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Showering or taking a bath with an ostomy

Posted by cherylem, on Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:46 pm
I fell this may be a stupid question and I dont recall asking my ileostomey nurse if you need a special seal when taking a shower or bath. Ive been taking the seal and pouch off when showering but I miss just laying in the tub soaking. Do I need a special seal or pouch to do this..like i said it sounds like a stupid question but im in the dark on this one... Id ask a dr here but im new to this area, which I have moved to another state  and still trying to find a ostomey dr....
Reply by BrianM, on Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:52 pm
There is something called "Sure Seals" made by Active Lifestyle Products. You should be able to get them with your local supplier.
They are clear and they go around your wafer. They stay on until the next bag change. They keep your wafer completely dry so when you get out of the shower you don't have to worry about it being wet. I used to get irritation when I showered and the wafer was still wet coming out of the shower.
They are also good if you have a leak it will keep it from getting on your clothes.
Good luck!
Reply by cherylem, on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:20 pm
awww that sounds good and will ask about it. thank you brian...
Reply by three, on Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:50 am
                                 
cherylem wrote:
. . . I've been taking the seal and pouch off when showering, but I miss just laying in the tub soaking.  Do I need a special seal or pouch to do this? . . .


Hi cherylem,

I can't see any reason why it would not be okay to soak in a bath. Sounds like it would be good for the skin around the stoma, and as for water entering the stoma, ostomates who irrigate regularily introduce water through their stomas.

A while back theire was a post from a member called bikerboy — he talked about his experience of swimming without any flange or bag.

And if your stoma decides to output while you're in the bath, you can always change the water. Reminds me of a story my Mother told me when I was a kid about my two younger sisters:

Mom had momentarily left my sisters in the tub to play when she heard a scream from the bathroom. She ran down the hall and as she entered the bathroom she saw my 4 year old sister cowering at one end of the bathtub, and my 3 year old sister smiling at the other end while something the 3 year old couldn't contain any longer floated between them.
Reply by panther, on Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:59 am
It's not a stupid question, when I first had mine I was worried I thought if my stoma got wet something terrible would happen, not sure what lol, you don't need anything special
Reply by ambies, on Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:35 am
I dont think your question is silly  not all ostomys know what to do when they get them  showering or bathing is your own prefrence  allowing the skin to have water around the skin can only be good   I have done this many times but only when i know my stomas not very active  or befor i eat or drink    Dont be afraid to exsperiment  after all the stoma is a muscle part of the bowel and very tough at times   Ive had mine for some years now and never encounted  a problem with  showering or swimming but of couse i do wear a pouch when swimming    Good luck for the future   Tc ambies
Reply by firedup, on Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:19 pm
I am in agreement with everyone else. It's not a stupid question. How else are we supposed to know what we can or cannot do when we get a pouch? I wish I had found a site like this when I received mine. Could've saved me some troubles. Due to issues with my skin and allergies, I wore a pouch that I had to change anytime it got wet. Sweat would make the dang thing just fall off...Yikes! Recently I changed products as they have come out with new and improved pouches. I can now take showers and baths without problems. I use a blow dryer and off I go. Life is good. Take care, Gail
Hey three, love your story......hahahaha
Reply by three, on Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:43 pm
                                 
firedup wrote:
. . . Hey three, love your story......hahahaha


I'm sure my sisters are ecstatic that I shared it with the world.
Reply by firedup, on Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:37 am
I bet they were three....lol
Reply by cherylem, on Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:47 am
thank u all for your input...im going to experience these things . Ive been so upset with this ileostomey and felt it took away all the simple things in my life. how we take for granted some things ...... My husband and I when ever we travel would get into the pool at a hotel while I would sit and watch him swim. I felt so left out because I loved to swim and enjoy the water. Now when we go I will be prepared and surprise him when i get into the pool Smile Ive kind of stopped living when this all happened to me and have been afraid of trying to get back into my old life style such as swimming or going on long trips. I know its made my husband disappointed at times and I felt bad why he couldnt go and have fun and me sit here at home. We just got married in october and Im thankful he still wanted to be married to me with this problem. but all in all I have gotten some insight on here on how to pick up my life and go with it. So thank you all for letting me see these things....and tonight iam taking a full bath Smile   cherylem
Reply by firedup, on Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:58 pm
Cherylem, this is going to be harder than it sounds, but instead of thinking about what the ileostomy took away from you, think about what it has given you. Take care.....Gail
Past Member
Reply by Past Member, on Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:23 am
You could use the bath soaking as a dry run (pun intended) for the swimming
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