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Hey guys 

      I've had my colostomy bag since may 16th . I'm a bricklayer and sweat profusely this time of year , ive had to replace my bag everyday and almost cant get through a workday with the humidity and sweating . I have an ostomy belt and it helps but are their any tapes or things i can do to help the problem . My insurance only covers 20 bags a month so i have to figure something out fast because as we know they are expensive.  Thanks for the tips 

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Morning elijahblusmith....there is adhesive tapes, 3m medical water proof tape, duct tape etc available....get urself some and place around the edges of your wafer and skin to see how that works....3m works great get a waterproof 1.....

you could also get at dollar stores snap together baby bib remove the backing and snap it around the pouch after its on it will help absorb the heat and sweat between pouch and the tape and that....

Have a great weekend hope it helps



Do you use a barrier ring? I’m out in the heat/humidity too and haven’t had any issue yet. Maybe try a different brand as a different brand may stick better. 


Hi elijah,

  Yes, 3M makes a tape specifically for people like you.  It's called Micropore and comes in white and skin color (Caucasian skin). The feature that makes it work is that it gets stickier when wet.  It's pressure sensitive, so when you put it on you press and hold for a few seconds and your done.  I wear it in the pool for hours, and sweat a lot too.  It's never come off.  I use whatever adhesive remover wipes I have on hand to remove, but it's not hard to take off.  Check out the whole 3M line of medical tapes, as they have a range of stickiness........I think Micropore is in the middle.  Really fantastic stuff.  If that doesn't work..........let us know and we'll see what else is available.  But 3M is a good place to start.  

Here's the 3M link.......Micropore is a medical paper tape, but this is the page before if you want to look around;

Here's the Amazon link for Micropore;



Reply to w30bob

Bob ur bloody amazing ty for the links seeing if it's available in Canada amazon....

Want to try as I am testing Hollister bags but have found on day 2 it blows out the right hand side....really like the bag itself but compared to 7 day Coloplast I wanna give it a fair try....

Have a great weekend and ty for the proper name and link


ps what width do you use?

Reply to AlexT

Yes i do use a barrier ring . Thanks for the tips man

Reply to AlexT

Yes i do use a barrier ring . Thanks for the tips man


Try Brava Elastic Barrier strips by Coloplast part Coloplast they will send you samples. They have  major bag holding power, keeps out water when you are swimming or taking a shower. They mold and move with your body. If they work out ask your Doctor to add them to your ostomy supplies so your insurance can cover the cost. Ostomy supplies have outrageous prices!!!


Hi  elijahblusmith, do you just change your bag every time instead of rinsing them out and reusing them a few times? I think most of us have to do that.

Reply to w30bob

Thank you so much .


It's really nice to have you guys to ask questions to , im really grateful for this website . 


I now use 3M tagederm tape on all 4 sides. This has really stabilized the whole thing. This tape gets harder to remove the longer it is left. I get a full week and dont put anything extra on my skin when changing. Good luck.


This is for guy from Illinois with recent colostomy needing daily changes.

I've had my illeostomy for 40 years.

First, do your appliances use Caraya to sealant? Caraya melts at skin temperature.  Get appliance with anything else as the sealant gasket.  THEN get Stoma Adhesive paste a(comes in a tube like toothpast) and add a ring of paste on top of whatever material the appliance sealant ring has, even if it is caraya.

That should make your appliance seal way better.  Mine last a week even in summer heat , sweat, strenuous activity.

Reply to AlexT

Caraya melts at skin temperature, start there if your issue is the sealant ring is failing causing you such frequent changes.

Good luck.


Learn to irrigate b4 work and you won't have to wear a bag or deal with the issues. It's life changing, I promise.


Hi elijahblusmith, 

I do not know if this will help, but Sure Seal is what I use.  I put it on over the flange when I change my appliance and it stays secure even with the hot summers here in Arizona.  


Have you tried irrigation?  It takes less than an hour and for most of us is done every other day, for some every third day.


You can get MD to increase number of wafers/bags on your prescription so you can order more. I use duct tape to hold my wafers down


I use the Hollister one piece ostomy bag and Adapt adhesive paste. I've even showered with it on two days in a row. It stays put.

Reply to sherry56

Duct tape? 😮 That can’t be good for long term skin care. 


Hi   Elijah,    My name is Marsha , and I have m y  ileostomy for over 66 years, since I was a kid of 15...    You do know th at there is a difference between an ileostomy / an d a colostomy...   with an ileostomy, most or all of the large intestine ( colon) is removed.....that's where t he body " stores" feces, until it's ready to be pushed o ut...   By not having a colon, an ileostomy runs all the time/ according to   eating and digestive schedule...    With a may still have some colon ( storage area left) and many people are able to irrigate once a day, or every other day, and therefore control the release of stool....    The rest of t he time, they can wear of " smaller pouch", which is just mean t to cover the stoma,  or carch  small amounts of output..    You don't say what you do to manage your " colostomy"..   Some people have what use to be called a " wet colostomy",   where   v ery little of the colon is left in, so in essence it works like an ileosstom..  Output can't be regulated..     You say you have to " change your bag daily"   ?    My bag/ pouch,    fills  up, 3-4 times a day,   and so I use  a pouch with a spout/  and empty every 3 -4  hours.... and just wipe off the spout and clip  it up, until the next time...   It's not clear whether you have to change so often because of the pouch, or if you get a leak under the wafer...    While I don't work outdooor.....I do like to go to the b e ach/ or pool, swim......and take showers once or twice a day..    My wafer generally holds  up  for about a week......   I  use the convatec system, with molded wafters, and also started to use the " eaken" seal   ( an  additional smaller wafer, to fill in the depressions on my belly, under the stoma....    Tape, is also another important variable..    The best I've found is " Scanpoor"  ( 2" ) wide, which I put around all  4  sides of t he wafer....   taping it down to my skin...   That tape was like a second skin....    When insurance no longer covered it, I switched to 3m....  The y  have 3 different tapes.....    try all of them,  to see which works best for you  (   I like the brown t ape,   since it's more paper like, and sticks on the skin through hot showers or cold ocean water...   But I also travel everywhere with a roll of tape.....just in case of a leak...    N ot sure if you problem is with t he wafer stickinng ( if so, you can s till rinse out and use the same bag)   That's what I had to d o in the olden days....when the pouches were made of rubber, and were meant to be r eused...   The wafers were plastic,   and we used a flameable glue/ attatch the wafer to the belly....   Things are easier now,   b ut medicare should pay for what you need.....even if y ou have to c hange e very day....    My  distributer  always  asks what I have " left",   b ut I always claim I use more than I do.....just for th e times I may need to change more often....    Ask more  questions....and if you havent' tried other supplies,   call other companies, and ask for samples...   There are also some helpful videos on line, that show how other people change/ manage th eir ostomy supplies....   y ou might find it helpful...    Even if y ou need to change t he wafer every day....the pouch can be rer  used..   Unless you are using a sealed pouch, without  a  spout...     Get back to us, if you have more questions....   Best regards,  Marsha


Whoops.......It's marsha math was wrong...    have t he ostomy since I was 15....but that was " on ly" 59 years....not 66...( duh)    I'm 7 4 either way, it's a lifetime....


Hey buddy, sounds like you've been suffering with it!  I've had an ileostomy since 2019 ... no matter what type we have it seems we all have the same anxiety when it comes to leakage etc! I hate it as I can't 100% trust it!  It took me a long time to find the right bad/appliance that suits me ... in the end I found the Salts BE bags we best ... and believe it or not we had a massive heat wave here in England this Summer, and they held on ok .... what you need to do is get a ring seal so you put that on first before the bag and that creates an extra barrier around the stoma (so the stuff from the stoma doesn't leak under your stoma bag's sticky bit) ... and also if you want you can get what we call 'banana skins' that stick outside of the bag and you can make them surround the seal of your bag (on the outside) so that gives extra protection .... check out on this link ...

Not sure if you can get this in US, but hope this helps :) 

Greg :) 

Reply to AlexT

Duct Tape??? Not on the skin?!?!?!!?  We must be VERY careful of what we apply to the skin surrounding a stoma and also make sure to use removal spray when taking off appliances!!  I've just ripped off things and it's caused massive skin problems!! 

Reply to lovely

Yes i try to use my bag for atleast 2 days at a time


I'm in construction and remodeling and I'm often in hot and humid environments, inside and out. I use ConvaTec 022771 because they have a tape collar. I also use Smith and Nephew no sting skin prep wipes. I rinse and wash my bag out fairly often throughout the day depending upon output but using these bags I'm able to keep a bag on as long as I want which is usually 3 to 4 days.


Try Hypafix dressing retention tape, or Hy-Tape   Both available on Amazon, or probably drug stores.    They both work well.   Just tape around your wafer.   



If you place these around your bag than place your belt on top it holds longer


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