Water will not harm or enter your stoma.1 If you choose to shower without the pouch, remove the skin barrier too.
Before getting in the bath or shower, make sure your seal is secure.
Waterproof tape may be helpful if you will be bathing or showering for an extended period of time. If you choose to use waterproof tape, leave it on for the life of the skin barrier. Otherwise, you may peel off your skin barrier with the tape.
If you shower with your pouch off, make sure you use a soap that is oil and residue-free.
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1Goldberg, M. Patient Education Following Urinary/Fecal Diversion. In: Carmel J. Colwell J, Goldberg, M, eds. Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Core Curriculum Ostomy Management. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2016: 131-139.