I recently signed up for this site and have had an Ileostomy since December 2010.
I have read so many postings about others asking questions on how others keep their appliances on while bathing, swimming and showering. I hope the info below can be of help.
I've had a huge issue with my wafers not holding due to my body chemistry that causes sweating which in turn causes the wafers to lift. Not to mention, I live in the South where humidity is high during the summer months which didn't help with the sweating and wafer lifting issues. I have suffered from skin irritations that have caused severe issues until...I went on a product sampling binge for quite some time. I recently came across a "gold" glue that holds my wafer on through showers, bathing and swimming. It holds so well that I no longer worry about it falling off.
The product is called Skin Tac made by Torbot. This may or may not be available through all suppliers but I can say that Edgepark has it for less than $18.00 for a 4 ounce bottle. This may seem like a lot but the amount of product you use, the bottle will last a very long time. I've had my bottle for 3 months now and looks as though the bottle is almost new. It's latex free, hypo allergenic and is used in place of other barrier products (wipes or sprays) and as an adhesive, all-in-one. It removes with alcohol or the barrier removal wipes.
What I do when taking a bath... I wait for when I need to change the pouch itself. Usually every 3 or 4 days, once I can smell a slight odor coming through the pouch (I don't change the wafer for 7 to 10 days so you can see that it holds nicely). I take a bath with the "old" pouch on and when done, I dry off the wafer and pouch. I remove the "old" pouch and replace with a fresh one. I only towel dry the wafer but if you feel you need to be more secure, you can blow dry the wafer as well.
When showering... I remove the pouch altogether and allow the shower water to "rince" or "clean out" the flange area. I shower, and then take the "paste" and reseal the stoma area (using a small syringe for a finer bead), just in case I need an extra seal. Otherwise, I am good to go and again, dry the wafer with a dry towel and replace the bag either with the old pouch or put on a new one depending on if the pouch needs changing or not.
For swimming...I use a ConvaTec flange cap...even with a Hollister wafer. Yes, it fits and fits snugly and is less discreet under the bathing suit than a pouch. I swap the pouch out with the cap, swim for a little while and then check on the cap and go swimming again or just replace the cap with the pouch when finished swimming. If you use an adhesive stoma cap, just use the Skin Tac to help with the adhesion of the wafer around the cap. Try to let the glue dry for a good 10 to 15 minutes before submerging in water.
Again, I hope this information helps those out there that may have the same question or concerns, I once had.