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What should I know about air travel?
October 21, 2011 : : 0 comments

When travelling by air everyone is at risk of getting dehydration and jet lag.  To help counteract this, drink a glass of fruit juice or water every hour of flying.  This will especially…

My ileostomy bleeds when it is being cleaned. Is this okay?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

The surface of the stoma consists of material that contains millions of tiny blood vessels. They are now exposed to the air and are not covered in skin, like the rest of the…

What is the best type of bag for my ileostomy?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

There are many different styles available. The basic differences are:

  • Clear or opaque
  • One-piece or two-piece
  • Flat or convexity
  • Pre-cut or cut-to-fit

The bag will be a drainable one, due to the consistency of the output.

There are so…

How often do I need to attend to my bag?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

The bag acts as a new reservoir for storing the end products of digestion from your small intestine. Once the bag is 1/3 – ½ full it will need to be emptied. Your…

What happens if I forget to check my bag?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

If your bag overfills, it will start to lift away from your skin. This will cause leakage and will not be very pleasant for you.

You will get into the habit of checking every…

When can I resume my usual tasks, e.g. housework, drive a car, work, play sport?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

This will depend on your general health and how quickly you recover.

If you have any other health issues, like diabetes, wound infection, chest problems, it may take longer for you to recover.

It usually…

Where do I get my ileostomy care supplies from?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

People with a stoma, who live in Australia, are part of the best system in the world. We have a special scheme, called the stoma appliance scheme (SAS).

It is managed by the Department…

Do I need a special diet?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

As long as you are not usually on a special diet, you can resume enjoying a normal healthy food plan.

People who have a loop ileostomy are prone to getting a food ball (bolus)…

Do I always have to cut the hole in my ileostomy products?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

If you have a round stoma, you may get pre-cut products once your stoma has settled to its ultimate size.

If your stoma is oval or uneven in shape you will need to cut…

The skin around my stoma is red and sore. Am I doing something wrong?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

Possibly the most common reason for sore and red skin is incorrect sizing.

If you are unsure, make an appointment to see your STN.

The hole should be a snug (not tight) fit around the…

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