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How should I dispose incontinence pads or colostomy bags?

How should I dispose incontinence pads or colostomy bags?

Human Waste: Be mindful of your trash collectors. You can dispose of them in regular trash, like you would a baby's diaper. I would recommend a strong plastic bag that is tied off. You may wish to have a covered trash bin in a closet or cabinet with a baby-lock, especially if you have dogs. Empty the can frequently to keep odors down. Wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds after handlin. ...Read more

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Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more


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Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Whatever: Can you still find a paper bag? The idea is to build up co2 levels so the smallest bag that will cover both your nose and mouth and hold a good breath would work. But a big bag would probably work almost as fast if that's all you have. Plastic would not be a good idea. ...Read more

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Will colostomy significantly change my lifestyle forever?

Takes time to adjust: It is a major shift in life and takes tremendous courage and tolerance. It is a shift in thinking. Dr.Remen has one she speaks about her life her website http://www.Rachelremen.Com/ktw.Html i was inspired by dr. Remen you might be able to connect with her regarding coping. ...Read more

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Can dipping a brown paper bag in vinegar water and sealing a jammed finger overnight work?

Can dipping a brown paper bag in vinegar water and sealing a jammed finger overnight work?

Information: Probably not. I jammed finger is a blunt injury to one or mote joints. There will be pain and swelling that will gradually subside in a few days. Motion should not be forced beyon d the pint of discomfort. Be sure there is no fracture, or dislocation. This means you need to seek consultation. ...Read more

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Paralyzed waist down, bubbles in cath bag after suds enema accidentally put in vagina.Low grade temp for 2 days. Could enema cause uti or worse?

Paralyzed waist down, bubbles in cath bag after suds enema accidentally put in vagina.Low grade temp for 2 days. Could enema cause uti or worse?

Yes: If some of the soap solution got into the urethra around the catheter and it was not sterile or if there is an abnormal connection between vagina and bladder. With a fever and changed appearance of urine you should be checked for a UTI. GOod luck. ...Read more

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How should one empty a colostomy bag from a chair?

How should one empty a colostomy bag from a chair?

Carefully: Whether sitting or standing, it shouldn't really matter. As long as the open part of the bag is at the lowest point, you should be able to empty the bag completely without making a mess. ...Read more

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65y/o male, w/colostomy bag, surgery 13wk ago¬hing but sick, vomiting some blood, dehydrated, feces in stomach, bags don't work.Lost faith in doc.Advise?

65y/o male, w/colostomy bag, surgery 13wk ago&nothing but sick, vomiting some blood, dehydrated, feces in stomach, bags don't work.Lost faith in doc.Advise?

Bowel obstruction: You may have a bowel obstruction or abscess from resolving infection. You need IV fluid, possible ct scan or xray, bloodwork and possible antibiotics. Many early bowel obstructions within weeks of surgery resolve with conservative medical care. Call your surgeon or go to the hospital if you are feeling really sick. ...Read more

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Will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? He accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.

Will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? He accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.

Likely not: The bag is not that easily digested but a small one may well pass through without causing any obstruction. Need to take him to the ER if he starts vomiting and complains of severe abdominal cramps. ...Read more

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Colostomy but leaking stool from anus c4 level sci, 21 years post injury. Colostomy about 18 years. Leaking stool from rectum last 4 or 5 days..?

Depends: I do not know what surgery you had, if it is an end or loop colostomy. The residual rectum will occasionally have a thick mucous dischage that could look like bowel contents, and if you have a loop colostomy the rectal discharge could be more. May need to see a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Can a change in bowel habits mean colorectal cancer?

Can a change in bowel habits mean colorectal cancer?

Yes: Persistent changes not correlating to your dietary or activity change should be worked up by your doctor. It does not diagnose colon cancer by itself but it is one of the symptoms. ...Read more

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In the colostomy operation for colorectal cancer, what happen if the colostomy bag is broken? And how does this affect the daily activities?

Dramatically: The bag attached to the colostomy site serves the purpose of keeping the stool and intestinal waste products confined. If the bag broke, it would be messy and foul smelling, affecting your activities of daily life. A secondary bag should be available at all times to make the switch if needed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does hymen change in shape after loosing?

Does hymen change in shape after loosing?

Depends: The hymen is a membrane that surrounds or partially covers the external vaginal opening. It forms part of the vulva, or external genitalia, and is similar in structure to the vagina.If the hymen is sufficiently elastic, it may return to nearly its original condition. In other cases, there may be remnants (carunculae myrtiformes), or it may appear completely absent after repeated penetration. ...Read more

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Does your eyeball shape change through life?

Does your eyeball shape change through life?

Some more than other: People with extreme myopia (nearsightedness) may have progressive elongation of the eyeballs. Tight eyelids in youth may cause astigmatism (vertical), which becomes horizontal as the eyelids become loose with age. ...Read more

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Can new stitched wound due to normal birth delivery contract HIV via blood left on toilet seat cover and inner rim and stained water in toilet bowl?

Can new stitched wound due to normal birth delivery contract HIV via blood left on toilet seat cover and inner rim and stained water in toilet bowl?

I say "No": Your stitched wound is sealed by fibrin and is impervious to HIV unless something happened to re-open it. It's a wimpy virus. Congratulations on being a new mother. ...Read more

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Will anusol suppositories leave oily film ontop of toilet water after bowel movement?

Will anusol suppositories leave oily film ontop of toilet water after bowel movement?

Possibly: If you used an anusol suppository it may well leave an oily residue in the toilet after a bm. Not likely if you are using cream, as not much quantity would be in the toilet bowl. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I've experienced bowel movements the color of a light brown paper bag lately. Is that normal?

I've experienced bowel movements  the color of a light brown paper bag lately. Is that normal?

Stools now "pale": Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) stool. Lots of other things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, & the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more

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SubColectomy w/Ileostomy Placmnt in 01, Abdominal Dishences frm c.diff infec causin rectum removl. Ileostomy revisn X2 in 09. Reversal Possible now?

SubColectomy w/Ileostomy Placmnt in 01, Abdominal Dishences frm c.diff infec causin rectum removl. Ileostomy revisn X2 in 09. Reversal Possible now?

Maybe: It depends on whether or not the rectum was removed or not. There's no reason to think you have a sphincter problem, and if that's true, along with the presence of the rectum, you may be able to get reversed. Without most of the colon, likely to have frequent BM's. see a colorectal surgeon for a more complete eval. Hope this helps! ...Read more