Hygiene

Bathing

If you bathe with a pouch, do not try to remove it immediately afterwards as this can lead to sore skin.  The adhesive is stronger when wet and becomes harder to remove.

You can bathe or shower without an appliance if you wish.  A good soak in the bath will give the skin around the stoma a chance to rest.  Be aware that your stoma might function while you are bathing or showering, especially if you are an ileostomist.

Do not use bubble bath or bath oils as they may stop the pouch sticking securely afterwards and can irritate your stoma.

If you have a power shower, the water jets can be very powerful and if directed onto your stoma, especially at close range, might cause problems.

Public Toilets

As an ostomist you can use disabled toilet facilities – these are often cleaner than other public toilets and have more space and surfaces to lay out your items.

You can obtain a RADAR key for many disabled toilets – either through the RADAR website (www.radar.org.uk) your nurse or Fittleworth.

Put a couple of sheets of toilet paper in the bowl before emptying your pouch, it reduces the noise and splashing.

Flush the toilet immediately after emptying your pouch, it can help to reduce odour.

Always have paper or wipes with you for use in public toilets as they often run out. A bottle of water can also be handy when you need to clean up.

Use only plain lukewarm water and dry wipes for cleaning your stoma (if you must use wet wipes, then make sure they are lanolin and fragrance free as the skin around your stoma can be very sensitive).

 

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