The world has recently been experiencing one of the hottest summers on record, and while many enjoy the warmth of the sun, swimming in the sea, or relaxing on a beach chair, it does bring stoma to people some problems. Hot weather like this can make an ostomy uncomfortable and pose serious challenges, but we have some simple tips to help people with an ostomy become more tolerant of the heat.
Longterm medical has some tips for you to prepare for hot summer days; let me share a case with you.
Recently, I have seen a lot of stoma people react. This summer is super hot. Since Saudade had never experienced such a hot summer, his stoma started to hurt. When he removed the bottom plate, he saw that the stoma was swollen, and there was slight bleeding. Later, she asked the stoma doctor, who said that the hole in the bottom plate of the stoma should be cut larger in the summer, and then suggested using the skin protection powder from Longterm medical and applying it directly to the intestines, and it will get better later. The caveat is that both spray and powder should be given in doses and only used when really needed. Please don't use it as a preventative measure. It will only dry out the skin and intestines and then make it worse instead of better. The optimist told her very clearly: Always apply cold compresses to the fitting and stoma first. If it's still too cold at first, it's best to wrap the compress in a cloth. It is also important to cut the holes in the plate larger so that the intestines are not pinched, which provides for proper blood circulation. Be careful if the stoma hole is already large. Especially when it gets colder in September, the intestines are expected to become thinner again. If you have a fever or other symptoms of illness, see your doctor promptly.
＊ Tips for a good summer with an ostomy ＊
First, you have to keep the sun out of direct sunlight on your stoma
Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight on your stoma can create adhesion problems and affect the output inside the stoma. When possible, try to cover or cover your stoma to avoid problems.
Please keep drinking plenty of water.
Staying hydrated is always an important piece of advice for people with a stoma, but even more so in hot weather. Your body loses water faster than normal, so it's important to stay hydrated and increase your water intake. Drink plenty of water and possibly cut back on alcohol and coffee to avoid dehydration.
Please replenish your ostomy accessories supplies.
Many ostomy bags are designed to be effective against hot weather. Longterm products are very good at retaining moisture from sweat and contact with water (pool, shower, etc.) and staying sticky in hot weather. However, you may find that you need to change more frequently, which means making sure you have enough supplies to ensure you don't run out with increased usage.
Please keep your stoma cool.
Sitting in the sun is fine, but it's also important to make sure you stay cool and don't get heatstroke. For those lucky enough to be near the pool, a dip can be a great way to stay cool, but a cool shower can work just as well. If you're nervous about going into the pool with a stoma, you can use an ostomy cap. If you have an ileostomy, it is not possible to wear a hat, but there are other options, such as a special ostomy bag.
When you are well prepared, you can travel in an easier way.
Carry enough ostomy pockets and ostomy accessory products when traveling or traveling long distances. It is recommended to calculate by double the number of travel days. For example, if you want to travel for five days, you should bring ten days' supply to cope with accidents, such as diarrhea caused by acclimatization. Among them, take out 1-2 sets of ostomy pockets and put them in the carry-on luggage so that they can be replaced at any time.
when traveling by air
It is best to pack your supplies in separate suitcases. You should put your most important materials in your hand luggage for the first few days. IMPORTANT: Airlines don't allow scissors on planes - not even ostomy doctors.
TIP: If you are using cut-out skin protection, you should cut it in advance and put it in your hand luggage.
Travel in peace and comfort
TIP: We have great products for quick, easy, and discreet toileting while traveling:
• To neutralize unpleasant odors when emptying/changing bags, we recommend the Longterm High-efficiency Activated carbon filter • For quick and easy To clean the stoma skin, we recommend Longterm skin protective powder
The holidays - take your stoma to the beach!
We wish you a great and happy summer!
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Editor: kiki Jia
Date: August 4, 2022