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Surviving Flu Season with an Ostomy Video

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
01/25/19  2:56 PM PST

The flu season is hard on everyone. But those with a colostomy or ileostomy are especially in danger. Ostomates often have a lowered immune system, making them more susceptible to viruses. On top of that, ostomates need to be very careful to stay as hydrated as possible, and the flu can dehydrate people quickly. Our colons do our “drinking” for us — that is, colons remove most of the water from the food we consume. With some or all of the colon gone, it can be more difficult to stay hydrated. In this Surviving Flu Season with an Ostomy video, Laura goes over the various ways to stay hydrated, and the best ways to keep yourself from getting sick in the first place.

You can also read Laura’s article about Surviving Flu Season with an Ostomy.

Want to watch this video with subtitles? You can find that option when you watch on YouTube.

More articles and videos about living well with an ostomy:

You can also find some great tips on our friend’s site: Vegan Ostomy.

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Dear Laura, I wear a two piece ostomy bag. I need help with concealing an ostomy bag. When I move around my shirt hikes up and the tip of the bag peeks out from under my shirt.
Hi Tom, I have a few suggestions that may help!
First, I'm wondering if a stealth belt would be a good option for you. This is a black belt that you can conveniently tuck your pouch...


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