Taking care of your stoma and the surrounding skin is important. Keeping the skin healthy can go a long way to making you feel confident and comfortable with an ostomy.
To help you maintain the skin around your stoma, we have put together some useful tips to keeping your skin healthy.
It is a problem for me since I am a large man. Wearing denim jeans or shorts is tighter by its nature as a fabric, and the problem comes when the ilestomy pouch starts filling up. I have to evacuate the pouch about 10 times a day it seems, which is still a considerable drag after more than twenty years of this burden. And then other times it fills with gas which creates a similar problem when you have jeans. Wearing elastic stretch pants helps, or possibly getting jeans or dress pants possibly a half size or size larger than usual. I've had several accidents in public but managed to make it out of these situations without getting arrested, LOL. Life is hard.
If normal jeans cause a problem, I have found success with maternity jeans as the band stretches (gives) and allows everything to flow. You just have to wear longer tops to cover the stretchy part or wear it as if it is a T-shirt tucked in. Very comfortable.