Monthly Archives: July 2011

Traveling with Ostomy Supplies

Traveling with an ostomy can be accomplished easily with the right knowledge and materials. A few simple suggestions will make your travel experience less stressful. First, you will need a supply of Ostomy Pouches and Accessories and a statement from your physician.

When flying, pre-cut the ostomy pouches at home to avoid carrying scissors. Airport security will confiscate scissors unless they are packed in your checked luggage. Pack your ostomy supplies in both your carry on and checked luggage. In the case of lost or delayed luggage, you don’t want to be stranded without supplies.

Ostomy Bag

Have extra supplies in the car if traveling by road, and put them in a cool place if possible.  Include Wipes, tissues and Bandage Tape and pack bottled water, if needed. Include disposal bags for used ostomy items and include over the counter remedies to counteract diarrhea, such as Imodium or Kaolin.

When driving, find locations ahead of time to stop for checking and emptying the pouch. This will avoid unnecessary leakage problems. When flying, plan your airline transfers so that you have time to check pouch at the transfer airport.

Drink a glass of water or fruit juice every hour to maintain hydration during travel and stand at least one minute every hour to promote circulation and reduce leg cramps. Seek medical attention while travelling for any unusual signs or symptoms. Keep phone numbers immediately available so you can call your doctor or ostomy nurse for sever cramps, accidental cuts, excessive bleeding at the site of the ostomy, severe skin irritation or ulcers, or decreased output in the pouch for four or more hours.

If you are travelling overseas, it is helpful to carry with you a dictionary of ostomy terms, as well as, a statement written in different languages that asks for privacy if a search is to be conducted. All screening at airports must be conducted in a way that treats passengers with courtesy, dignity, and respect. You may request that any personal screening be conducted in a private area.

Keep in mind that on Aug 10, 2006, TSA banned all liquids, gels and aerosols from carry-on baggage, with only a few exceptions for required medications, baby formula, diabetic glucose treatments, etc.

The statement from your physician should state your need for ostomy supplies in case of misunderstandings during a baggage search.  Include your doctor’s name, address and phone number.

Stoma Paste

Based on these rules, you should have no difficulty carrying a 2-ounce tube of Stoma Paste or a few remover wipes, Barrier Wipes, etc. Remember that the restrictions apply only to carry-on luggage; you can pack as much as you want in your checked luggage.

For all ostomy supplies, you should check out Vitality Medical for top quality, discount prices on Medical Supplies and service that is knowledgeable, discreet and efficient. Vitality Medical makes shopping online for all your medical supplies simpler.

Resources: A helpful book called Yes We Can is available at

General information may be found at the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc website .


Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men

Men in their 30s are increasingly reporting symptoms of impotence, a condition where a man is unable to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. This is notable, because the majority of men experiencing this are over 65. Recent statistics show that 18 million men in the US have erectile dysfunction or ED, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Younger men are at their peak in their 20s and 30s and ED in this group is rare, particularly when there are no pre-existing health issues, according to Dr Jeffrey K Cohen, a urologist for the Triangle Urology Group in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Cohen does not recommend medication for erectile dysfunction if the problems are psychological. “You don’t see a lot of erectile dysfunction in men under 40. It’s more a matter of perception of how they are functioning,” he said. Performance anxiety, unrecognized homosexuality, financial problems, family illness or death are all psychological factors that can affect this age group. To reduce stress, anxiety, or depression, men should visit their doctor for regular checkups and medical screening tests.

Some of the other causes of ED in younger men are smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, use of narcotics, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. These findings suggest that lifestyle changes would be the best cure for ED and limiting alcohol and drugs, stopping smoking, taking more exercise and getting enough sleep are highly recommended.

Impotence is caused by low testosterone levels in men over 40. In younger men the causes could be medical conditions such as HIV, AIDs, obesity, inflammatory disease, or pituitary gland disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, some medications and treatments can also be responsible for low testosterone in young males, such as cancer treatments, opiate pain medications and some hormone treatments. Injury or puberty disorder affects the production of testosterone and contracting mumps in adolescence is also a known factor.

Testosterone replacement therapy is occasionally prescribed for younger men because of these uncommon medical or hormonal needs and is given by intramuscular injections, oral tablets, or transdermal preparations or patches. This therapy is relatively new however, and recent studies warn that testosterone replacement therapies may increase the chances of prostate cancer in men.

Heart disease and diabetes are the two most common medical causes of impotence in younger men. Dealing with these issues first makes sense, as high cholesterol and high blood pressure contribute to life threatening conditions as well as erection problems. There are several natural remedies for impotence, such as exercise and switching to a nutritious diet by replacing fat, sugar and cholesterol with healthy antioxidant foods high in lycopene. Lycopene naturally relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. Also important are Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and protein such as fish, nuts and complex proteins that reduce fat, cholesterol and triglycerides in the human body.

Nutritional Diet

Viagra, Cialis or alternatives from Canada are also treatment options for erectile dysfunction as well as male impotence aids from. A recent study however found that only 1 in 29 young men discussed their erectile problems with a medical provider and most took ED drugs without a doctor’s prescription. Nearly two-thirds mixed ED drugs with other drugs that “boost sex drive and reduce inhibitions but diminish sexual performance.”

(WebMD Health News, L.Chang MD)

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