If you haven’t already got one, it may be a good idea to buy a vaporiser (about $35 from your chemist) for use during winter. Regular use of a vaporiser will help stop your stoma from drying out.

If you don’t want to use a vaporiser, you can use steam. Just boil some water, put it into a warmed up dish or bowl, cover your head and the bowl with a towel and inhale the steam.

Regular use of radiators or heaters in winter can dry the air, and your stoma and skin. To counteract this dryness, simply keep a bowl of water in the room where you use your heater. This will help to replace moisture in the air.