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HELLO everyone out there!

I am constantly battling a leaky appliance or broken skin seal.

I was curious has anyone out there ever NOT had a leak with their appliance?

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I have had my ileostomy for 2 years now. and i have only had one major leak, and that was after trying a new make and model that I will never use again. I use Hollister and have no problems. Regards IGGIE

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My leaks have been few and far between recently thank the good lord. I tend to eat a lot of carbs so end up with thicker output. I looked back on previous topics on here and started to use baby oil inside the top part of the pouch and seems to have done the trick. Xx


I've had an ileostomy for over 30 years so had my fair share of leaks in that time but it must be over 10 years since I had my last leak now I know I've just been very lucky and will have more at some point whatever I do or don't do just part of bag life....when I had a temporary jejunostomy stoma 20 years ago leaks were a daily occurrence then.

Do you have a access to an ostomy nurse there a god send and can help solve most of the problems that cause leaks.


Many many leaks! Happy to chat if you message me to see if I can advise


Almost 3 years - 1 leak with bag that had no adhesive around it - just wax - prolly pilot error


Even if I had never had a leak (which is not the case) I would be afraid to say so,for fear of tempting fate!



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Step 2 - Find an ostomy nurse

Step 3 - Repeat Step 1 or Step 2....your choice.


Reply to LJB222

I would love your advice! I've had my ilio for two months, and getting the bag to adhere to my skin is almost impossible! The stool is squeezing itself under the appliance. I've had to replace the bag 9 times in two days. We've used powder, rings, adhesive prep pads, convex, concave...everything, it seems like. Any tips would be so helpful!


can anybody define a sodding leak,.... tiny bit sneaking just out of the stoma ring, to a full scale shit bomb ?

Unfortunately, descriptions are vague and I wonder, at what stage are people worried enough to call it a leak?

Just me again,


Reply to Briutz


I would define them as small, medium, large

SMALL - a very tiny bit of seepage just outside the wax ring

MEDIUM- seepage that escapes to tape area

LARGE - OMG get me the f - - k outta this restaurant now !!! (ask me how I know)

Reply to mandie.hendrickson712

Put some baby oil in the bag and it helps to send it down to the bottom of the bag and it comes out a lot easier when emptying it. Regards IGGIE


I have a colostomy, so others may have a more challenging time. I use a one piece drainable plus the Adapt paste under the wafer. I change it every 5-8 days depending on my activity. I empty it 1-2 times per day and wash with water and a couple of drops of deodorizer. The only time it leaks is if I try to stretch the wear time. Ex: Go skiing with a lot of twisting and still think I can make it 8 days. It may leak to the tape and then I know I need to drop what I am doing and change everything. But this only happens a couple of times a year. There are so many options out there. My recommendation is to not settle for leaks and try other options. (But of course every story is different)


I had never ever had a leak.

Then this topic was posted. Now I have had 2 in two days.

I blame this topic. -)

Reply to Dogen\'s bag

Sorry to jinx you :(LOL


A great tip my ostomy nurse gave me is after applying a new barrier and bag, place both hands over the appliance and press gently. Let your hands warm the appliance for a few minutes. The warmth from your hands seals it well. I don't have leaks and never have had a blow out in the 5 years I have had my colostomy. I also only clean the peristomal area with a damp gauze pad.

Reply to Ellebee

I do a similar thing by pressing down for a bit. I usually lay on the bed to do this if I can.

My problem is I do not have a nice picture perfect area around the stoma. I have 2 depressions which I think is where my leaks originate from.

Reply to Ellebee

I also do this, hold it down with my hand for quite a while, with a fair bit of pressure. What helps even more is to warm the flange with your hair dryer for 30 seconds before applying it, after taking the backing off it.



Do you stand or sit when doing a change? ;I get a better fit when sitting because the abdominal skin tightens up, but when standing, it tends to be loose. If you have 6 pack abs, forget you read this lol, but if you have a bit of a pooch, sitting may smooth out those depressions. Oh, it might make a difference where your stoma is too. Mine is just below the waistband. It could also be a weird-ass technique that works only for me and my shape. :)


I have never tried sitting when replacing the appliance. always stood up. and over the case she spit..shit, burped, bled or farted. 

i heard of a trick.  warm the appliance up- the wafer and ring-  with a hair dryer a bit.

not to melt it..  just  get it warmed up.. i use this hair dryer as I am cleaning the stoma area too. I use a Ivory brand soap to wash area.  pat dry  all while the hair dryer is blowing warm air to help speed- dry that area safely  from afar... never, ever rub that area..   keep the  hair dryer about a good arms length away though. just enough to feel the warm air hit the area. I was also surprised to see how the stoma reacted to warmth hitting it  and believe it or not, it reacts.   to ice or heat..  in my case, an  enlarged stoma always prevented me from applying the wafer over it.  the heat kinda shrunk it down.  there were also times i though it was gunna recess into my tummy too. so keep an eye that happening.   a small sized stoma is a happy one to cover. you get a better perimeter seal,  can u dig that? 

no powder, no adhesives.  and changes every 5 days max. -- a schedule to follow that fits your lifestyle.   works for me..   yet you can still see  seepage under the ring over time. the first sign it's leaking is that disgusting, revolting smell.  I have avoided blow outs doing the above. might help you.   Also, always  empty that bag before bed time. good luck.


Reply to mandie.hendrickson712

this reply is for Mandie..   i think you are using too many things.  powder never worked for me. that protective powder?  nope. the idea is a clean dry area to attach the seal.   now it  could be your appliance type.  could be you sweat alot?  could be your area where the thing is located- a bad location for it. 

seek Bobs advice above.  and see what I wrote below abt the hair dryer..  good luck. 


I have only had one leak as a result of using an appliance that had no tape around the outer ring - that was early on in my journey.  I have never applied my appliance in any position other than a slight reclining position in my bed - similar to the position in a hospital bed.  This allows for my stomach to be void of wrinkles and provides a smooth surface for applying powder, barrier wipe, and the bag with barrier ring over my stoma.  Gravity wins in the end…just sayin’….jb

Reply to IGGIE

Hollister, Coloplast and convatech have samples  and expert people to help find the best products. I have so many samples I tried until found the perfect fit

I discovered that concave flanges rarely leak and are soooo much better than flat.  Order some from each and good luck



I remember reading on this site many years ago is the have the largest  border possible around your stoma...and tape around it..they used to call it window paining.My stoma only sticks out about 1/2 I also use the barrier rings around the stoma. Then add my bag and tape the sides down with barrier strips on edges..the only time I have had leaks lately is if I do not use the barrier ring and the barrier strips. On they way home from work yesterday my stomach had that terrible feeling/cramping I knew I was going to have terrible diarrhea and still had a 30 minutes to bag was almost filled to the top when I arrived home but it did not leak.

Reply to mandie.hendrickson712

I’m am so sorry I missed this I don’t really know how to navigate this site and know when I have notifications. Message me and I can try and help? 

Reply to mandie.hendrickson712

I’m am so sorry I missed this I don’t really know how to navigate this site and know when I have notifications. Message me and I can try and help? 

Reply to Ellebee

Using a hair dryer after applying bag works better than using your hands but whatever works for you. 

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