I have a leak also and have found a solution. I clean gently and apply a barrier, Burts Bees diaper ointment is my favorite. Then I unroll an organic cotton ball, tear off about 1 inch and streach it out so it is roughly square, put that over my rectum. When things are bad I will add 2 squares of TP over that. Pads are a last ditch solution as the plastic keeps the skin from breathing and causes more problems. There are cotton covered pads in the health food stores that do not use plastic but some other substance for moisture protection. Hope this helps. Visiting nurses may have an expert that has some ideas too.View Thread
There is an organization that lists ostomy support groups by state. UOAA United Ostomy Associations of America.
If you are having trouble that needs fixing today ( appliance won't stay in place, bad burns, etc) Visiting Nurses can send out someone who is well versed and she will often have the solution to your problem with her. They have helped me a couple of times when my problem trapped me in the house.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.