Urostomy- How to Treat Urinary Crystals

Urostomy- How to Treat Urinary Crystals

By Ayush Henry


Urostomy is a surgical opening in abdominal region to redirect urine from the bladder. The small opening made for the purpose is called a stoma. Urostomy is usually performed after accident, disease or a birth issue leading to bladder damage. A urostomy pouch is then temporarily attached to the stoma that has to be worn outside and changed when filled up.


Whenever urine turns alkaline the possibility is that you can easily observe the deposition of urinary crystals on and around the skin of stoma. These crystals would feel granular and look like white particles. Urinary crystals lead to stoma irritation that may result in unwanted bleeding. To reduce urinary crystals to minimum it is best to maintain acidic urine.


There are certain ways to reduce the urine’s alkaline nature and increase the acidic quality. Some of those are:

  • Drink plenty of water (8 to 10 glasses a day).
  • Drink more water if the temperature is hot or in fever.
  • Consume more meat, cereals, beans, fish, coffee, plums and prunes to in maintain the ph level toward acidity.
  • Drink cranberry juice instead of orange juice. This will make the urine acidic.


  1. Prepare a solution of 1 part white vinegar & 1 part with water.
  2. Remove the urostomy pouch carefully.
  3. To remove skin prep or ostomy adhesive, use warm water and rinse the stoma.Urostomy- How to Treat Urinary Crystals
  4. Take vinegar and water solution and apply to the stoma for a couple of minutes.
  5. The urinary crystal will dissolve in the solution and the area will get cleaned up.
  6. At last rinse the area with warm water and carry on with pouching routine.

Using the right solution can assist in cleaning the crystals from urostomy pouch. Product like Hollister M9 Odor Cleaner/Decrystallizer is specially formulated for use with urinary drainage system. It is pH balanced and non-acidic which effectively and safely eliminates odors. Do not use it for cleaning the stoma or skin around.