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Living With A Colostomy

Healthy living when you have a colostomy is more important than ever. You may have to watch what you eat more closely, and you have to practice thorough cleaning habits to prevent infection of your stoma. Your stoma allows you to rid your body of excrement safely, so it is vital that the area is well cleaned and protected at all times.

Additionally, diet is a concern for folks with a colostomy. How do you prevent diarrhea and constipation? How do you stay hydrated? To prevent any adverse affects, the advice is fairly universal: eat a balanced diet. Try to avoid spicy foods, and always incorporate a source of fiber into your daily eating habits. These include bran sources, bananas, pasta, and peanut butter to control regularity and to prevent or stop diarrhea.

Drink plenty of fluids also. It's easy to get dehydrated and to not even know it. Typically, you should drink eight to ten glasses of liquid a day, including some fruit juice and even tea. If you are vomiting or experiencing heavy diarrhea, though, it is important to drink even more fluids until the symptoms pass.

Many people wonder about their activity level after a colostomy. You can shower or bathe with or without the pouch, and you can even swim with the use of a special pouch or waterproof tape. Heavy lifting should typically be avoided, and you should always alert your doctor if you experience a strain in your abdominal area. Changes in the skin around your stoma or severe cramping should also be shared with your doctor right away. For more tips and supplies, check out the SGVMedical.com website at www.sgvmedical.com. We can also be reached by phone at 800-395-6099.


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