• Can you provide tips to keep ileostomy bag dry while trying to shower?

    Asked by Hellbent on Wednesday, January 7, 2015

    Can you provide tips to keep ileostomy bag dry while trying to shower?

    No matter how my husband covers his stomach with plastic wrap to keep his two piece Hollister appliance dry & uses a hand held shower handle, the wafer (flange adhered to his body) gets wet and starts to come undone. Has anyone come across a better way? Frustrated.

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    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      There really is no way to keep it dry. It's ok for the outer edges to come up a little. The main thing is to keep the seal intact around the stoma. When I had mine, I towel dried the pouch and then Tom a few minutes lying down. I also wrapped the pouch in a towel before getting dressed which helped dry.

      if he's worried, you can use an ostomy belt to give you a little more insurance.

      over 6 years ago
    • azsuper's Avatar

      Hi Hellbent

      It is normal to have issues at first like that but with time and playing with it you will get it figure out.I had the same issues. When I first got my ileostomy I tried different ways to keep the plate and bag dry. What I came up with that work for is a two part system noted below.
      1st - I took a piece of glad press'n seal plastic (it is real stick, says it 10x tighter on the box) I went approx., 1-2 inch past the plate & bag on both side and top and bottom and rub it really good to he skin.
      2nd - I took a heavy piece of plastic ( I cut up a od shower curtain) approx. 2" bigger than the first piece . 2" past each side and bottom. Then I took medical cloth white tape and tape the heavy piece of plastic to my skin and rub it real good. I tape the top first the two sides next.
      This really work good for me. Give it a try and play with it so it works for you.
      Take care and smile.

      over 6 years ago
    • Stella's Avatar

      It might be worth trying a different brand. All the companies with send you samples to try out. I use Coloplast and I take a 10 minute shower daily. After the shower, I just towel dry carefully around the appliance and underneath the bag. I found I do best with changing the appliance 3 times per week rather than 2.

      A friend of mine recommends using cornstarch powder around the appliance after towel drying. She also takes a lot of baths and swims a lot in the ocean.

      Good luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • aarongutier's Avatar

      I used to tape some plastic foil around it.
      And usually change my bag after shower.
      Not the weiffer tho.
      Is hard not to get it wet.
      Blessing to you guys.

      over 6 years ago
    • Hellbent's Avatar

      Thanks everyone for your ideas. We are only two weeks into my husband having the ileostomy and going through a rapid learning curve. Here's another question. What do you use to take the flange (2 piece system) off the skin? I know there are adhesive strips that can be used to remove it, but we're finding that it not only pulls hard on the skin, but it's irritating my husband's skin already. The VNA nurse says this may be an ongoing problem for him & may create a wound.

      over 6 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      Sadly, the big rip is about it. There is some skin prep that will protect the skin while keeping a good seal. It's a product from 3M called Cavalon. Very easy to use. Just clean and dry the area around the stoma and then apply it. Let it dry, and then slap that bag right on. Some people also use a light coating of powder on top of the skin prep.

      over 6 years ago
    • ritafaystageIV's Avatar

      My appliance is two piece. I just take the bag off. That way I can clean my stoma, and have a clean bag after a shower. I use the blow dryer on the appliance that stays on, snap on a clean bag........so simple.

      over 6 years ago
    • bandbiz's Avatar

      I also use the Hollister 2 pc, and wrapped in plastic at first. No more, I just get right in. If I have problems with the edges lifting, I use 3M's transpore tape along the edge- works well and very waterproof. I also use the Cavalon skin barrier, it's excellent but hard for me to get. I have to settle for a product by Relia-Med, not nearly as good

      over 6 years ago
    • AmyK's Avatar

      I would also take mine off and keep my stuff right next to the shower to reapply after I turned off the water and stand in there just in case. I also recommend Sure Seal, it makes everything easier.

      over 6 years ago

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