Q: How can I keep my pouch dry while showering with an ostomy?
I’m a new ostomate and I’m worried about getting my wafer wet. Will water effect the seal of my ostomy? Do you have any tips for me?
Thanks for your help and consideration,
A: Hi Karen,
It’s not necessary to keep your pouch dry while showering if you have a waterproof barrier. Pouching systems are designed to be showered in, but if it makes you more comfortable, you can put Tegaderm around your flange, or other types of waterproofing products.
If having a wet system bothers you, you can always change your bag after showering (just not every day).
Also, some people shower without a pouching system on. This can be absolutely liberating, just make sure to keep shampoo and conditioner away from your stoma. I prefer not to wash around the stoma with soap either, just use water. After you get out of the shower, you can dry your skin thoroughly and apply your pouching system like normal.
I hope this answered your question!
Be happy and healthy!
For more information, see related ostomy articles and resources here:
- Swimming with an Ostomy Video
- Swimming with an Ostomy Article
- Ostomy Misconceptions | New Ostomates
- How to Dress with an Ostomy Video
- How to Exercise with an Ostomy Video
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