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How to Manage Common Colostomy Problems


Ostomy care is something many seniors have trouble with, and loved ones with no experience with ostomy care can also face some difficulty when faced with the common issues with having a stoma.

While having skilled nursing in California does help, your nurses and physicians are not around 24/7. Modern Home Health Care, Inc is here to give a few tips on how you can manage the common colostomy problems at home:

  • Flatulence (Gas)

    If you have just gotten out of surgery, you may feel that you have a lot of gas almost all the time. This is a common, harmless, yet embarrassing symptom that affects many who get abdominal surgery.

    The best advice our home health agency in Chula Vista, California can give is to eat smaller amounts of food about 4 to 5 times a day. Skipping meals can lead to gas, so make sure to eat regularly.

  • Odor

    Odor is something some patients in-home healthcare in California tend to worry about. The best ways are to avoid food that can produce odors ( like eggs, cabbage, and dairy food), use odor-resistant pouches, and empty their ostomy pouches often.

    You also have the option to put special deodorant liquids or tablets inside the pouch to help eliminate bad odor.

  • Skin irritation
    Skin irritation can be hard to avoid if you have a stoma. Our home health in San Diego suggests treating any skin problems around the opening right away, no matter how minor the irritation may seem.

Were these tips helpful? Let us know how else we can serve you. Dial 619-476-6619 to get in touch.

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