Q: What is the best time of day to change my pouch?
A: For many people, the best time of day to change their pouch is first thing in the morning when the stoma is less active.
Q: How can I avoid issues with my ostomy when I’m traveling?
When traveling, be sure to plan ahead: Take extra supplies, pack your ostomy products in your carry-on bag when flying, precut your cut-to-fit skin barriers, and obtain a travel ID that explains your need to specific supplies while traveling. Find more tips in the Travel with an Ostomy
Q: Can I bathe with my pouch on?
A: Yes, you can take a bath or a shower while wearing a pouch.
Q: How should I care for the skin around my stoma?
Less is better when caring for the skin around your stoma. For most people, water is sufficient for cleaning the skin. If soap is needed, use a mild soap without lotions or creams that may leave a residue or film that can interfere with the adhesive. See more skin care tips in the Skin Care for Your Stoma: Three Easy Steps to Maintaining Healthy Skin
Q: Can I play sports or exercise with an ostomy?
As long as there are no complications — and your doctor has been consulted — almost any kind of sport or activity can be enjoyed. The key is to follow your doctor’s recommendations. Take it easy, start out slowly, and enjoy the thought of getting back to a normal lifestyle. Don’t do anything too aggressive or strenuous to begin with. To learn how you get back to exercise, read the Sports Fitness with an Ostomy
Q: I am starting back to work soon. Any tips?
Being prepared is most important. Carry a change of pouches and accessories with you, and keep a pouch in your desk drawer or locker at work, just in case. Also, you may want to think about an odor eliminator if you are concerned about odor in the restroom. See the Hollister Ostomy Care Accessories
page for odor eliminators.