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Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:39 am

Does anyone know of something that actually works for swimming? When I bath or swim my skin barrier loosens. Does anyone know of a way to keep it dry during wet activities?

Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:57 pm

Some folks haven't had luck with the Cymed one piece but I trust it 100%. I've only had my ileostomy a little over a year but when I swim or get in the ocean I go to the Cymed (daily wear is the coloplast Mio). I've put on a cymed bag and sat in the ocean for the entire day (I also live in Florida and sweat quite a bit when active) with no problems. I get 2-3 days out of a plain cymed w integrated hydro colloid washer. If I put another barrier ring on w it I'll get 5-7 days. There's a bit of technique to applying the Cymed microskin but not hard to master. 

Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:21 pm

Simply try another brand.  I use the Coloplast SenSura one piece and it is totally fine for extended swimming, jacuzzi, showering.  It never even remotely loosens in the water, yet it is quite easy to pull off to change.  I think manufacturers sometimes tweak their adhesive formulas, so it's possible a given product might work differently at different times.  They will all send free samples, so you should definitely be able to find one that stays secure.

In addition, there are great swim wraps available from ostomysecrets.com that are discreet and make doubly sure that your pouch stays totally in place.

Your pouch does not need to be dry.  It can get wet and stay nicely in place if you have the right one that works for you.

Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:43 pm

Hi! I am experimenting with SureSeal rings. They are transparent very thin film which goes over the wafer of a 2-peice appliance. It covers the wafer and extends beyond the edge of the wafer to stick to the skin and provide a completely waterproof seal. You then attach the pouch over the SureSeal. I haven't tried it at the water park yet, but that's next on my list! So far, it works great in the shower. It is also advertised as good for in the hot tub, so it apparently handles higher temperatures as well. (Don't have a hot tub, so have no first-hand experience there.)

Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:05 pm

I swim regularly several times a week. Hollister 2-piece with ring and SureSeal. Also wear a wrap under the swim shorts just to keep the equipment in place. No problem with leakage, or water getting in the pouch. I have not noticed any efect of swimming on frequency of changing apparatus, pretty regularly every 5-7 days year round except for the rare nocturnal Code Brown accident. So far, knock wood, no such accident in the pool; would sure be mortified if it were to happen !

Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:49 pm

I have had my ostomy 30 years until recently i went to the pool 4 times a week, i just wore a close fitting swimsuit it kept everything in place only the micropore tape useed to lift but everything else stayed in place   

Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:09 am

Do try the COLOPLAST BRAVA strips.  They are AWESOME!!   They are half-moon one inch wide approx. which you stick down around the outer edge of a flange, one on either side, and they meet at the top and bottom to cover the WHOLE outer flange edges.  They are SO sticky and do not lift AT ALL. However, they do just "peel away" without ripping your skin off when you do come to remove your appliance.  They are almost bomb-proof - and will definitely give you well enough time to get to change your appliance before a leak spreads out onto your clothing!!

Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:46 am

I got some samples of the Brava strips. Maybe I got a bad batch or something. They were the worst product I had ever tried! They immediately swelled up and edges rolled back as soon as they got wet, and they started lifting on their own even when not wet after only a couple hours or so. I never even finished using all the samples, but gave up after 3 times.

Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:40 am

Wow Dana - that is MOST weird.  I've been using the Coloplast BRAVA Strips for about 3 years now and have NEVER once experienced the issues you mention.  I've even used them while swimming AND snorkelling FOR AGES in the Red Sea!!  You must have had a faulty batch, in my opinion.  It might be worth contacting Coloplast and telling them your experience?  They may have sent you some very old sample stock??  All the best, Teddiee.

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