Showering with a Stoma

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   Posted 4/16/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just been reading on another site about showering. I have been removing the bag and showering without any problem. I leave the barrier on. Is there some reservation about getting the stoma wet? My wife seems to think that there is, but I like the clean feeling I get.
Arundinaria yeah

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   Posted 4/17/2007 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Arundinaria.

I generaly prefer to leave my bag on in the shower and change afterwards. Sometimes I shower without it and getting it wet isnt a problem at all. If the stoma doesnt get wet how would you keep it clean? it might not be a good idea to aim a powerful shower right at the stoma though so as not to damage it.

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   Posted 4/17/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Your stoma is used to having poop on it and in it all the time, water is not going to hurt it in the slightest :) It can, however, erode the wafer away a bit but if you're still getting good weartime the way you're doing it, then go for it :) Remember, with ostomy care, whatever works for you is the right way :)

On change days, I completely remove my bag (I wear a one piece) and let the water run over my stoma to get it really clean. Harriet (my stoma) loves it :). At all other times I wear my bag in the shower without a problem.

Take care.

I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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