If the climate is warm or humid enough to make you perspire more than usual, your stoma barrier might lose adhesion and you may need to change your pouch more frequently.
Make sure your skin is completely dry before you apply a new barrier for good adhesion. It can be a bit tricky if the weather is very hot and humid – if drying your skin is difficult, you can use a hairdryer on low heat to dry the area (but be careful that it does not get too hot and keep it away from the stoma itself).
Apply sunscreen after you put on your barrier, as the lotion could affect the baseplate and make it harder to stick. Read about applying sunscreen in the 'use sunscreen' section.
We recommend that your supplies are stored in a cool place, it's best not to leave your ostomy products in the car for long periods during hot weather, since the heat may damage the adhesion.
Talk to your stoma nurse – and get the products you need
When spending time in a warmer climate you might need a few more products than usual. For some people a skin barrier that helps the adhesive stick better can be very helpful, and if it is the edges not sticking properly an elastic tape can be a possible solution. Some benefit from using an antiperspirant on the skin in the area to be covered by the adhesive.
It is always a good idea to talk to your stoma nurse before going if you have any questions. You are also welcome to contact one of our call specialists on 1800 653 317.