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Tips for Swimming With an Ostomy – More Security | Ask Laura

Laura Cox
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
05/18/17  11:52 AM PST
Swimming Ostomy

Hello Laura, I am writing for my 89-(ALMOST 90!)-year-old mom. She is a colon cancer survivor, and has been using the”Coloplast Mio 1-piece closed pouch” (#ct10884). She loves to swim, and I was hoping you could help her find a way to do so. She has found that the pouch fills with water when she does get into the pool. Because of her age, and the fact that this change has been very late in life for her, I hope that there can be a solution that is easy for her to handle. She is very private and wants to be independent. I hope you can help!

Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you.
Cathy

Hi Cathy!

We recently had someone reach out to our Facebook community with a similar question, and several of our OstomyLife community members responded with their own advice. Hopefully you and your mother will find their answers helpful!

From Kirsten: “I use the Coloplast Barrier Strips when I swim in the ocean and pool. Never had an issue of water getting in or skin breakdowns when I use the barrier strips. I change my bag every four days. When I swim I just make sure that I have the barrier strips on for at least an hour before I get it wet to make sure the adhesive sticks well!”

From Amy: “I swear by Opsite. It’s a very thin and sticky water proof tape that I use around the edges of my flange every time I change it. It keeps the flange from getting wet, breaking down or peeling up. It’s even saved me from leaks getting all the way out on several occasions.”

From Sophie: “Please see Drypro they are the only providers of a swim belt that keeps your Ostomy completely dry when swimming or showering. X”

You can find these comments and more at the original Facebook post.

Please let me know if there’s anything else we can help you with. We wish you and your mother the best of luck and good times in the pool!

Laura

 

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My 89-year-old mother loves to swim but she has found that the pouch fills with water when she gets into the pool. What can we do to fix this?
Cathy
We recently had someone reach out to our Facebook community with a similar question, and several of our OstomyLife community members responded with their own advice.
 
Hopefully you and your mother will find their answers helpful ...


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