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Comfortable Wrap Vs Overheating

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 3:32 pm

I'm in search of a wrap that will conceal my osotmy under clothing but that won't cause me to overheat in the summer months.

I've been wearing camisoles for years and they work just fine - until I engage in any strenuous activity, both indoors and out. (And the older I get, the less strenuous an activity has to be before I start overheating. I'm 43; judging by the hot flashes my sisters experienced at this age and beyond, I imagine it'll only get worse from now on for me.)

What kind of fabric has the strength of shapewear such as Lycra, and the breathability of cotton or merino wool?

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 4:05 pm

I use a tummy sleve from a maternity shop 84 nylon 16 spandex. Worth a try.

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 4:15 pm

Thanks, xnine. I've tried those as well but unfortunately I think they actually made it worse. 😔

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 7:29 pm

Ostomy Secrets carries wraps for men and women..  give them a try....

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:57 pm
I use women’s tube tops as a wrap. You can get them on amazon for cheap and different colours. I have had mine for 8 years and they are still going strong, and the ones I bought from Comfizz,I think it’s called (in the uk) started coming apart after a short period of time and they are 4 times the price. I work out in mine with no issues. They are light and keep everything in place. They are called seamless bandeau’s (one size) on Amazon. Not sure the cotton blend percentage cause I cut the tags off. I sweat a lot and they don’t make me feel any hotter. Hope this helps you Smile
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:55 am

Hi, I have been struggling with this as well. I have always run hot and now that I am in my 40's it is worse. All the products i have used were unbearably hot and uncomfortable. I took a basic sewing class and started making my own ostomy wraps. I use different stretch cotton jerseys usually with 50/50 stretch. I have a curvy wrap from ostomysecrets that I used as a guide to make my own pattern. Making my own wraps has also extended the wear time on my appliance. Let me know if you have any questions. 



Last edited by newnormal on Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:59 am; edited 1 time in total
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:58 am
I don't think there's an easy answer. I use both the maternal belly band tubes as well as ostomy secrets wraps. I live in the southeastern US so it's hot! When I'm outside mowing the lawn or such I use a thin maternal belly band. I bought several as it's soaking when done. I also have two thicker fabric belly bands that I wear in winter. My everyday wear is the ostomy secrets wrap because I like the pockets and it has held up remarkably well over the years - well constructed. If I'm hiking or doing sports I usually wear ostomyarmor primarily for stoma protection and hernia prevention.
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:38 pm

I have just been wearing stretch tank tops pretty much all year round under everything. Walmart sells them now for $1.68 . They hold eveything in place without the little bulge and make me feel a little more secure. 

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:57 pm
Thanks for the suggestions. Ostomy Secrets doesn't ship to Canada, but I'll look into Comfizz.

Wraps may end up being a cold-weather-only thing for me, so for now, I'm trying a trick from way back - I did this when I first got my ileostomy at nineteen... Because the top of my pouch is the part I find most difficult to conceal, I'm using Mefix to tape the top of my pouch to my skin. My stoma is recessed and I wear a convex flange so there's no danger of irritating my stoma or hindering the output. I put it on after I shower in the morning and remove it when I get home from work. Its working so far.

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:04 pm
newnormal wrote:

Hi, I have been struggling with this as well. I have always run hot and now that I am in my 40's it is worse. All the products i have used were unbearably hot and uncomfortable. I took a basic sewing class and started making my own ostomy wraps. I use different stretch cotton jerseys usually with 50/50 stretch. I have a curvy wrap from ostomysecrets that I used as a guide to make my own pattern. Making my own wraps has also extended the wear time on my appliance. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Hello Newnormal,

"Unbearably hot and uncomfortable." Exactly. Those words tell me you kow exactly what I'm talking about. Smile

 

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:27 pm

I use under armor heat gear shirts, they provide a nice compression and hold things in place. 

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:22 am

I live in hot Malaysia. I bought a Japanese product (Mimura) via website Lazada Singapore (like Amazon out here). It costs about $100 but it's made from mesh and it's nice. I don't sweat much with it and it doesn't cut me. The stoma opening is adjustable velcro. It's worked well for me. Very happy with it.

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:44 am

Using a tube top is a brilliant idea! 

I have tried the various ones from Ostomy Secrets and the light weight one that breathes well doesn't have enough elasticity to it for my comfort. My wife sews and we tried making one from some strechy material I picked up from a fabric store (can't recall what fabric it is...) but its the heaviest/strechiest of the four I own and oddly works the worst! 

My hobby is racing cars and I'm a mechanic by trade so I wear a Nu-Hope hernia belt during all waking hours with a wrap over it for bag support. My newesty belt is breathable and far better at keeping me cool but so far none of the wraps have cut it. I'm going to try out a tube top next! 

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:57 am

Hey jaykay, fabric.com has lots of quality lightweight cotton blend jersey material for making wraps if you're interested. I can't find any decent quality fabrics at a reasonable price in a brick and mortor. If I still lived in NYC I would just go to the garment district, but online fabric merchants are the next best thing. 

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