What is crusting?
You’ve probably experienced redness or itchiness of the skin around your stoma at some point. So what is “crusting?” Crusting is a simple practice that creates a more optimal barrier between the adhesive and your skin. This may help reduce or avoid discomfort and irritation.
What Is a Good Crusting Method?
- Make sure your skin is clean and dry. Try using an adhesive remover wipe or spray to remove any adhesive residue on your skin.
- Next, use a stoma adhesive powder to lightly dust the raw, red, or itchy area of the skin. Blow off any excess powder, and don’t worry if it touches your stoma. The powder will not harm it.
- Take a skin barrier wipe or prep wipe and lightly dab the powder. This should create a sticky substance, which will act as a protective barrier.
Using this crusting method should ensure that when you remove your wafer, you’re removing that protective barrier with it instead of the top layer of your skin.
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