Is a Two-Piece Ostomy Pouch Shower-Proof?

Aug 11, 2023 6:06 pm

Hi everyone! I have skin irritation and am trying the two-piece pouch based on my nurse's suggestion. The wafer has a material feel to it that is unlike the one piece. Has anyone showered with the two-piece? I'm really new to this so thought I'd ask because I'm still scared to shower without a pouch.

Mysterious Mose
Aug 11, 2023 6:15 pm

I shower with the 2-piece all the time. No problems. I do use a blow dryer on low to dry things. Leaving the wafer wet is a recipe for irritation. At least, for me.

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Aug 11, 2023 6:25 pm

I shower with a two-piece. 🚿

Aug 11, 2023 7:06 pm

I have an ileostomy and it took me a while to shower without my pouch (a one piece). Many on this site said to "shower without it - it feels great!" I tried it and it was great! Makes my skin all clean and shiny and sometimes I think I hear my stoma singing in the shower ha, ha, ha. I change it every other day and shower without it. Mornings are best for me as Vesuvius (aka Seymour) is inactive first thing in the morning. Since starting this regimen, any of the skin issues I once had - disappeared. JB

Aug 11, 2023 7:57 pm

I shower all the time with a 2-piece. But have switched to showering.....naked. No wafer or bag. Allows easy cleaning of stoma with a wet paper towel. I'm real careful since stoma has no nerves. Don't want to press or rub too hard.
Back when I showered with the bag, I put on a new wafer and bag after showering.
Be careful of the soap you use. Some soaps will interfere with wafer adhesion. I use Irish Spring. Also, dry the stoma area thoroughly.

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Aug 12, 2023 12:11 am

Hi there,
I shower with my bag all the time and haven't had a problem. Whether I shower with my bag on or off, I always use Dial antibacterial soap. So my bag won't lift, and when it's off, my bag will stay on. I am sure you know, but just make sure your soap doesn't have moisturizers, lotions, perfumes, and fragrance in it so it doesn't mess with your seal.

Aug 12, 2023 12:14 am

I never shower with my pouch on. Yes, occasionally I do leak but what the heck, the water goes to the same place as the toilet water.

Aug 12, 2023 12:35 pm

Yep, I'm still using the Dial antibacterial soap they recommended after surgery so I will definitely continue to use that, thanks for that tip. I hope one day I'll have the courage to shower without the bag, just not today. LOL Thanks, friends!!

Aug 12, 2023 2:00 pm

I shower with it all off, feels great and the skin loves it, but as I leave the shower I put on a shower cap I made so it doesn't leak onto the bathroom floor if it erupts. I fit my belt to the loops and when I am dry fit a new set up

Aug 12, 2023 5:43 pm

The best thing you could do for your irritated skin is shower without a bag on and let your stoma skin area get some air.

Aug 12, 2023 7:25 pm
Reply to AlexT

I totally agree with this statement. It feels good and you don't have to be concerned with water affecting the seal around the stoma. Also, I have a protruding stoma so I wrap a 4x4 gauze pad around the stoma to avoid getting moisture or the sticky junk, "(mucus)", on the skin where the adhesive has to stick. Being totally dry is key to adhesion for me.

Aug 12, 2023 7:27 pm
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Aug 13, 2023 1:01 pm
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Aug 13, 2023 4:27 pm
Reply to IGGIE

Brilliant Iggie - great share. Thanks!

Aug 18, 2023 11:50 pm
Reply to Beachboy

I'm a bit confused. I was told by my surgeon to only use soap without any oils or moisturizers like Dial. I use Ivory at this time but have steered away from any soap that can't say it has no oils or additives that would interfere with the adhesion of my pouch.

Aug 19, 2023 4:11 am

Your surgeon is correct. And the additives you mentioned can interfere with wafer adhesion. I rinse the area around my stoma very well after using soap. I have a colostomy, with output that is usually not watery. Have not had any problems with adhesion or leaks. I use barrier film before installing the wafer. I'm going to try Dial antibacterial soap next.

Aug 19, 2023 11:39 am

More and more - I'd like to add to this comment that I NEVER soap up my stoma itself. I only apply soap to my skin around the stoma…after all, I am quite sure my small intestines never saw any soap when it was in its proper place…maybe because I never had to wash my mouth out with soap as a youth! Just sayin'. 😇. JB