How Do I Bathe And Shower With My Stoma?

You can bathe and shower as normal with your stoma and, unless you have been specifically advised otherwise, you can do so with the stoma bag on or off. It won’t fall off in the water if you choose to keep it on.

You can normally start bathing or showering 2-3 days after your operation, but your Stoma Care Nurse will give you more specific advice.

If you keep your stoma bag in place while you are bathing and don't intend to change it afterwards, protect the filter with a filter cover (sticky patches normally supplied by the manufacturer in your box of stoma bags).

As with swimming, some stoma bags have covers particularly suited to showering and bathing. Our Aura range of flushable, colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy bags, for instance, features a soft cover made from a special rapid drying fabric – it really is like water off a duck’s back. You don’t have to worry about wet patches or discomfort; when you get out of the water, simply pat the bag down gently with a towel. This fabric can help with perspiration build up as well.

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