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A. Always have your stoma covered with a soft, porous, non-shedding cover.
If you are exposed to excessive dust, pollution or other irritants, use a double protective covering, with the outer one dampened to create moisture in your airway. 

B. When you cough, cover both your mouth and neck area. 

C. In cold weather, use a warm scarf loosely wrapped around the neck. This will warm the cold winter air, but will not impede breathing. 

D. Protect your stoma from water at all times. During your bath or shower, use a shower shield made of hard or soft plastic or a rubber bib. 
Hairsprays, colognes, aftershaves, and other cosmetics may be irritation to your stoma, so exercise caution both at home and at the beauty parlor and barbershop. 

E. Be extremely careful at the ocean, lake or poolside. Remember your stoma is connected directly to your lungs and will fill quickly with water if you submerge yourself underwater. 

F. Have no fears about sleeping. If a blanket or pillow were to somehow cover your stoma area, instinct will cause you to wake up or roll over. 

G. Avoid dry heat indoors by using a humidifier. This is very important in your sleeping area. 

H. Don't rush yourself. Allow plenty of time to get where you want to go. 
The more relaxed you are, the better you will feel and the better you will be able to speak. 

I. Wear a medical identification bracelet stating that you are a "neck breather". 

J. Follow all instructions from your surgeon. The regular check-up is for your safety and continued recovery - don't miss one of them!