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Posted by magpie, on Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:25 pm
Looking for information about using hot tubs and the effects to the pouch?  Just joined a gym and didn't know if I'd be able to sit in one due to the high temp. of water.  The whole idea would be to relax but kind of hard if worrying about the bag falling off!!  Anyone have any experience with this?
Reply by ambies, on Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:52 am
Hi Magpie, I have never been in a hot tub in a gym, but i do tend to soak for some time in my bath,and have never encountered a problem of the bag coming off. If you have a good fitting bag and the adhesive is good and sticks well,then i dont see why you should have any problems in taking time out going in a hot tub. Even when ive soaked in hot water for a length of time my bag has still stayed on till the next morning.  Good luck and i would be interested on how you get ambies...
Reply by Wilski, on Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:10 pm
Hi, I use a Convatec two piece unit with a Nu-Hope osteomy belt. I swim and use the hot tub without any problems. I stay in the tub 20-30 minutes. When I get out, just leave the osteomy belt in place. If I have privacy, use a hair dryer to dry off the wafer but this is not necessary.

Only caution,  I suggest changing the wafer more frequently than usually if you use the tub. This will  avoid irritation around the stoma under the wafer to develop from bacteria in the water.

I can't speak to other wafers and bags except Convatec. The belt is essential to feel secure. The wafer will stay on even without the belt, but I won't chance that.

Good luck.  
A 6 year veteran.
Reply by maharajh, on Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:47 pm
Hi I've had an illeostomy and we have a hot tub ... I've been going in it
For years and have. Never had a problem .........
I also use convatec without the belt ...

Good luck !!!!!
Reply by Panor, on Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:36 pm
I have a hot tub and a sauna and have been using both for years now without any problems at all. I use two piece Hollister system and use no belt when using either one.
Reply by Primeboy, on Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:55 pm
Not a problem with Hollister's sticktoitiveness either. Enjoy without fear.  PB
Reply by Big H, on Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:19 am
I've been soaking in my outdoor hot tub for more than 20 years w/o an issue. I keep the temp around 100 and soak for about 15 minutes, unless I'm on the phone then its who knows how long.
For the past couple of years I've gotten the extra security from a product called Sure Seal Rings. (Edgepark among others supplies them but for whatever stupid reason they're not covered by insurance since my wear is longer and change less)
The seal a thin piece of clear adhesive that goes around the flange. I use a 2 piece Convatec appliance but I'm sure it will fit any brand.
If I sound like a spokesperson for the product its because the seal has provided me with the extra security, with or without taking a soak, that other adhesives can't and I wind up with generally a 5 day wear.
Enjoy taking a tub.
Past Member
Reply by Past Member, on Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:47 am
I offer my method for super-security in the water:

1. waterproof tape "picture framing" the edges of the wafer barrier fabric
2. a belt made for your system (I use ConvaTec) and take an extra belt to be able to change into dryness
3. something akin to Ostomysecrets wrap; not waterproof but keeps everything snugged close to the body.

Alternatively, being a girl I wear a one-piece suit that hugs my tummy.  Don't need a wrap that way.
Reply by magpie, on Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:54 pm
Thank you everyone for your opinions and advice.  Went to the gym and had a wonderful soak without the worry.  It's nice to know that you can come to this site whenever you have a question that needs answering or a problem solved
Reply by transmission man, on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:13 pm
Hello there  hot tubs are ok i have one here at home and im in that thing every night , i find that the heat helps it stick better on your skin . The only thing i find is not to go in right after you just changed it . I hope that helps you
Reply by MarkP, on Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:40 am
I have a spa at home and soak in it and it has not caused any problems  with the bag.
Reply by joeweld, on Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:26 pm
I super glue a web belt to the bottem of a #2 rubber-maid bowl.
Roll the empty pouch up under it and set the belt in place around you.
No limit on the time in any water hot of cold.
Wprks for me!
Reply by bagman, on Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:10 pm
When I had my
illeostomy my Dr. told me to get rid of my hot tub. After I did and starting missing it I thought that I should have got a an old skin divers dry suite and modified it to cover my ileostomy. I think that would have kept everything dry and secure.
Reply by B4_R2D2, on Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:05 am
I have used a hot tub often, with only the extra protection of a Hosister ostomy belt.  Oh, and I do change my pouch after five days of skiing and Hot tub use, instead of my normal 7 to 10 days.  Never had a problem of it coming off.   Try it, with a little caution.  

Good Luck....  Enjoy your life....  Don't worry to much about what others might think.....
Reply by BONBAZ, on Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:20 pm
may i ask what you use to keep your bag on for 7-10 days
im lucky to get 2 days from mine before it starts to leak
Reply by Primeboy, on Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:27 am
I warm up my flange with a hair dryer for about 20+ seconds before applying. I can be confident that it will hold for about 5 days. I am not interested in experimenting to find out if it will last longer. I don't need the grief.    PB
Reply by BONBAZ, on Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:48 pm
thank you primeboy   
do you use a one or two peice.
and do you use paste or any kind of glue,
sorry for all the questions,
Past Member
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