irritation which is usually caused by stomal output and moisture.
Tips for using ostomy paste
- First of all, you are going to have to clean the stoma to allow the paste to remain there for a longer period of time.
- Avoid using soaps because they can leave residue which can affect proper adhesion.
- You are going to have to dry the skin completely because ostomy products do not work with the wet skin.
- You can place the ostomy paste on the barrier or directly on the skin.
- You can use ostomy paste as an alternative to the barrier ring or seal.
Method of ostomy paste application
The paste is usually applied to fill the gap between wafer and skin. If you are doing the same, you are going to have to squeeze the tube to get the paste out. As the paste comes out, follow the small circle in the center of the wafer to make a ring of this paste. Using finger to smooth the paste out is completely safe for skin, so you can do it if you need. The paste needs to be applied to the side of wafer that has to go against your abdomen. After the application of this paste on the wafer, you will want to let it set up for a minute before applying this wafer to the stoma. Now you will need to hold the wafer against your abdomen in order to let the paste make a good seal. But one thing that is worth mentioning here is that this paste is not glue. It is just a filling that prevents leakage and, so, contributes in the longevity of your wafer as well as the pouching system.