Showering with ileostomy???

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   Posted 7/17/2010 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
For some reason my wafer wants to come off every time I shower. I find myself using the ostomy tape stuff all the time. My nurse says that taking a shower and getting my 2 piece system wet is ok but I don't understand why mine never wants to stick. Any suggestions???
Diagnosed in 2004 with Crohn's disease. Resection in 2009. Have tried almost every medication and nothing has worked. Next step permanent ostomie.

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   Posted 7/17/2010 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
The wafer itself shouldn't be wanting to come off. There should be a good seal with that. If it was the adhesive around the wafer that might be a different story, but many people here have successful stories with that. I used to have a 2 piece system and showered with mine all the time. I never used to let it get soaked though. I used to hold a rag against it while showering because I was afraid of the tape coming loose. Though, the wafer never did come off. I know a lot of folks talk about Eakin seals that are waterproof etc. Hope all works out!

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   Posted 7/17/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a couple questions:

Do you change your appliance before or after you shower?

Do you use Skin Prep all over your stomach?

What type of soap do you use? Do you use lotions?

The reason I ask those is because each one can affect your wafer/wafer tape ability to stick! Most manufacturers say to not shower or get your appliance wet within 24 yours of application (I was bored one day and actually read the inserts shocked ). Using Skin Prep all over your stomach has been known to cause the tape to fail when it gets wet as well as soaps with moisturizers and lotions skull

And, sometimes, our bodies don't work with certain brands...have you tried samples from other manufacturers?

If it's not the actual wafer, don't worry too much about it...just so you know that the wafer will be ok without the tape, I actually trim off the tape part when I use certain brands!!! Using a Sure Seal will eliminate the problem, too smilewinkgrin

Good Luck!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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   Posted 7/17/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
sure seals!

but yeah i second everything ohio said about the reasons.
For me the skin prep took it off right away
And btw those inserts are hilarious if you ever read them! I love the one for the paste where it shows the person standing there stoma out unprotected, taking the cap off then, and then putting the cap back on, still without the stoma covered!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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   Posted 7/18/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't use any skin prep. What is that? I can tell you what I don't care for and that is the skin barrier...that gummy thing. For some reason or other, the ostomy nurse I had in the hospital loves them but every time I use them the seal doesn't work well and I wind up having to take it off and applying another bag. I am using the Hollister one piece system with the charcoal filter.

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   Posted 7/18/2010 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
SURE SEAL!.... they are the best
50 yr old man, Colon Cancer survivor 2005
90 % of colon removed 2005 The rest 2-23-10
Illistomy scheduled for Feb-23-10 Done!
Healing up March 2010

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