The only time the skin around my stoma is exposed to the air is during my shower when I change my bag once a week... and that's been the same for 31 years. If your skin is fine, don't worry - it doesn't need 'air exposure', it will survive without it.
If you have a colostomy and irrigate it, then you might have some guarantee that you are going to be 'stool free' for a while, but if you don't irrigate or if you have an ileostomy, then your stoma will go as it likes and you could end up in a mess.
I don't wear a belt, but I thought the belt attached to the wafer rather than the bag itself?
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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