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Showering Tip Question

Posted by Longroad78, on Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:25 am

When I had my surgery I did not prepare myself for a life having a ostomy bag 24/7. When I first took my first shower at the hospital the nurse got me a plastic bag and medical tape, at the house I was using glad wrap and tape but I found a product on Amazon called "Ostomy Bag Cover & Open Wound Shower Guard" has anyone else found other products that they use to allows them to take a hot shower at the end of the day and protect the wafer that sticks to the skin and ostomy bag?

Reply by xnine, on Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:41 am

I made a little shower curtain, apron. Works for me. Does not keep it completely dry but keeps the direct spray away. I often get 10 days on my flange.

Reply by ron in mich, on Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:02 am

Hi Longroad i just tape around the edges of the wafer with that pink waterproof tape.

Reply by Longroad78, on Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:18 am

Thanks for the quick feedback everyone, hope everyone keeps adding to the topic to help everyone with the new change in life. 

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:12 pm


i use nothing, just get into the shower and avoid the soap getting on the flange too much. It gets really wet but I use the hair dryer to dry the pouch and the flange after my shower. I started that because of wet coming thru my clothes if if did not. Maybe the heat from it helps to reseal if there is any weakness from the shower. Never had any issues! 


Reply by Donleo, on Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:59 pm

I use a garbage bag and tuck it to an extra ostomy belt. I.  Also.  Use some transpore tape which is. Inexpensive ay Walmart. 2 for 3 dollars, to ressecure any loose ends.good luck.

Reply by dadnabbit, on Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:44 pm

I shower naked and change my pouch every day.  I don't use anything other than a barrier wipe to protect the skin and a sen sura mio open end pouch.  No wafers, but if it's too humid I use some cloth medi tape around the bag edges for more security.  For me less is more but I insist on changing every day. If I am having company I put a few drops of essential oils in the pouch to avoid any odor.   Good luck.



Reply by BeachRN, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:52 am

Good morning. I use a one piece Mio appliance #10471 from Coloplast. I don't use a wafer and I shower every two days without any covering to my stoma. I also wash my stoma with head and shoulders shampoo because it has zinc oxide as an ingredient. I have never had any irritation around my stoma site. It looks very healthy. I hope this helps.

Reply by Newbie Dana, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:53 am

I start by ALWAYS using an Aqua Seal (very thin, flexible, waterproof) by Costa medical over my wafer before I attach my pouch. The peace of mind it gives me, especially during hot humid summers, is worth every penny! If I have a pouch I want to keep dry after that, I usually use a plastic grocery bag and tie the ends beneath the pouch/wafer. If I intend to change the pouch after my shower, I don't even bother with that. I never have issues with the wafer loosening with the Aqua Seal on.

Reply by BeachRN, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:56 am

I do basically the same routine as you. It works so well and you feel so clean. Thank you for your message. Beach RN

Reply by VeritasSeeker, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:00 pm

I use a one piece sensura mio from coloplast. I tape the edges with Hypafix Tape. I shower every day, sometimes twice. When I go to the beach, I just get in and swim/snorkle for hours. I don't do anything to the appliance and I regularly get 7-8 days of wear which I attribute to the taped edges. 

Reply by becrhomat, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:22 pm

I use glad press and seal

Reply by RissyLauren, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:29 pm

I highly recommend blow drying your ostomy after a shower. It can help with possible skin irritation. :) 

Reply by Jamcoop1, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:42 pm

Hi!  My husband uses a plastic shower cap (it already has fitted elastic) to cover his appliance and uses paper medical tape to further secure the shower cap from moving.  Works great!!

Reply by Longroad78, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:16 pm

Thanks everyone for the many replies, this type of information is helpful and can help new people to the site on the changes to their routen now with a ostomy

Reply by anyark, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:20 pm

I take showers and baths with the bag on.  Afterwards, I towel dry what I can and let the rest air dry.

if I going to change the appliance, I take it off and shower naked.  Any spewing just washes down the drain.   I try to let my skin breathe 15-30 minutes as I don’t like having  adhesive cover my skin 24/7.   I just sit on a towel on my bed with paper towels, a bowl of water and a garbage bag in case he spews.  


Do what feels best to you.  There’s no right or wrong!  

Reply by Papi, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:33 pm

Well when someone  helps Into the shower I don't cover my stoma I just wash clean  my stoma with clear water I never where any kinds appliance  into the shower put  new one on after it just make me fill  completely  clean. 

Reply by BeachRN, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:45 pm

Thank you, everyone. Your suggestions are invaluable. 

Reply by sparks, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:51 pm

I take a shower and use a hauir dryer to dry thr bag and tape and this works well for me.  

Reply by DixieMae, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:16 pm

I use Glad Press n’ Seal. Once I got used to using it it’s takes about 2 seconds to put on and press in place. Stay completely dry.

Reply by Papi, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:07 pm

Do you apply  that  over your  appliance?and stoma 


Reply by vollovr, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:16 pm

Hello, Can't believe all the ostomates on this site that have to use coverings when showering.I've had an ileostomy for 35 years and not one single time ever used anything to cover my wafer and pouch during a shower.When finished I simply dry it off with a towel.When a change is due I shower with nothing.The water and soap feels so good to my stomal area.BTW,I use a 2 piece Convatec Durahesive Natura system.

Reply by Papi, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:52 pm

Thank you was beginning  to think  I was the one that showed with  a naked  stoma. 

Reply by OzTomate, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:56 pm

I hate the thought of an out of control stoma in the shower so never take one without the bag attached. I have never considered any need to cover or protect the bag in the shower.

I shower every day and sometimes twice if working hard on a hot day. I have a single piece bag collecting urine only and change that bag every 3 days.

After showering I hold a square of paper towel to the underside of the bag for a few seconds to soak up the bulk of the water then completely dry the bag with a hair dryer for about 30 seconds. Been doing this for 3 years and never a problem :)


Reply by denverguy, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:57 pm

Everything seems to let water in. So I finally figured out that if my flange is installed properly it does not matter if it gets wet. I use extra glue on the top and bottom of the flange.  I change my flange every 3 days. I dry it with a towel and hair dryer. I've never had any skin irritiaions,  so this does work for me. 

Reply by Little Lulu, on Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:04 pm

My stoma nurse told me to use Press and Seal, then tape it up around the edges with waterproof tape. I use Nexcare. It has always worked beautifully for me. I know that some people just get their appliance wet, but let me just add that I have never, in three years, had a problem with my appliance coming unstuck. I swear by this. 

Reply by frince, on Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:52 am


I have use a shower cap with great success. 

2 piece convatec flange and closed pouch system with brava flange extenders. 

Clean stoma with brava skin cleanser wipes from Coloplast

Never experienced any skin problems 

Reply by HenryM, on Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:21 am

I take advantage of a detachable showerhead, with a washcloth, and don't allow the water to spray directly on the appliance.  It'll still get a little wet, of course, but I simply dry it when I get out of the shower.

Reply by BeachRN, on Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:52 am

I shower everyday and change my appliance. I need extra bags but I feel cleaner. My out put is heaviest in the early am. I just can't empty it. I need to throw it out. I've never had any irritation going it this way. I use the Mio one piece. Love it. Best Beach RN

Reply by Tickpol , on Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:23 pm

I just use Press and Seal.  It's in the same aisle as Saran Wrap in your grocery store.  I do a single wrap with 50% overlap.  pulling it tight at the top is the most critical step.



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